…One way to guarantee an end to the climate crisis is to stop doing the things that are heating the planet. Stop fossil fuel production and use. Stop greenhouse gas emissions. Stop rainforest devastation. And since the corporate and political capitals of the world are unwilling to stop themselves, we must stop them ourselves.
We can stop them by refusing our participation and cooperation. We can stop them by withholding our labor. By folding our arms we can halt the machine responsible for the climate crisis and in one fell swoop create the space for the new, green economy to take root. We should go on strike….
We would like to invite you to participate in the Global Climate Convergence (GCC) People’s Movements Assembly (PMA) planning meetings. There will be a bi-weekly conference call taking place on Mondays (the first call in the series happened on February 2nd).
As a part of the Philly USSF Food & Climate Justice Working Group, the GCC & PPEHRC are organizing a convergence call series this summer focused on linking the climate crisis to the wave of police brutality against black lives in the U.S.
A delegation of female indigenous activists are making their way to the Shell Annual General Meeting in the Hague to call for an end to Arctic offshore development. Mae Hank and Faith Gemmill-Fredson were part of a mass “flotilla” action in Seattle on Saturday which saw hundreds of people take action next to Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig, docked at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5.
“Our culture and livelihood is dependent on the bowhead, the walrus, the seal and the fish. How can Shell go ahead with such a risky operation when peoples lives are at stake?” asks Mae Hank “Shell has a 75% chance of a spill in the region if it moves forward with drilling. Shell simply cannot be trusted with such operations.”
The Global Climate Convergence is sponsoring a workshop at the Left Forum exploring the upcoming Climate Strike. It will take place during Session 3 from 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 at 540 West 59 Street.
The workshop A People’s Climate Strike: Transformative Justice through Collaborative Strike Action will focus on addressing and combating the economic, political and cultural inequalities that are the root causes of the climate crisis through the revolutionary action of a collaborative strike. Topics will include building a foundation for strike action through the U.S. Social Forum Climate Strike People’s Movement Assembly, diversifying outreach, and redefining the current understanding of collaborative strike action to create a broader base of participation and support. We will be exploring possible outcomes of the first wave of strike action leading up to the opening of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris on November 30, as well as organizing into 2016 and beyond.
Register online for the Left Forum before May 27 for a discount. Low income as well as youth and student registration is available.
Hip Hop Congress and Move to Amend and are partnering to present: “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?”, a public education campaign seeking to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over the hip hop industry specifically, and over our society in general.
We invite you to join us on May 1st and 2nd, 2015 when this unique collaboration arrives in Los Angeles, CA. During the day on May 1st, 2015, we will have educational panels and participatory conversations, followed by an artist showcase that night. We will close with a People’s Movement Assembly on Sunday that connects to the United States Social Forum.
The GCC’s own Timeka Drew will be representing the Convergence on the Local Panel May 1. Get more information about his event at the GCC Event Page.
George Martin and Julie Enslow will be presenting a workshop entitled, “Militarism and the Climate Crisis” highlighting the US military’s impact on climate change as well as the military response to the climate crisis on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. Additionally, George Martin will be facilitating a “Global Climate Action Workshop” exploring possible actions showing global solidarity in 2016 on Friday, March 27, 2015.
A new report has been released measuring environmental inequality. Researchers looked at industrial air pollution exposure in the United States across all 50 states and compared exposure based on race and economics. The report is titled Three Measures of Environmental Inequality.
As Gandhi once wrote, “Even the most powerful cannot rule without the cooperation of the ruled.” The powers that are responsible for climate change could not continue for a day without the acquiescence of those whose lives and future they are destroying. They are only able to continue their destructive course because others enable or acquiesce in it. It is the activity of people — going to work, paying taxes, buying products, obeying government officials, staying off private property — that continually recreates the power of the powerful. A movement can be powerful without weapons or violence if it withdraws that cooperation from the powers that be. Fear of such withdrawal can motivate those in positions of power to change.