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Seeds of Justice

On November 9 2021 – Global Day of InterAction for a #WorldwithoutWalls, join our Urgent Letter and denounce the ‘False Solutions’, the ‘climate walls’, the greenwashing attempts that promote human rights violations as ‘sustainable solutions’.

Instead, we propose a simple act to reclaim our memories, actions and visions.

Join us as we start connecting by planting memorial trees to those that have sacrificed their lives to heal the planet and the people.

How to join

On this year’s November 9, we are starting a series of Urgent Letters, with which we navigate where our struggles intersect and hope to bring people together to deepen the cracks in the walls that oppress us until we dismantle them

As governments meet at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow – Scotland, our World without Walls initiative has released the first Urgent Letter to denounce ‘False Solutions’, the ‘climate walls’, the greenwashing attempts that promote human rights violations as ‘sustainable solutions’.

Join us in a simple act to reclaim our memories, actions and visions based on peoples’ power that can truly make our world a better place.

Plant a memorial tree to one of those people that have been killed and have sacrificed their lives to heal the planet and the people.

The trees we are planting don’t cover up crimes but uncover our determination, solidarity and capacity to grow justice. They will remind us of the wisdom of the People of Lenca in Mesoamerica that those that have been killed, don’t die but are seeds of justice. Our trees will make us breathe hope and freedom, justice and equality.

You can plant:

– a physical Memorial Tree in your community.

– a Memorial Tree as a mural in your community.

– a virtual Memorial Tree by sharing the image below with a post dedicated to somebody that has sacrificed their lives to heal the planet and the people. (Please use the hashtags #MemorialTree and #WorldwithoutWalls so you connect your post to the other actions. )

Our Memorial Trees

Your Memorial Tree

We have only started the connections, rooted in the Memorial Trees that ensure all those that have given their lives to heal the planet and the people will become through us seeds of justice.

Plant your own Memorial Tree and let us know so that you can become a branch of the growth of people’s power for justice.

Share your Memorial Tree with global@stopthewall.org

Palestine

We will be planting a Memorial Tree in honour of Mohammed Da’da, 13, who was killed by the Israeli occupation on November 5 during a peaceful protest in Nablus district. He was born and raised in Askar refugee camp in Nablus. The memorial tree stands as an impulse of steadfastness.

Colombia

BDS Colombia has planted a Memorial Tree in Bogotá to honour of Jovita Osorio, killed on May 2021 in Colombia and Jawaher Abu Rahman, killed in January 2011 in Palestine. Both died after being targeted by tear gas produced by Combined Systems Inc.

Argentina

In Buenos Aires, a Caravan “Free Palestine” will move through the city and will conclude with the planting of a Memorial Tree.

South Africa

In Salt River, Cape Town, the community will be planting a Memorial Tree.

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Urgent Letter: Our Time to Become A Real Seed Of Justice

As governments meet at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow – Scotland, we echo the people and movements across the globe that demand real and urgent solutions, based on the understanding that the climate crisis cannot be tackled without climate, social and economic justice.

The climate crisis is a result of centuries of colonial conquest and the capitalist exploitation of people and the planet that has allowed developed nations and transnational corporations to accumulate wealth, influence, and a disastrous level of greenhouse gas emissions.

Instead of righting these wrongs, they are seeking to evade responsibility by promoting “false solutions” that perpetuate a world of inequalities, oppression, destruction and, ultimately, death. As movements that have come together in the initiative for a World without Walls, we denounce these false solutions.

Globally, government responses to the climate crisis have not been based on climate justice. They have deepened existing global divisions and justified even more walls to protect the very system that has brought us to the brink of ecological collapse.

Since Israel started building its Apartheid Wall in 2002, regimes across the world – from the US, to Europe, to Africa and to Asia – have increasingly built their own physical walls. Many of these walls have been built as an attack on migrants: to stop people’s movement and bar refugees from their basic rights.  As more and more people are forced to flee the destruction caused by the climate crisis, walls are springing up as false solutions for the devastating consequences of environmental collapse – consequences disproportionately felt by the poorest and most marginalised communities across the world.. 

Seven countries in particular, – responsible for almost half of the world’s historic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, – collectively spend at least twice as much on border and immigration enforcement as on support to developing countries for climate change mitigation and adaptation. These ‘climate walls’ are central to the militarisation of territories and borders to protect privilege and power against the victims of our devastating world order. Militarism is not only essential to the defense of the system that destroys our planet and life on it. Though hard to calculate true scale of military emissions, it’s clear they are high: up to 15% of total CO2 pollution of global aviation stems from military activities. Yet, military GHG emissions are still largely exempt from already deficient reduction targets.

Armed forces and the military and security industry, rather than taking their responsibility to avert the destruction of the earth and humanity, try to capitalize on climate change and forced displacement. Framing both as predominantly security problems, they successfully lobby for more military and security spending and militarisation of borders, of which the boom of new walls and fences is some of the most visible representation. 

Indigenous people across the global south continue to face the brunt of colonial and imperial expansion that steals their resources, destroys their environment and denies their right to self-determination.   State supported global corporations continue to plunder their land for fossil fuels, or transform their natural ecosystems into profitable plots where transnationals and their local allies can build their mines, or agribusinesses can plant monoculture on deforested land. The effects of this endless commodification of land and life are felt by us all, including marginalised urban communities across the world. 

Increasingly, these devastating activities are purportedly in the service of climate action, as fossil fuel companies and repressive regimes seek to greenwash their profits. The much touted transition to renewables in the global North is rooted in the unsustainable mining of ‘transition minerals’ used in technologies like solar panels and electric cars. It is rooted in exploitation and endless extraction, and is destroying communities and the environment across the world.  In Western Sahara, Morocco is building wind farms on stolen land, perpetuating colonial occupation under the banner of ‘green energy’. Not to mention the so called “Megaprojects” in Mexico that are threatening both Zapatistas communities and the life of Indigenous people in general, or the racist and colonial campaigns in Wallmapu both in Argentina and Chile against Mapuche-Tehuelche people to frame them as an internal enemy to justify their practices of dispossession, exploitation and death.

The very planting of trees has become an epitome of ‘false solution’.

We cannot offset devastating carbon footprints rooted in unsustainable growth paradigms and land grab by planting trees or more sophisticated carbon trading. The monoculture Eucaliptus trees on deforestated lands in the Amazonas or the Jewish National Fund’s replacement of native trees with non-native pine trees on destroyed Palestinian villages are part of the problem, not a solution.

There can be nothing green or sustainable in the violation of rights of the peoples, anywhere across the globe.

We reclaim not only our rights and our lands, we reclaim the profoundly symbolic act of planting trees, rooted in many stories of struggles and cultures. We, the people, have always planted trees that can make us and the earth heal and prevail.

Inspired by the practices in Palestine to plant trees to safeguard the land and culture, in the slums of Nairobi where trees are planted as memorials of those killed by police brutality and ancient memorial rituals in Latin America and elsewhere, 

We encourage all of you to join us in a simple act of planting a memorial tree to one of those people that have been killed and have sacrificed their lives to heal the planet and the people.

The trees we are planting don’t cover up crimes but uncover our determination, solidarity and capacity to grow justice. They will remind us of the wisdom of the People of Lenca in Mesoamerica that those that have been killed, don’t die but are seeds of justice. Our trees will make us breathe hope and freedom, justice and equality.

Signatories:

OrganizationCountry
A PlanetaBasque Country
Africa Europe Faith & Justice NetworkEurope
Alianza de Medios por la PazColombia
Amici della Mezzaluna Rossa Palestinese ODVItaly
Articolo 3, SondrioItaly
Asociación Americana de Juristas (AAJ)International
Asociacion civil EN CIRCULOArgentina
Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos-APRODEHPeru
Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDSBrazil
Associazione di Amicizia Italo-PalestineseItaly
Associazione Senza Paura GenovaItaly
assopacepalestinaItaly
Bay Area World Without Walls CoalitionUnited States
BDS BerlinGermany
BDS ColombiaColombia
BDS ColombiaColombia
BDS FranceFrance
BDS MalaysiaMalaysia
Cakna PalestinMalaysia
Circolo ARCI Mille Papaveri RossiItaly
Colombia HumanaColombia
Colombia HumanaColombia
Comisión de activistas Beit JalaArgentina
Coordinador Nacional AgrarioColombia
Diálogo 2000-Jubileo Sur ArgentinaArgentina
Frente Popular Miguel RagoneArgentina (Salta)
Gastivists CollectiveInternational
Gibanje za pravice PalestincevSlovenia
HALUAN MALAYSIA ( Society of graduates of Malaysian education institutions)Malaysia
HARMONI MalaysiaMalaysia
JA!Justica AmbientalMozambique
Kenyans4PalestineKenya
Le Veglie Contro Le Morti In MareItaly
Legal Centre LesvosGreece
Liga Argentina por los Derechos HumanosArgentina
Liga Argentina por los Derechos HumanosArgentina
Malaysia Youth CouncilMalaysia
Malaysian Humanitarian Aid And ReliefMalaysia
Mani Rosse AntirazzisteItaly
Mathare Social Justice Center/GrassrootsMovement, NairobiKenya
Movemet for Monetary JusticeMalaysia
MPPM – Movimento pelos Direitos do Povo Palestino e pela Paz no Médio OrientePortugal
Nazione UmanaItaly
Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los PueblosMéxico
ODV Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo, Comitato di TriesteItaly
Oltre i muriItaly
Palestine Scholars Association in Southeast AsiaPalestine
Palestine Solidarity CampaignSouth Africa
Palestinian Progressive Association MalaysiaMalaysia
Partito della Rifondazione Comunista-Sinistra EuropeaItaly
Pastoral Carcelaria de General RocaArgentina, Provincia de Río Negro
Pertubuhan IKRAM MalaysiaMalaysia
Restiamo UmaniItaly
SA BDS CoalitionSouth Africa
Salt River Heritage SocietySouth Africa
Stop WapenhandelNetherlands
Surau Ar Faudhah, Taman Sierra UkayMalaysia
The Episcopal Church of the IncarnationUnited States
The Palestine Institute for Public DiplomacyPalestine
Tierra y Libertad por el Buen VivirPerú
Time to CycleUK
Transnational InstituteNetherlands
Transnational MIgrant Platform Europe (TMP-E)Netherlands Europe
Un Mundo Sin MurosPeru
Unión Palestina de América LatinaEl Salvador
War on WantUK
Women in Black – ItalyItaly
Yayasan Al-Quds MalaysiaMalaysia
Yayasan Ikram MalaysiaMalaysia
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