#COP21 #ParisAgreement: The Aftermath

, climate-justice info, 28/12/15
  1. After the intensity of the final days of COP21 in Paris, we thought we'd give you all a week or so to cool off a bit...
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  3. no such luck, though, in the Anthropocene
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  5. as many of you returned home to Christmas preparations in warmer weather than you had this summer.
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  7. In doing so, you returned to email inboxes (or maybe you haven't tackled that yet) overflowing with news reports, summaries, and analysis of the "historic" Paris Agreement.
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  9. You may have noticed that after the initial hysteria
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  11. a more sober mood has set in
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  13. as the world comes to terms with what was actually agreed
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  15. (you can read this TWN updade to get the low-down and then impress everyone during family gatherings with your faux-geekiness)
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  17. It also stared to become clearer to people who won and who lost (even if Indian PM Modi joined others in insisting there were no winners and losers)
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  19. among the losers, women
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  21. indigenous peoples
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  23. poor people
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  25. people living in countries vulnerable to climate change
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  27. like the Philippines
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  29. farmers
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  31. the planet
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  33. Corporate media:
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  35. they were exposed as being relatively useless in covering complex, highly contested political stories
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  37. and had to be repeatedly corrected by more studious heads...
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  39. Among the winners: Obama / the non-negotiable "American way of life"
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  41. As one friend of Climate Justice put it, the US won on two fronts:
    1. Escaping any obligations to reduce its deadly emissions;
    2. Escaping any liability for damages resulting from them
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  43. geoengineering and land-grabbing opportunities
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  45. India... sort of
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  47. Independent, principled media
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  49. New Internationalist in particular stood out as an outlet who sought to amplify the voices of frontline communities, and challenge the spin doctors of the powerful countries and industries (including the NGO industry)
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  51. The Truth Behind the Paris Climate Deal - New Internationalist Magazine | Facebook
  52. Also in the cold light of day we saw the true face of our so called leaders, who returned from basking in the glow of #ParisAgreement mania to national politics, where they promptly set about fucking the climate to kingdom come.
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  54. Which is why, as we all knew, the fight for climate justice is in no way over, or even easing off
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  56. Climat: Nous sommes tous assignés à résistance / We are all forced to resist
  57. in fact, it is precisely because we have the Paris Agreement that we need stronger, more strategic climate justice movements all over the world, working together through difference
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  59. the question on everyone's mind is this: concretely, what comes next?
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  61. Some are saying we shouldn't even be talking about "climate change" at all, but situating the struggle in other issues
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  63. While many have vowed to step up the direct action against the fossil fuel industry
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  67. Cathartic though it may be, some are arguing that saying fuck you to the State is not a long term solution to address the problems caused by the State
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  69. And that in fact the movements should be more seriously considering what it means to build - and hold - political power.
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  72. Another world is possible, and in the long run it is probably inevitable. But we're fast running out of a "long run".
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  74. Another world is possible, but we have to bring it into existence ourselves.
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