Thousands expected for major action in Paris marking climate ‘red lines’ crossed by governments and big polluters
As negotiators try to finalize a UN climate pact being hailed as dangerously insufficient, a network of groups will express their outrage and pledge continuing action in the new year with massive civil disobedience at an iconic French site.
The dropping of international aviation and shipping emissions from the draft Paris climate agreement published this afternoon has fatally undermined the prospects of keeping global warming below 2°C, green NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment (T&E) have said. As their emissions uniquely fall outside national reduction targets, they require an explicit reference in the agreement.
Maria Alejandra (Majandra) Rodriguez Acha is a Peruvian sociologist, educator and activist. She has launched and worked on multiple intercultural, environmental and critical citizenship education initiatives in India, the US and Peru.
Brian Tokar is an activist and author, director of the Institute for Social Ecology, and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. He is the author of The Green Alternative, Earth for Sale, and Toward Climate Justice (Revised ed., 2014), and co-editor of Agriculture and Food in Crisis (with Fred Magdoff, 2010) as well as 2 collections on biotechnology and GMOs.
John Foran is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and a founding member of the just launched Global University for Sustainability. His research and teaching deal with activism, radical social movements, climate change, climate justice, and sustainable development and its alternatives. He is a founding member of the Climate Justice Project [www.climatejusticeproject.com] and co-director of the International Institute of Climate Action and Theory [www.iicat.org]. He is active with System Change Not Climate Change, 350.org, and the Green Party
Shannon Gibson, Lecturer, International Relations, University of Southern California, “Dynamics of Radicalization: The Rise of Radical Environmentalism against Climate Change,” Ph.D. dissertation (2011)
Shannon Bell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Kentucky, author of Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice in the Appalachian Coalfields (University of Illinois Press, 2013)