Today Movement Generation delegates attended Klimaforum, the global civil society counterpart of the UN climate conference.
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Day VI in Copenhagen: Demonstrations and Declarations: “The People” Raise the Roof on Climate Injustice!admin : December 13, 2009 11:18 pm : allposts, copenhagen
RePosted from Jacqui
Patterson’s blog, Women of Color United
For many, many video links to KlimaForum panels and interviews, see Jacqui’s blog.
Another amazing day! As folks gather and organize, and frustrations mount, the intensity of the voice of the people increases. The leaking of “the Danish Text”, the evident lack of commitment to advance a legally binding agreement, the continued advancement of false/harmful solutions such as REDDS, cap and trade, and “alternatives” such as nuclear energy and “clean coal”, as well as the latest offensive from the US, the approval of drilling for oil in Alaska, all act as kindling for the inferno of outrage.
At the Klimaforum, people were engaged with gaining signatures for A_People_s_Declaration_from_Klimaforum09_-_final_version The declaration calls for 1) Complete abandoning of fossil fuels in the next 30 years with 40% reduction in emissions by 2020. 2) Recognition, compensation, and payment of climate debt. 3) Rejection of purely market oriented and technology centered false and dangerous solutions. 4) Real solutions to the climate crisis based on safe, clean, renewable, sustainable use of resources and transition to food, energy, land, and water sovereignty.
Today 100,000 people, with indigenous leaders in the front, took to the streets of Copenhagen and marched 4 miles from the town center to the Bella Center where the conference is being held. With signs making proclamations such as “There is No Planet B”, “Planet Not Profit”, and “Mother Nature Does Not Compromise”, “Bla, Bla, Bla Climate Justice Now” voices were heard nationally, regionally, and globally as a result of this massive demonstration.
photos of MG delegation & march
from Diana Pei Wu sent December 12, 2009
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For news on the protest, estimated at 100,000 demonstrators, visit:
The early winter cold of Copenhagen turns my face into a popsicle, but all I had to do was join the “Flood for Climate Justice” march of a hundred thousand energetic people from around the world to feel warm. A 4 mile, 4+ hour mobilization is enough to keep anyone from freezing. Signs of hope/despair: “There is no planet B,” “Nature doesn’t compromise,” to “systems change, not climate change.”
While on the march, a UK Guardian TV reporter asked me if I was optimistic or skeptical of these climate negotiations. Both. Skeptical because there’s no denying that many of our elected officials are in bed with corporations [while I held up my transported Bay area protest sign “Chevron, Corporations OUT of Copenhagen Climate Talks”]. And optimistic because I can’t just let my babies, family & community die from climate disruption.
We have work to do. I’m already learning a lot just by allies briefing me from the first week of these climate negotiations. Something we don’t hear often in the US is “ecological debt” or what some refer to as “carbon colonization”. It’s that rich countries have colonized the atmosphere with Read More »
Posted on December 11, 2009 from Copenhagen
from Southwest Workers Union
SWU’s Jill Johnston has been in Copenhagen for the 15th annual international climate change conference since Monday, and EJ organizer Diana Lopez travels there today. We got our first dispatch from Copenhagen from Jill today and wanted to share it with everyone. Go Jill and Diana–climate justice now, here in SA and around the world!
I joined with thousands of other folks converging on Copenhagen to ensure that voices of environmental justice / climate justice communities are heard inside and outside of the U.N. climate negotiations. Among affected communities, grassroots organizations, small island nations and highly impacted countries, there is a noticeable shift in the discourse about climate change. Unlike a few years ago it is not merely about the science, rather issues of climate change have taken on broader implications of equity, human rights, cultural preservation and gender equality.
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