Boston Climate Activists Hang 30-Foot Banner Off Harvard Bridge During U.N. Climate Conference

Boston, MA – Activists with climate group Rising Tide hung a 30-foot banner reading, “System Change, Not Climate Change” on the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Ave.), the largest bridge spanning the Charles River this afternoon. The action comes in the final days of the United Nations Climate Talks in Copenhagen, as 115 world leaders arrive while negotiations have deadlocked. In the past week, over one thousand activists have been arrested in protests.

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Copenhagen Day of Action on Climate Change:

Energy in the Streets; Disappointment in the Negotiations

Late last night a draft text on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) scheme was released.  It was strongly condemned by NGOs from around the world.  The text of this agreement gave mere lip service to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and to safeguards against conversion of native forests to timber plantations, not including them in the legally binding body, but rather referring to them in a preamble. Continue reading

Police raid activists sleeping quarters COP 15

> Police raid activists sleeping quarters in the middle of the night

> Social & Climate Justice Caravan to arrive in Copenhagen at 6pm

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> Last night at 3 am, around 200 police officers raided the Ragnhildgade centre in Northern Copenhagen where activists were staying during the Copenhagen climate talks. The police surrounded the building where the activists were sleeping and proceeded to confiscate a number of tools and materials, before leaving at around 4am.

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> Tannie Nyboe, of Climate Justice Action said,

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> “It’s completely disproportionate for the police to come in at three o’clock in the morning, surround the sleeping-spaces and intimidate a lot of sleeping guests. It’s really unacceptable for the police not to use the liaison process that we set up and very worrying that this is how Denmark is being portrayed to our international guests.”

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> Lars K. Kristiansen, who has been working in the last week securing windows, building fire doors and insulating empty buildings in the run up to the summit said,

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> “The Danish authorities have been criticised for failing to provide enough places for people who are coming to Copenhagen to sleep. We were trying to meet that need, but now the police have confiscated the tools that we were using to construct those sleeping spaces. ”

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> Isabelle LaChoix, who was sleeping in the centre at the time said,

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> “People from all over the world have come to Copenhagen to deal with climate change, just like the people staying at the Ragnhildgade centre. The ‘Danish text’ has already been a source of international embarrassment for the Danish government – and now it risks more criticism by treating climate activists like criminals.”

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> Despite last night’s events, activists will be providing a warm welcome for the arrival of the Social & Climate Justice Caravan at 6.30 pm at the Klimaforum. The caravan has travelled from the 7th conference of ministers of the World Trade Organization in Geneva to COP15 in Copenhagen, with 60 activists from the global South drawing attention to the consequences that neoliberal globalization and climate change have had on their lives. Together with local activists in Copenhagen, they will be exploring alternatives to free trade and the privatisation of resources, and new means of cooperation between Northern and Southern activists.

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> Contact Danish media: +45 41294994

> Contact international media: +45 50669028

> Email: media@climate-justice-action.org

> Follow us on Twitter: @actforclimate

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> To contact the Climate & Social Justice Caravan press officer – +49 17685205260

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