…Around the world people are getting radicalized and making bold efforts to save this biosphere we know and love. In the US, Flood the System called for and carried out multiple climate justice actions. The Global Climate Convergence is continuing its work to build a Peoples Climate Strike. Groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and Climate Justice Alliance are confronting the legacy of colonialism and its damage to land and water. Fossil Fuel Student Divestment Network is organizing to divest universities from the oil and coal companies. Still, the reality is that the broad climate movement in the “developed” world has mostly been a failure and an obstacle to building an effective and truly relevant movement….
History will be made later today in an unassuming grey court room in Snohomish county in Washington State, when five activists—known as the Delta 5—who blocked an explosive crude by rail train last year, will argue that their actions were justified by the threat of climate change.
It is the first time ever that a U.S. court has allowed defendants to use the “necessity defense” in a case relating to climate action.
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 democracy crisis to the wave of police brutality against black lives & communities of color in the U.S.
***UPDATE JULY 1, 2015 —-> This call series has ended – please check the GCC website for the archives to be posted soon. Thank you to everyone who participated in these discussions. If you have resources to share concerning community organizing around any of the topics we discussed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message through our contact form.
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.
…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….
Learn more about the importance of food cooperatives – bringing food access to low income communities & helping fix a broken food system – from the Cooperative Development Institute. Starting a food cooperative is an example of a People’s Climate Strike action that educates about the current problems with our food system while creating the community based solution.
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.
Particularly given the results of the latest report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we must ask ourselves some critical questions about how we prepare our children to face the world they will be inheriting, and the harsh truth of today’s conditions and dynamics. How do we ensure that our youth emerge from their studies with an understanding of the intersection between our social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental status in society? How do we teach them their role as influencers of what’s happening in their environment, now and in the future?
The Environmental Justice Classroom Resource Guide provides a list of clearinghouse websites with multiple environmental justice (EJ) resources for various age groups, a list of individual EJ lesson plans for various age groups, and a short list of hip-hop videos/songs to help engage youth in classroom settings and beyond.