More than 100,000 people have descended on Porto Alegre, Brazil, and it's not even a World Cup soccer final. So what gives?
Greenpeace joins participants of the World Social Forum in a protest against war with Iraq.
Usually it would take a major sporting event to unite so many
different types. But those attending the World Social Forum are
meeting to debate a concept even more unifying than athletic
pursuits - the idea that "another world is possible."
The aim of the World Social Forum is to create a truly open
discussion place for social movements, networks, non-government
organisations and other civil society organisations. The first
World Social Forum was held in 2001 to counter the World Economic
One of the key issues to be tackled at this year's Forum is
corporate take-over of the world's staple food crops. Monsanto, the
company responsible for over 90 percent of all genetically
engineered crops grown in the world, is leading that take-over. As
part of the Forum, we released a
briefing detailing Monsanto's role in forcing genetically
engineered crops into Brazil and the rest of the world
While at the Forum, will also be supporting new renewable
energy, opposing nuclear power, and opposing war.
Find out more from our World
Social Forum website.