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November: Two climate justice movement-building gatherings

Posted by ccjn on November 12, 2010

This November there will be two climate justice movement-building gatherings in mid-western North America:

International Tar Sands Resistance Summit: Nov. 19-22

Tar Sands Resistance Summit

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Beyond PPM: Voices from the Frontlines – Call for Artists

Posted by ccjn on October 21, 2010

Hey all!

Climate Justice Montreal is working on a new publication, the first edition of Beyond PPM, an ongoing project that aims to amplify the voices of frontline communities fighting destructive projects, present critical analysis and arguments, and make the links between climate justice and other social movements.

We need your help!

We are looking for amazing artists who can lend us their skills to beautify this project, from the covers to illustrations to accompany stories, we need your pens, brushes, photos, and other skills!

Unfortunately we don’t have any money for this gig, but your art will be seen by hundreds of people around the globe!

If you are interested in helping out send an email to holditdownproductions@gmail.com

Solidarity,
Climate Justice MTL

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People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice

Posted by ccjn on October 15, 2010

A call-out from the Council of Canadians — and allied organizations

The next major round of UN climate negotiations will be held in Cancun November 29 to December 10. The last one in Copenhagen failed miserably.

This past summer has seen severe wildfires in Russia, devastating floods in Pakistan, mudslides in China, droughts in the Sahel and Niger, and an 87-square-kilometre chunk of ice break off from Greenland.

Why wait for governments to take action?

It is the collective voice of people that can help make climate justice a reality.

This is why the Council of Canadians joined by the Indigenous Environmental Network, KAIROS and the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition have endorsed a call to action for hosting People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice during the Cancun negotiations.

People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice are movement-building and organizing events.  A gathering of people that will transform  awareness into action through climate justice actions in your community.

Call to Action: People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice during Cancun Negotiations
As local organizing committees form and assemblies are confirmed, details will be featured here along with additional resources and tools.

Want to know more? Want to form a local organizing committee or join a local organizing effort? Start by being in touch!

Contact: Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, Council of Canadians at aharden@canadians.org.

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Proposal for the creation of a Climate Justice Co-op / Proposition pour la création d’une Coop pour la Justice Climatique

Posted by ccjn on September 30, 2010

Proposal

To face a global climate crisis in a manner that also addresses inequality, colonialism, racism and other forms of oppression, requires global cooperation.

To this end, we propose to establish an organization that will:

  • Create links of solidarity internationally between communities fighting against fossil fuel and infrastructure projects, communities affected by climate change and false solutions to climate change, communities affected by extraction and other industrial projects, and sectors of the public who can back them up in the shared struggle for ecological justice.
  • Build broad-based support for direct action.
  • Propagate a climate justice-based analysis, which confronts the root causes of the climate crisis in their totality. Racist and colonialist ideologies which devalue human lives based on differences in culture, ethnicity or skin colour are a major enabling factor of the most damaging industrial projects. Racism and colonialism also underlie the most damaging of the false solutions to the climate crisis currently being purveyed as a substitute for environmental justice. Gender-based violence and ideology has always been necessary for destructive powers to exercise control over resources and people. Imperialism and militarism are the most basic tools used to deepen global inequalities. The endless need for growth and the dominating structures of capitalism are at the root of the twin crises of climate change and global inequality. The climate crisis is being used as a weapon to deepen many forms of oppression and inequality; to truly address it, we must confront the ensemble of these forces while building equitable, sustainable and just alternatives.
  • Provide an alternative to, and a platform for criticism of environmental organizations that engage in closed door negotiations with government or industry, and which operate in a fashion that is unaccountable to–or which undermines the work of–movements for climate justice. This, with the overall goal of creating a culture of open debate and accountability in environmental movements.

In order to achieve this, we propose a structure that combines local autonomy and global cooperation. Some of the structural characteristics of the proposed Climate Justice Co-op include:

  • Locals of the Co-op are autonomous in decisions made about local organizing, but must agree to the Co-op’s basis of unity (TBD). Groups which explicitly contravene the Co-op’s basis of unity will be asked to disaffiliate from the Co-op if a majority of other groups agree.
  • Membership revenues, including sustaining memberships, are split 50/50 between the member’s local group (if any) and the central co-op structure. The central structure will serve to support existing locals, start new locals, and spread local initiatives through the co-op.
  • The central structure of the Co-op will be accountable to a spokescouncil of its locals. The Co-op will also work to develop mechanisms by which to be accountable to affected communities with whom it is allied.
  • The Co-op will maintain the majority of its funding from membership, disclose all sources of foundation or government funding while never relying on them, and work to prevent funding sources from changing the Co-op’s areas of emphasis. The Co-op will not accept funding from industry.

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12 octobre: Journée d’action pour la justice climatique

Posted by ccjn on September 20, 2010

En 2009, les peuples autochtones ont appelé à une mobilisation mondiale pour la ‘défense de la Terre Mère’ le 12 octobre afin de se réapproprier ce que l’on nommait le ‘Jour de Christophe Colomb’. En réponse, l’organisation ‘Climate Justice Action (CJA)’ coordonne une journée d’action directe pour la justice climatique le 12 octobre 2010.

La crise climatique a désormais atteint un niveau sans précédent. L’échec de la Conférence de Copenhague en 2009 sur le changement climatique (COP15) a montré que les dirigeants et les gouvernements ne sont pas disposés à travailler ensemble pour trouver de réelles solutions à la crise climatique.

La folie de cette inaction devient de plus en plus évidente alors que les catastrophes climatiques se multiplient à travers le monde. Actuellement, plus de 18,7 millions de Pakistanais subissent les effets des pires inondations de l’histoire du Pakistan. Le mois dernier, des masques à gaz ont été portés dans les rues et maisons de Moscou à cause de l’air irrespirable causé par des incendies dramatiques, la pollution, et les températures les plus élevées jamais enregistrées dans l’histoire de ce pays. Dans le même temps, l’exploitation continue de l’environnement menace gravement les moyens de subsistance de l’hémisphère sud et de toutes les communautés autochtones.

Cependant, des militants, des organisations, et de nombreuses autres personnes à travers le monde ne restent pas inactifs. Les communautés autochtones subissant les catastrophes liées au changement climatique, et toutes les personnes soucieuses de la santé et du respect des droits de la Terre Mère, prennent l’initiative pour imposer un changement réel.

Nous sommes conscients que la lutte pour la justice climatique est un énorme défi, mais nos succès sont nombreux et nous sommes en train de construire une réelle force! Au cours de cette dernière année, nous avons vu un nombre constant d’actions qui ont reussi à arrêter la production dans des usines de charbon, occuper des sites prévus pour la construction d’aéroports, déployer de manière spectaculaire des banderoles de protestation, organiser des rassemblements publics, des manifestations, et de très nombreuses autres opérations.

Afin de se réapproprier la journée qui a traditionnellement été imposé comme ‘Jour de Christophe Colomb’, les peuples autochtones appelent à une mobilisation mondiale pour la défense de la Terre Mère. CJA relaye cet appel et invite à une journée mondiale d’action directe pour la justice climatique le 12 Octobre 2010. CJA ne décide pas des objectifs ou des actions spécifiques à mener, mais lance un appel à s’engager, planifier, et agir directement au cours de cette journée.

Si vous êtes déjà prêt, faites nous savoir ce que vous prévoyez en nous envoyant un courriel à info@climate-justice-action.org. Si vous n’avez pas encore commencé, il est encore temps de planifier et organiser une action dans votre ville ou votre village. N’oubliez pas de filmer cette opérations et de prendre des photos pour les envoyer à CJA afin que nous puissions les diffuser et ainsi montrer notre force globale!

Le nombre fait la force, et tous ensemble nous pouvons parvenir à changer le système et non pas le climat!

[Voici une autre version sur Facebook en anglais]


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October 12th: Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

Posted by ccjn on September 17, 2010

In 2009, indigenous peoples called for a global mobilization ‘in defence of mother earth’ on October 12, reclaiming what used to be ‘Columbus Day’. In response, Climate Justice Action is inviting activists across the world to join a day of direct action for climate justice on October 12, 2010.

The climate crisis has reached a new level. The 2009 UNFCCC Copenhagen Climate Conference (COP15) was a complete failure, and ‘our world leaders’ are refusing to work together towards real solutions to the climate crisis.

The insanity of such inaction is becoming more and more obvious as extreme global climate catastrophes become more frequent. Right now an estimated 18.7 million Pakistanis are affected by the worst floods in Pakistan’s history. Just last month in Moscow, gas masks were worn on the streets and in homes as a result of the poisoned air caused by fires, pollution and the highest recorded temperatures in the country’s history. This is, of course, in addition to the ongoing environmental exploitation that severely threatens the livelihoods of the global south and all indigenous communities.

However, worldwide activists, organizations and many others are not just standing by. Indigenous communities experiencing climate change catastrophes and all people who care for the health and well being of the rights of Mother Earth are taking the lead towards real change.

We know the fight for climate justice is challenging, but our successes are many and we are building strength! In the last year alone we have seen a series of mobilizations that have turned off production at coal factories, occupied spaces planned for airport construction, dropped banners from sky high locations, held fierce massive public rallies, marches and demonstrations, and numerous more actions.

In an effort to reclaim the day that has traditionally been imposed as ‘Columbus Day,’ indigenous peoples around the world have called for a global mobilization ‘in defence of Mother Earth’. Climate Justice Action has taken up this call and is proposing a global day of direct action for climate justice on October 12, 2010. CJA is not picking specific targets or actions, but is rather calling for all of us to engage, plan and take direct action on this day.

If you are already prepared to take action, let us know what you’re planning by sending an email to us. If you haven’t started there’s still time. Mobilize and plan an action in your city, town or village. Don’t forget to film it and take photos and send them to CJA so we can show off our global force!

There is power in numbers and together we can achieve system change not climate change!

[Here is a Facebook version of this action call-out]

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Tar Sands Pledge of Resistance (Engagement à la résistance contre les sables bitumineux)

Posted by ccjn on August 24, 2010

[See this BeyondTalk.net posting for more English-language background and more direct action connections]

In August 2010 over 200 people passed through the Quebec Climate Action Camp in Dunham, QC. The camp was erected to strengthen growing resistance to the construction of a pumping station, part of the Enbridge Trailbreaker project, in the community.  This pipeline would move tar sands bitumen from Alberta, through Ontario, Quebec and the Northeastern United States to Portland, Maine, destined for tankers headed to the Gulf Coast of Texas.

At the end of the camp, activists and community members launched the next step in the campaign against dirty oil’s eastward expansion: the Pledge of Resistance. We will continue creating a broad network of community members and supporters to educate about the dangers of the Trailbreaker project and take action to stop it.

Sign the pledge and take action today.

Pledge of Resistance

Enbridge and the Portland Montreal Pipeline’s proposed pumping station threatens the health, water, environment and lands of the people of Dunham and the region.

The pumping station, part of Enbridge’s Trailbreaker pipeline project, is intended to carry dirty oil from the most environmentally destructive enterprise in human history, the Alberta tar sands.

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Quebec Climate camp photos, and other coverage

Posted by ccjn on August 16, 2010

Some coverage from the Quebec climate camp already has been posted here –
http://www.uncampement.net/node/8

Photos from the camp are online here, here, and here. A video and some more photos also have been posted here.

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Stop Tar Sands Day protest

Posted by ccjn on July 19, 2010

Photos and a writing from a London, Ontario protest against tar sands financing

That protest was part of an international day of action against tar sands on July 17th. The London, Ontario tar sands protestors also were part of a local rally for civil liberties, for a national day of action.

There also was a climate camp fundraiser party in Montreal on the 17th.

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Unist’ot’en action against Enbridge and KSL pipelines

Posted by ccjn on July 16, 2010

A media release from the Indigenous Environmental Network

Photos posted by Ben Powless on Flickr

Update
Articles also have been posted on Indybay and the Vancouver Media Co-op

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