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From climate change to political change: Solidarity and rights for Rio Grande do Sul

Our cities are not prepared to deal with the effects of the climate emergency, which is why we need to talk about climate adaptation. 

ISER expresses solidarity with those affected by the climate crisis in Rio Grande do Sul and has worked to expand support to people in need of help.

In the face of this chaos that is ravaging entire communities, we express our compassion to the families who have lost their loved ones, their homes and their safety. It is painful to remember that what happened is the result not only of natural forces, but of the negligence and omission of the competent authorities.

This environmental catastrophe painfully reminds us of the urgency of adopting effective measures for the preservation and responsible management of the environment and climate.

“The disaster is not natural, it is political. It is built in a State that does not respect environmental legislation. The disaster is a conscious part of the political project of denialist governments or those incapable of caring about the lives of people and forests, after all they are inseparable.” – Mariana Belmont

What is climate adaptation?

It concerns a set of planned interventions, in different areas, so that territories can better deal with the consequences of the climate emergency, avoiding material and life losses and prioritizing the well-being of the population.
The tragedy in Rio Grande do Sul is yet another violent and monumental example of what has happened and much that is to come. Therefore, a courageous political change is necessary, towards another economy and model of society, if we want a future or postpone the end of the world, as Ailton Krenak reminds us.

Climate crisis: a political and economic project

Extreme weather events have become increasingly common, at the same time that parliamentarians, government officials and other political actors attack environmental preservation measures, make public civil defense services precarious and sell our cities and natural resources to private enterprises in favor of further profits. larger.

The environmental catastrophe that is now plaguing Rio Grande do Sul is an example of how predatory and neoliberal economic interests are above the interests of the community and care for nature. In this moment of pain and loss, civil society rises up, once again, to bring basic care, food, water and support to those who have been affected by this calamity.

It is necessary to remember that announced tragedies came to fruition through neglect and that there is an urgent need for a radical change in the response we want and need to give to the climate and humanitarian crises from now on. What is happening today in the South is the result of scientific denialism combined with poor public management that ignores warnings, avoids prevention plans and makes environmental legislation more flexible.

“Technical information, data and warnings from scientists have been available for a long time. There is no shortage of information. What is missing are public policies that can minimize the impacts of these events on the population because they will continue to occur. Climate change is a reality, we can no longer avoid extreme events.” – Suely Araújo

How can I help if I'm not in Rio Grande do Sul?
MTST solidarity kitchen (RS)
Pix: Virgínias@apoia.se
Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of the Southern Region (ArpinSul)
Pix: 00.479.105/0005-07
Central Única das Favelas (CUFA)
Pix: doacoes@cufa.org.br

You can also send items to post offices in São Paulo, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina, Bahia, Pernambuco and Distrito Federal.

Items for donation: Drinking water (priority), basic food items, personal hygiene material, dry cleaning material, bed and bath linen and pet food.

To find out more about the subject:
Is it or is not it? What is true (and what is not) about the floods in Rio Grande do Sul. Greenpeace
Rain in the South, fire in the North: government needs to act in the new normal. Climate Observatory.
The disaster is not natural, it is political. Geledes.
What is adaptation? Confluence Glossary. Iyaleta Research Association.
Iyaleta Technical Note Nº 02 – Adaptation: challenges for transparency in climate governance in Brazil
Iyaleta Technical Note Nº 01 – Disaster governance, trade-off and adaptation North and Northeast of Brazil
Summary Strategies for National Adaptation Plans: a Brazil case