The People’s Agreement of Cochabamba is an important intervention developed by people of the Global South, those most severely affected by the impact of climate change. Contrary to the approaches proposed by governments and corporations in the Global North, that discuss climate change as a problem limited to a rise in temperatures without addressing the cause, the Cochabamba Agreement addresses its root cause, namely the capitalist system.

Editor's Note: The People’s Agreement of Cochabamba is an important intervention developed by people of the Global South, those most severely affected by the impact of climate change. Contrary to the approaches proposed by governments and corporations in the Global North, that discuss climate change as a problem limited to a rise in temperatures without addressing the cause, the Cochabamba Agreement addresses its root cause, namely the capitalist system. As such, it goes beyond proposals such as the Green New Deal, a legislative and economic program promoted by “progressive” forces in the United States, in that it is based on the understanding that the climate crisis we face is a systemic crisis rooted in capitalism.  The international capitalist class' biggest crime, setting our planet down a doomed path, can only be interrupted by an honest and realistic strategy. Shifting from fossil fuels to new extractivist projects is not the answer. This understanding is rooted in the knowledge that the capitalist logic of competition and limitless growth, of production and consumption for profit, separates human beings from nature, imposing a logic of domination upon nature and peoples which is leading us down the path to extinction. The People’s Agreement of Cochabamba,…