Thank you for attending the NYC Climate Convergence organized by The Global Climate Convergence and System Change Not Climate Change. We look forward to building on this paradigm-shifting weekend toward the next steps!
JILL STEIN talks about that massive, magical, mystery tour of a march in New York City this equinox Sunday, and what it means for the future of our climate.
Not just the climate of our planet in terms of temperature, pollution and emissions. But the climate of our politics, our economic justice, our relations between the races and genders, our embrace of differing sexual preferences, world views, religions, social classes (which must be abolished), corporate personhood (which is insane) and so much more.
Felipe Andres Coronel, better known as rapper Immortal Technique, spoke to a packed house at the NYC Climate Convergence opening plenary about the growing role of people of color, front-line communities and the working class in the struggle against global climate change and the predatory economic order that’s causing it.
“Obama will say lots of flowery things, but I expect them to have a little meeting in terms of action,” Rugh, one of the organizers of NYC Climate Convergence, a series of events on September 19-20 that brought together scholars, unionists, artists and activists from all over the world “to highlight the connection between climate change and capitalism, and to explore how communities around the world are building transformative alternatives to both.”
In order to listen and participate in the debates that will direct the future of environmental activism, many Tech students attended the NYC Climate Convergence, an arrangement of conferences and workshops held in the two days preceding the march. Organized by multiple groups, the Climate Convergence intended to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises.
Naomi Klein, best-selling author of “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the NYC Climate Convergence closing plenary on September 20th about the challenges and opportunities facing the movement for people, planet and peace over profit.
In short, more and more people around the world are recognizing the need for “system change.”
They want to prevent not only climate change, but address a host of social issues generated by the continued operation of capitalism that are inextricably intertwined with our ecological problems: growing inequality, ossified class structures with rigid or only downward mobility, structural and institutional racism, massive and ongoing gender disparities, giant corporate conglomerations immune to democratic oversight or governance, restrictive and debt-laden higher education, the progressive erosion of civil liberties, state-directed warfare with no regard for the casualties. Now, we can add to that list the almost complete lack of real democracy in a country that is supposedly defined by that characteristic.
Next week, world leaders will meet in New York City for a climate summit led by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. He’ll be urging governments to drastically lower the pollution that causes global warming, but one man can’t do it alone. That’s where we (and YOU!) come in…