Direct Action for Climate Justice Copenhagen 2009

This September activists from 21 countries came together in Copenhagen to plan for direct action during the 2009 UN Climate talks that will be held in that city. This is the call to action that came out of that meeting. Activists in North America are beginning to organize for what will be a historic day. More coming soon!

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A Call to Climate Action:

We stand at a crossroads. The facts are clear. Global climate change,
caused by human activities, is happening, threatening the lives and
livelihoods of billions of people and the existence of millions of
species. Social movements, environmental groups, and scientists from
all over the world are calling for urgent and radical action on climate
change.

On the 30th of November, 2009 the governments of the world will come to
Copenhagen for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will
be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place. Yet,
previous meetings have produced nothing more than business as usual.

There are alternatives to the current course that is emphasizing false
solutions such as market-based approaches and agrofuels. If we put
humanity before profit and solidarity above competition we can live
amazing lives without destroying our planet. We need to leave fossil
fuels in the ground. Instead we must invest in community-controlled
renewable energy. We must stop over-production for over-consumption. All
should have equal access to the global commons through community control
and peoples’ sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water. And of
course we must acknowledge the historical responsibility of the global
elite and rich Global North for causing this crisis. Equity between
North and South is essential.

Climate change is already impacting people, particularly women,
indigenous and forest-dependent peoples, small farmers, marginalized
communities and impoverished neighbourhoods who are also calling for
action on climate- and social justice. This call was taken up by
activists and organizations from 21 countries that came together in
Copenhagen over the weekend of 13-14 September, 2008 to begin
discussions for a mobilization in Copenhagen during the UN’s 2009
climate conference.

The 30th of November, 2009 is also the tenth anniversary of the World
Trade Organization (WTO) shutdown in Seattle, which shows the power of
globally coordinated social movements.

We call on all peoples around the planet to mobilize and take action
against the root causes of climate change and the key agents
responsible, both in Copenhagen and around the world. This mobilization
begins now, until the COP-15 summit, and beyond. The mobilizations in
Copenhagen and around the world are still in the planning stages. We
have time to collectively decide what these mobilizations will look
like, and to begin to visualize what our future can be. Get involved!

We encourage everyone to start mobilizing today in your own
neighbourhoods and communities. It is time to take the power back. The
power is in our hands. Hope is not just a feeling, it is also about
taking action.

To get involved in this ongoing and open process, sign up to this email

list: climateaction@klimax2009.org

US Contact: infoclimate09-NA@riseup.net

West Coast Climate Convergence; Canning and trainings and glitter, oh my!

From July 28 – Aug. 4th over 400 people gathered on a pesticide-free farm in Coburg, Oregon to learn, share, organize and network. Workshops and keynotes covered issues from the I-5 bridge expansion (Columbia River Crossing) to growing vegtables year-around. The week highlighted fossil fuel development projects throughout the West, and then created a space for people to learn the skills needed to fight them.

The phrase direct action has been invoked in many ways for many movements. Often, in the climate movement it is used to describe non-violent civil disobedience that directly confront and seek to physically halt fossil fuel development projects, such as lock-downs to equipment and road blockades. At this year’s West Coast Convergence for Climate Action, we spoke of direct action as not only taking action against dirty fossil fuel projects, but also taking action for community solutions and sustainability!

The week led up to a day of civil disobedience on Monday, which consisted of two major acts of disruption, street theater and rallies. It was awesome to learn about the details of proposed dirty energy projects, then hear the personal stories from impacted communities fighting them, and then finally organize and take action in the efforts to stop them. Continue reading

Southeast Climate Convergence march visits Richmond climate criminals. Two lockdown at Bank of America

August 11 Richmond, VA Despite a massive police presence throughout the city and our major action plan derailed by law enforcement harassment, 50 activists snaked their way through Richmond today in an un-permitted march, paying visits to several climate criminals. Carrying banners reading, “No Nukes, No Coal, No Kidding” and “Social Change not Climate Change,” people marched to the headquarters of Massey Energy, Dominion, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Bank of America.

At Massey Energy, a notorious coal company involved in mountaintop removal coal mining, activists surrounded the entrance and yelled, “Hands off our mountains!.” The group then moved on to the Department of Environmental Quality which recently rubber stamped Dominion’s dirty coal plant in Wise County, VA. Next the group brought the party to Dominion, who is building the aforementioned coal plant as well as proposing a new nuke plant in Louisa County, VA. Chanting “No coal, no nukes, we won’t stop until you do!” the activists attempted to take over Dominion’s plaza but were repelled by police on horses. In a show of interspecies solidarity one horse bucked a cop off its back.

To wrap things up for the day, the crowd moved on to the the towering Bank of America building, one of the largest funders of the coal industry. Continue reading