Mani Tese has always promoted environmental justice in the world, as the right of communities to exercise full control over the natural and energy resources of their territory.
In recent years, however, climate change is altering access to these resources, causing serious harm especially to indigenous peoples in the global South.
As is often the case, it is the most vulnerable who pay the price for the wicked choices of big business and politics.
For this reason we have decided to join the Climate Open Platform, a network of organizations and individuals who want to have a voice at the COP26 next November in Glasgow (Scotland), where nations from around the world will gather to decide on the future of all the inhabitants of the planet.
Read the appeal below
The 2015 COP21 Paris Accords seemed like an important first step in the right direction. Six years later, the results achieved are largely unsatisfactory.
The goal of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees has been called into question, so much so that there is now talk of not exceeding 2 degrees. But between the two values there is a huge difference with respect to the impact on ecosystems and the lives of people living in areas most at risk. We are tired of the climate crisis not being taken seriously and we are tired of the empty promises of politicians and governments around the world. Some timid steps forward have been taken, but no action has yet been taken with the necessary urgency and concreteness, while extreme weather, desertification and many other cataclysmic events are already bearing down on us. We are tired of the pollution and greenwashing of the public debate by oil companies, private lobbies and all the other great devastators of the planet. We think it is important that life on the planet be defended from the predatory and extractivist approach that the powerful of the earth have carried out in the last centuries.
That’s why it’s essential to have a voice at COP26 next November, in Glasgow (Scotland), where nations from around the world will gather to decide on the future of everyone on the planet.
The steps towards this event will be held in our country, in Milan, between September 28 and October 2. The Youth4Climate and PreCOP are called to make recommendations and define key issues for the negotiations of the following month.
We therefore give life to the Climate Open Platform. As civil society and movements we want to do our part, monitoring and trying to influence the institutional processes, in accordance with the associations and movements that will act in Glasgow and that share the guiding principle of our action: Climate Justice.
By climate justice we mean the social, economic and political change aimed at halting and reversing the effects of climate change and redistributing resources and well-being in a fair way at a global level, through a strong role of states and the centrality of real democracy and participation.
A commitment to justice that gives global warming an ethical and political dimension, as well as an environmental one, and that requires considering the disproportionate impact of climate change on citizens and communities, in both rich and impoverished economies. The most vulnerable social groups and peoples are in fact the ones who suffer the greatest impact even though they are the least responsible for overall climate-changing emissions. The rights of peoples, especially in historically and/or still exploited areas of the world, must be protected.
- In the IPCC reports (in particular “Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C”), the abandonment of fossil fuels is a constant for the development scenarios that would allow to reach the 1.5°C target. Therefore it is necessary that no new projects of research, extraction, processing (transformation) and consumption of fossil fuels are authorized, and that a gradual reconversion of the existing ones is carried out, proceeding towards a just transition.
- UNFCCC argues that the transition to a circular economy is necessary: production and consumption must follow the rhythms dictated by the real human needs compatible with natural resources. Abandoning the idea of infinite growth in a finite world, finance must radically change its approach by disinvesting from fossil fuels and extractive projects incompatible with the protection of the planet and those who live on it, redirecting resources towards initiatives that are truly sustainable and supportive.
- For the fight for climate justice to follow the scientific consensus by relying on the best available science and for the scientific community to play an active role in helping to determine the goals and steps of the transition to a stable and safe climate scenario for the planet and those who live on it, scientific knowledge must be free, free, accessible and participatory. No one should profit from scientific knowledge and that is why we also reiterate the need for Covid vaccines to be free of intellectual property rights.
- Numerous studies and statistics underline the link between climate crisis and human rights violations: climate change puts at risk the security and livelihoods of billions of human beings. Human rights (including but not limited to those enshrined in the International Bill of Human Rights) and the rights of working men and women must be guaranteed for everyone everywhere. Along with human rights, the rights of nature must be recognized, as advocated by indigenous cosmogonies.
- The peoples and territories that are suffering first and hardest from the effects of the climate crisis have in common a past of exploitation by colonial powers and are those who bear the least responsibility for the climate crisis. The struggle for climate justice is therefore an anti-racist and anti-colonialist struggle. It is necessary to dismantle the system that continues to perpetrate inequality and exploitation on a global scale. Reparations must be made to Global South and indigenous communities around the world, demanding immediate funding for the Green Climate Fund and repaying them in full through a redistribution of power and resources, as well as debt cancellation for the poorest countries.
- The struggle for climate justice is a transfeminist struggle that promotes the abolition of gender roles and patriarchal dynamics in the family, society, economy, politics, and every other context.
- The link between pandemics, zoonoses and ecosystem destruction is well established. The protection of ecosystems is the protection of human welfare and health, and since there is a relationship of interdependence between every living being, it is important that it is protected. The COP15 on Biodiversity will be fundamental to the pursuit of this goal. It must define more stringent limits for the conservation of biodiversity and oppose all interventions that alter it, from the introduction of invasive species to the pollution of soil, water and air.
- The climate crisis puts millions of jobs at risk around the world. A just ecological transition is needed to protect workers, and it cannot happen at their expense. Just transition plans must be established through participatory pathways to plan a new model of sustainable development and create new jobs and just transition measures, universal social safety nets, lifelong learning and retraining. Workers’ rights must be protected and their livelihoods guaranteed during and after the transition to a sustainable economy.
- Our planet, the only one we have, is a common good shared by everyone who inhabits it. Every individual has the right to freedom of movement and every migrant must have their fundamental rights recognized, especially in a situation of pandemic and climate crisis that increases inequalities on a global scale. COP26 must move forward expeditiously to recognize environmental migrants and support programs for adaptation and repair of loss & damages.
- The projects of useless, harmful and polluting large works are no longer sustainable and should be favored more localized interventions that ensure the health of the territories and those who live there.
- We recognize the critical role that a free education free of private funding has in giving us and the next generation the essential tools to imagine and practice ecological transition and just and equitable change.
Starting from these premises, the Climate Open Platform aims to be a space of political and organizational convergence, in which to continue a collective work based on confrontation and consensus among all the realities and individuals who want to take part in the construction of this path.
During the last week of September, at the same time as the Youth Cop and Pre Cop meetings, Climate Open Platform will organize in Milan the Eco-social Forum, a week of events, initiatives, debates, actions, which will focus on the battle for climate and social justice, and will take to the streets on October 1st and 2nd, bringing back the fight for a fairer world.
In addition, Climate Open Platform will consider participation or solidarity in non-violent climate justice actions and mobilizations organized by other activists, organizations, and movements that promote a horizon of claims consistent with this call.
Towards and during these important events we want to build a path that makes our voice heard, the voice of all and everyone, the voice of those who want to give a different future to the planet.
Let’s spread the word, let’s participate, let’s get organized!
According to various sources, more than 100 civilians were killed in the attack that took place on the night between 4 and 5 June at the village of Solhan, located in the province of Yagha in the Sahel region, located on the border between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. In these three countries, unfortunately, a crisis is underway which at the moment seems unstoppable and which is causing immense suffering to the civilian population: attacks, deaths and thousands of displaced people who have to flee their lands are daily news.
Returning to what happened in Solhan according to the news agency of Burkina Faso the terrorists, several groups of jihadist matrix have been operating for years in this area of the country, entered the village shooting on the people they met, setting fire to homes and the village market. It is the most serious tragedy since 2015, a year that is considered to be the start of the process of destabilization of Burkina Faso, which has so far led to more than 1400 deaths and more than a million internally displaced persons.
“The country is in shock for this further attack – Giulia Polato tells us from Ouagadougou, where she manages the projects of Mani Tese in the country – People are terrified, tired and devastated by this war of which on the other side of the Mediterranean no one speaks. Today there are 132 dead to mourn. And tomorrow?”
Three days of national mourning have been proclaimed by President Rock Kaboré, who also declared that the country’s defense and security forces have been mobilized to search for and neutralize the perpetrators of this despicable act.
Mani Tese joins the pain of the people of Burkina Faso and the families of the victims in this moment of great suffering. Mani Tese remains committed with even more motivation with various development projects in the country to combat the widespread poverty that affects its population. Poverty is unfortunately a fertile ground for terrorists who manage to recruit young people with no future prospects for their brutal actions.
On Saturday 23 January the tropical cyclone Eloise struck Mozambique and in particular the province of Sofala, south of Zambezia where Mani Tese operates.
There was a great deal of damage caused by winds and rains that destroyed homes and devastated agricultural fields in a region already in great suffering.
Unfortunately, this is not the first cyclone to bring Mozambique to its knees: in March 2019, in fact, cyclone Idai hit the country causing serious damage and about 1,000 deaths.
Two years ago, Zambezia was one of the most affected provinces, while fortunately this time only a few houses were hit in the districts of Quelimane and Nicoadala, where Mani Tese is present with the “Rural Quelimane” project (photo at the bottom of the article).
However, the increase of these atmospheric phenomena is worrying which, if once repeated about ten years apart from each other, now occur with great frequency, as stated in Avvenire by don Claudio Dalla Zuanna, Italian bishop of Beira.
As it has done in the past, Mani Tese will continue to combat climate change in Mozambique and will be ready to intervene in the event of an emergency as happened in 2019 together with WFP.
To learn more about cyclone Eloise: https://www.africa-express.info/2021/01/29/ciclone-tropicale-eloisa-devasta-mozambico/
For more information on our projects in Mozambique: https://www.manitese.it/en/paese/mozambique
Here are some photos of the damaged houses in the community where we operate.
by Giosuè De Salvo, Head of Advocacy, Education and Campaigns for Mani Tese
Multinational companies today find themselves operating all over the world in a context of substantial impunity. Many, too many of them are responsible for environmental devastation, systematic violations of workers’ rights, expulsions of indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands and repeated exploitation of child labor. Those who resist abuse are, when it goes well, fired on the spot, when it goes wrong, end up in prison, disappear into thin air or, worse, lose their lives.
After years of complaints from associations, NGOs and trade unions, the European Commission is finally ready to consider a new EU law that makes companies legally responsible for their impact on people and on the planet.
We refer to so-called “due diligence” rules in the field of human rights and the environment that should impose on all companies – from the giants of fossil fuels and agro-business, to fashion retailers and electronics manufacturers – to have effective policies and behaviors in ensuring that human rights and the environment are not harmed either by the operations they directly undertake at global level, or within the supply chains they use on five continents .
What is “Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence”?
It is generally understood as the process that companies must put in place to identify, prevent, reduce and account for the negative impacts of their activities or those involving subsidiaries, subcontractors, suppliers that are related to them.
Before making a proposal to the Council and Parliament, as is customary, the Commission wants to hear the voice of European citizens, yours, our voice. He then opened a public consultation in which Mani Tese participates and invites to participate.
By signing at the following link: www.enforcinghumanrights-duediligence.eu/en we will all indicate together which are the essential elements of the new legislation.
For this to work, it must:
- cover human rights, environmental and social impacts along the entire supply chain;
- have teeth: companies face heavy penalties if they break the rules;
- making companies responsible for bad practices both at home and abroad;
- involve the trade unions and NGOs present in the production plants and territories in the preparation of the “due diligence” plans at every stage of the process;
- ensure that businesses always consult with (potentially) interested communities and individuals and, when required by international conventions, obtain their consent;
- make it easier for all victims of corporate abuse, trade unions and civil society to seek justice in the courts of the European Union, where in the countries of origin of the victims there are no conditions to guarantee the right to a fair trial.
We need as many people as possible to convince the European Commission to change the rules of the game to end corporate impunity and enforce human rights and the environment.
The clock is ticking.
Help us build pressure, have your say until February 8, 2021!
Black Friday is the day of discounts, offers, sales… and compulsive consumption. A consumption that pollutes the planet, fills our homes with objects that are often useless and feeds the exploitation of underpaid workers without rights.
This is the case in particular of the fashion industry and Fast Fashion: clothing at bargain prices that, however, hide a very high environmental and social cost.
For this reason, activists from the Change FASHION community have launched the #GreenFriday social challenge, an online action to raise awareness of the impact of our purchases on the planet and on people.
Participate too! Share a selfie on social media with the hashtags #GreenFriday and #CambiaMODA! Write them on a sheet of paper, on your skin or use the dedicated sticker on Instagram, and accompany the selfie with a short message to raise awareness on the impact of Fast Fashion (you can take a cue from here). Post and tag your friends to do the same!
And if you haven’t done so yet, join the Change FASHION community: https://www.cambiamoda.it/
“Change FASHION!” is a project realized thanks to the contribution of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. If you want to know more click here: https://www.manitese.it/en/project/change-fashion
by Riccardo Rossella, Advocacy, Education and Campaigns Area
A month ago, on the occasion of our joining the Fashion Revolution Week 2020, we described the situation of serious difficulty in which the workers employed along the global textile and clothing supply chains found themselves, a sector among the hardest hit by the current crisis due to the sharp slowdown in both production and the demand for clothes and accessories.
Today, one month later, the situation shows no signs of improvement. Millions of people around the world continue to lose jobs and income, or to avoid this they are forced to work in the absence of the necessary protection measures against the coronavirus infection.
The answer to this dramatic picture must come first from the companies upstream of the supply chains, which have the responsibility of protecting those people who have allowed a continuous increase in profits in the past years, starting from compliance with the contractual commitments in place with their own companies. providers.
For this reason Mani Tese supports the petition addressed by the Clean Clothes Campaign to fashion brands and distributors to take all the necessary measures to provide adequate health, economic and social safeguards to all workers employed along their supply chains.
However, governments too can and must do their part, starting with the Italian one. We therefore also join in the requests that the Clean Clothes Campaign itself has forwarded to the government to ask that access to the public funds of the Relaunch Decree be guaranteed only to those companies that are committed to respecting human rights and pay taxes in our country.
The crisis we are experiencing can be an opportunity to radically change the old and worn-out business models, right away: the restart must necessarily take place in the spirit of respect for the rights of all workers and protection of the environment. There must be a renewed commitment on the part of everyone to social, economic and environmental justice.
To sign the Clean Clothes Campaign petition: https://petizioni.abitipuliti.org/covid19/
To find out more about the requests sent to the Italian Government: http://www.abitipuliti.org/regole-vincolanti-per-le-imprese/vincolare-i-fondi-al-rispetto-dei-diritti-umani-e-ambientali-altrimenti -the-patch-will-be-bigger-than-the-hole/
To discover the Made in Justice program, aimed at promoting new business models that respect the environment and human rights: https://www.manitese.it/en/made-in-justice
by Riccardo Rossella, Advocacy, Education and Campaigns Area
April 24, 2013 marks an indelible date for the fashion industry. On the western outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, the Rana Plaza building undergoes structural failure, collapsing on itself. 1,133 people lose their lives in the collapse, over 2,500 are injured. Most of them were male and female workers in the textile industry: the eight-storey building housed several factories that made clothing products for big Western brands, including Benetton, Inditex (a group that owns brands such as Zara, Bershka and Pull and Bear) and Primark.
The tragedy takes on an even more bitter taste when you consider that it could have been easily avoided. Indeed, just the day before the collapse, alarming cracks were found inside the building during an inspection, which led the inspectors to ask for its immediate evacuation and closure. A warning ignored by the owners of the textile factories.
What happened turned the spotlight on the problem of conditions of extreme precariousness and insecurity of those who work in the factories in the South of the world that produce our clothes. A first tangible step forward was the “Agreement for Fire Prevention and Building Safety in Bangladesh”. Signed by the main trade unions and by over 200 clothing brands, it has allowed, at least so far, to raise the level of attention and reduce some of the most recurrent risks.
The global Fashion Revolution movement originated from the rubble of the Rana Plaza, which calls for a profound change in the fashion industry based on greater transparency along the production chains and the improvement of the conditions of the workers who are part of it. The movement has its maximum visibility on the occasion of the Fashion Revolution Week which, once a year, around April 24, brings together millions of activists, citizens and consumers around the world to ask the brands in the sector for greater transparency and greater responsibility, through the iconic hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes?.
This year the appointment takes on even greater relevance since the clothing sector is facing a crisis whose consequences are increasingly dramatic. The global pandemic caused by Covid-19 is in fact paralyzing a global supply chain characterized by high complexity, fragmentation and interdependence. The suspension of activities in factories, first in China and then in the rest of the world, including Italy, combined with the subsequent closure of physical stores, is causing a real chain disaster. While consumer purchases collapse, brands find themselves dealing with warehouses bursting with unsold items and the impossibility of planning the next collections.
A crisis that is thus affecting the entire fashion industry, without exception, but whose most serious repercussions fall, once again, on the shoulders of the most vulnerable categories. This is the case, for example, of independent artisans and stylists, who have a lower ability to withstand the economic shock, or of employees of major brands in Europe and the United States, forced to layoff. In the global South, the suspension of orders from rich countries is compromising the existence of hundreds of thousands of “bosses”, already normally forced to operate with tight margins and prohibitive delivery times.
In some cases the big brands are also refusing to receive and pay for orders already placed weeks or months ago, now ready for delivery. All this, combined with the “lockdown” imposed in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Cambodia and Myanmar, is causing millions of male and female workers to be left at home without a salary and without access to forms of social protection. On the other hand, it is no better in those cases in which factories and workshops continue to remain open, given that the absence or insufficiency of the necessary protection measures exposes workers to a very high risk of contagion.
The Coronavirus emergency is making explicit all the distortions of a model of design, creation and consumption that is structurally unsustainable, in which the increasingly frenetic purchase of new clothing is offset by the exploitation of millions of people, especially women and children, and a huge environmental impact. The need to start a real Fashion Revolution, which goes beyond slogans and takes shape in the way of thinking and putting into practice fashion, appears more urgent than ever.
Mani Tese has been fighting for this cause for decades and, starting next revolutionary week, will do everything to make the crisis we are experiencing turn into an opportunity that everyone is talking about but which, unfortunately, too few still want to take on board.
To find out more about Mani Tese’s commitment to promoting new business models that respect the environment and human rights, visit the MADE IN JUSTICE page: https://www.manitese.it/en/made-in-justice
To discover the CHANGE FASHION! Project, aimed at raising awareness on the impacts of the fast fashion system, visit the project page: https://www.manitese.it/project/en/change-fashion
For more information and materials on Fashion Revolution Week 2020: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/resources/free-downloads/
Saturday 2 September 2017 in Caldarola (Macerata) there will be an event that will see the meeting between two realities “stronger than the earthquake”. The experience of the Rulli Frulli band from Finale Emilia, an inclusion project that grew up in the difficult circumstances of the Emilia earthquake, will in fact meet the community of Caldarola hit by the earthquake. During the event, performances by the band will alternate with those of the young choristers of Caldarola and the Città di Appignano band body.
“The twinning with Caldarola was born when a municipal administrator, turning on the TV for the first time after many months from the earthquake of October 2016, found himself listening to the interview with our captain Federico on air on a national channel – explain the Rulli Frulli – interview in which he told how the earthquake of May 2012 that hit Emilia had directly involved the band as well.
That interview was the spark that gave us the opportunity to get to know each other and give birth to a brotherhood between two realities that had in common the warmth of solidarity more than the drama of the earthquake”.
The event is also promoted by Mani Tese Finale Emilia, at whose headquarters the Rulli Frulli band has built their own house. Here to deepen and support the project.
Below is the program of the event: