Mission Statement: People, Planet, Peace over Profit!
The Global Climate Convergence is an education and direct action campaign on behalf of People, Planet and Peace over Profit. It provides coordinated action and collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements.
A movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the globe – from the water wars of Cochabamba and Detroit, to the human rights struggles of Chiapas and Ferguson; from the mines of Cajamarca to the Tar Sands of Alberta, from the militarized US borders to the occupation of Gaza; from fields of India to Durban ports; from colleges of Quebec & Mexico to Brazilian forests, sweatshops of Bangladesh & beyond. People are rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace, democracy and Mother Earth.
People are standing up to resist resource extraction, austerity, water privatization, industrial agriculture and forestry, labor and immigrant exploitation, poverty, corporate land grabs, predatory “free trade”, war profiteering and the privatization of health care and education.
The accelerating climate disaster, which threatens to unravel civilization as soon as 2050, intensifies all of these struggles and creates new urgency for collaboration and unified action.
For all these reasons, the Global Climate Convergence is working to build a People’s Climate Strike, bringing into the present struggle a powerful tool that’s been essential for democratic social change throughout history. The first People’s Climate Strike is currently scheduled for Dec. 2015 in solidarity with a planned Paris protest against the UN Climate Summit’s final betrayal of people and planet.
The People’s Climate Strike will join grassroots justice movements together with the goal of bringing the engines of economic and ecological destruction to a grinding halt, and to lift up creative community alternatives. This may include boycotts and nonparticipation in the fossil fuel/corporate/militarized economy, as well as civil disobedience, work stoppages and school walkouts.
The People’s Climate Strike will also provide an opportunity to showcase sustainable just solutions at the community level, including urban farms and credit unions, solar farms and public utilities, worker and community cooperatives, participatory budgeting, public banks and so much more.
Similar mobilizations on Mother Earth Day (April 22nd) and May Day (May 1st) will lay groundwork for theisPeople’s Climate Strike.
The People’s Climate Strike calls for a solution as big as the crisis barreling down on us – an emergency Green Economic Transformation through a Global Green New Deal including universal living-wage jobs, health care, education, food and housing security, economic and political democracy, demilitarization and an end to fossil fuel use by 2030.
More broadly, the People’s Climate Strike and Global Climate Convergence affirm the rights of Mother Earth, human rights, the call for peace and an end to colonialism and imperialism, as declared in the Cochabamba People’s Agreement and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Clearly the time for action is NOW. Go to www.GlobalClimateConvergence.org to join the Convergence, and begin organizing in your community for Earth Day/May Day mobilizations and the People’s Climate Strike.
Let the Convergence for People, Planet, and Peace over Profit begin!
Media Coverage of the GCC
- VIDEO LINKS: NYC Climate Convergence – Friday Sept. 19 & Saturday Sept. 20, 2014
- HUFFINGTON POST: ‘Change the System, Not the Climate!’
- Monthly Review: Notes from the Editor (November 2014)
- Global Justice Ecology Project: Indigenous Organizers Lead Climate Critiques in NYC (September 29, 2014)
- International Viewpoint: “The largest climate protest in American history” – Climate Convergence Moves Us Forward, but Challenges Us to Create a Strategy (September 30, 2014)
- CounterSpin: Anne Petermann on the Climate March (September 26, 2014)
- Waging Nonviolence: After the People’s Climate March, It Is Time to Demand More (September 29, 2014)
- The Villager: Confessions of a reluctant climate-change marcher (September 25, 2014)