A guide for intervention from the climate justice movement
Author's note: this article is meant to be both deadly serious and parody. It attempts humour and commits unforgiveable psychological reductionism of political issues. It is hoped the reader will discern the message behind the form of delivery.
A humorous spate of ads mocking corporate sponsorship of the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 climate talks in Paris has sprung up in hundreds of bus shelters across the French capital.
The joke ads are targeting corporate backers of the Paris talks including global heavyweights like Dow Chemicals and BP, as well as heads of state such as French president François Hollande, British PM David Cameron, President Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Japan's Shinzo Abe have also been lampooned.
The purpose of this document is to present the commitments and efforts of the peoples, nationalities, and communities against the extraction of oil, gas, or carbon, as a contribution to avoid climate disaster.
In addition to these commitments, we present our petition to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and member governments to recognize, respect, promote, and protect these actions as a goal to protect climate and life on the planet.
Group Annex 0: A way to recognize and respect real commitments and efforts
Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have joined in events to urge action on climate change, a day ahead of a landmark climate summit. In Paris, protesters were forced to be inventive amid a marching ban.
Organizers said more than 2,000 events were planned worldwide on Sunday as normal citizens joined forces to put pressure on global leaders to reach an international deal on cutting greenhouse gases.
As you may know from reading our response to the attacks in Paris, we have decided to continue the Climate Games in this city where the COP21 is taking place, despite the banning of all outdoor political demonstrations. The state of Climate Emergency is far too great for us to call the Games off. Christmas markets, trade fairs and football matches continue as normal, so why not the Climate Games? For further information and last minute updates, please check our website.
The French government is trying to silence social movements, but we refuse to go quietly, says campaigner Pascoe Sabido.
In the days after the tragic events on 13 November in Paris, everything concerning the climate talks was in limbo. A state of emergency was called. Would the summit go ahead at all? What would it mean for the mass mobilizations being planned?
“The most important question raised by the climate summit may be: Does the power to change the world belong to the people in the conference rooms of Le Bourget or to the people in the streets of Paris?” – Rebecca Solnit, “Power in Paris“
BARACK OBAMA and other world leaders attending the United Nations summit on climate change--set to begin in Paris on November 30 and last through December 11--won't hear the voices of those calling for ecological justice, either inside or outside the conference, if the French government has its way.