Global Minga in Defense of Mother Earth, October 12, 2010

by October 4, 2010

From October 12-16, 2010, Indigenous Peoples, Social Movements, and Climate Justice Activists will converge in more than a dozen countries for the second Global Minga In Defense of Mother Earth. This year's primary focus will be Climate and Environmental Justice.

Echoing the first Global Minga, which took place during the week of Oct. 12, 2009, protests, demonstrations, forums, sit-ins, and other actions will be carried out, states The Andean Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations (CAOI), the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and others:

To Oppose the commodification of life (food, water, biodiversity, natural assets); the privatization of nature through the carbon market; pollution and predation (by mining, hydrocarbons, hydropower, forestry, livestock , biofuels, GMOs); consumerism and criminalization of social struggles; the persecution of migrants

To Promote the defense of land, natural wealth and spirituality linked to Mother Earth; water for future generations; collective rights; and the importance of "living well" (the need to live with nature in harmony and balance)

To Warn of the imminent danger of environmental catastrophe that threatens the planet and identify those responsible.

To Demand amnesty for all indigenous leaders, social and environmental activists who defend the rights of peoples and Mother Earth.

Among the many coalitions, networks and local groups that will take part in this Year's Minga: Climate Justice Action! (CJA) has announced plans for a Global Day of Action for Climate Justice for Oct. 12; and Via Campesina, an International day of Action against Agribusiness and Monsanto on Oct. 16.

  • You can read the official call-out (currently available in Spanish only) at
  • If you want to get involved in the Global Minga, or need help organizing a local event, please contact CJA,
  • You are also encouraged to add your events to the Global Week of Action for Climate Justice website. Just fill out the form at
  • Natalie Klukhuhn
    October 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Okay Texas....let's get it together on this.Huge blank space in the middle of our country


  • Thuinferbeing
    October 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    You guys really need to bring this to Vancouver BC if you do i can promise a massive movement and much publicity.So please bring this to our shores so that we may ensure fruition of these issues.I will monitor this site for a response and date and time.I pray you bring it here for i am a Shaman creator who wishes to give much power and much publicity to this just cause for mother earth and for mankind future survival here on our beloved living earth.


  • dave
    October 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

    some reservations are poor, others are filthy rich raping earth.. interesting. sounds like normal people.

    nearly everyone can be bought out for the right price, check this out:

    VANCOUVER, Aug 24 - British Columbia signed an agreement on Tuesday that will see Canada's westernmost province share tax revenue from the mining industry with aboriginal groups, the first such deal in the mineral-rich region.

    The agreement between the Canadian province and the Stk'emlupsemc of the Secwepemc Nation was welcomed by the industry, which hopes the deal will improve relations between miners and First Nations people, and make native Indian groups more receptive to mining activities on or near their lands.

    "It is the right thing to do. It is also good for business," said Pierre Gratton, President and Chief Executive of the Mining Association of British Columbia.

    These agreements will help "to show First Nations right at the outset that there is something for them from our activities,"


  • October 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Yeah, there's alot of this going on these days. Leaders bending over backwards to do business and selling out their People's Nationhood and any hope of Autonomy to put a great big smile on Canada's face.


  • October 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    We have set up a site for the global week of action for climate justice under: . If you plan some actions
    during on the minga global and the global week of action, please annonce the upcoming action here: after the
    action submit a report. That would be great and so we get better a
    feeling of the interconnectedness of our struggles.

    In solidarity


  • October 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Hey, thanks for posting a link to the map, cja-os. I meant to put it up yesterday, but it completely slipped my mind. And good choice using Ushahidi!


  • Crude Awakening – Coryton Blockade
    October 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Hundreds of demonstrators have stopped 375,000 gallons of fuel from leaving a depot after blockading the road to an oil refinery.

    Police were forced to close the road after 100?s of protesters created several blockades along the only road route to the refinary.

    One block of 12 women handcuffed themselves to lorries parked to deliberately block the main road leading to the Coryton refinery in Essex.

    Demonstrators drove the vehicles to the refinery in an attempt to stop traffic getting to and from the site, which they accuse of exacerbating climate change.


  • October 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    reports from Barcelona and beyond...

    Cambia el Sistema, No el Clima!!! Minga Global 2010


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