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?
In the wake of the Paris attacks, climate activists and the French government are at odds over plans for a massive protest march on Nov. 29 ahead of the U.N. climate talks.
French authorities are threatening to curtail public demonstrations and marches, but climate activists insist the right to protest and freedom of speech must be upheld even during a state of emergency.
We speak to Alix Mazounie, the international policies coordinator at Climate Action Network France.
We condemn the terrorist attacks in Paris and express our solidarity with the victims.
The world is facing a social, peace and ecological crisis which can only be addressed by people in common uniting their efforts for global justice. Confronted by fascist violence and far right populism trying to create scapegoats we have to commit ourselves to resist makers of a short term profit, build peace and constructive solutions.
Earlier this week, envoys for the various environmental groups determined to demonstrate during the upcoming COP21 world climate talks met with Parisian police to discuss the fate of the marquee event: a long-planned march that was expected to draw as many as 200,000 people into the streets of Paris.
GUESTS: Diana Lopez is an organizer with the Southwest Workers Union for worker rights, environmental justice and community empowerment in San Antonio, Texas and has attended several UN climate conferences; Shawna Foster, veteran of the US National Guard where she served as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapons Specialist. She is currently the Board chair of Iraq Veterans Against The War. Both Akuno and Foster are members of the It Takes Roots delegation to COP21.
I have seen on social media and heard from friends the depth of fear that is permeating our society since the attacks in Paris. Seeing and hearing the stories of Parisians who were impacted by the attacks is bringing the violence home in a way that is similar to 9-11. The media is bringing the lives and sorrows of Parisians into our homes with interviews, photos and stories of their lives. This pierces the veil of security and safety in ways that the children washing up on the shores of Europe, starving children around the world and bodies in Beirut did not do.
Although Syrian refugees are still being blamed for the Paris attacks, the news that the attackers were all European nationals seems only to have created a growing sense of disquiet. It’s as if some sense of purpose has been lost with cavalier bravado that always obscures the chauvinism staring plainly back at the West through the mirror of “the Orient.”