Climate Alliance Lëtzebuerg: Study trip to Ecuador
In March, Climate Alliance Lëtzebuerg / ASTM organised a study trip to Ecuador. Ten local representatives from Luxembourg, representatives of Climate Alliance Lëtzebuerg and the European Secretariat as well as two journalists from RTL-Luxembourg were present. The focus of the trip was a visit to the Kichwa municipality of Sarayaku, which has been successfully campaigning against oil production in its area for many years. The delegation was welcomed by the President and the traditional Sarayaku authorities and had the opportunity to discuss with the local indigenous people their views of the world, their understanding of sustainable development, and Sumak Kausay, the concept of good life. With the project “Living Border”, the indigenous people in Sarayaku try to mark their territory and keep away intruders peacefully with flowering trees.
Climate Alliance has been cooperating with Sarayaku for many years. In the context of the EU project “The future we want – Local Authorities for Sustainable Development”, Eriberto Gualinga was the ambassador for sustainability in Europe. The project will develop alternative concepts for a global, sustainable future for all people. In September 2017 he will travel again to Europe. Here, he will present an evaluation report with political recommendations to EU representatives and also will present the report at the Climate Alliance Conference in Essen.