The vast conference complex that is hosting the Paris climate summit opened its doors to the general public this morning, just one day after world leaders launched the talks with a round of rallying statements and promises to combat global warming.
The inauguration of the Climate Generations areas was due to take place three days after the world’s largest climate march, which was canceled by French authorities in the wake of the November 13 terror attacks that killed 130 in and around the French capital.
According to organizers, 360 French and international civil society organizations will help bring the conference center to life during the two-week summit, which is expected to attract 40,000 visitors.
Olivia Teter and her daughter Jacqueline Puliati, 20, had traveled all the way from San Francisco to take part in Sunday’s big climate march, and to add their voice “to those who are putting pressure on world leaders.” But like scores of others, Teter and Puliati were turned away from Place de la République by police blocking access to the square. “I was very disappointed, it wasn’t the right answer,” Teter, a climate activist based in Silicon Valley, said.
Any hopes that Teter and her daughter may have had of joining protests near the conference center have also been dashed, with Paris police authorities announcing Tuesday that protests around the Le Bourget site would be banned until December 13 — two days after the end of the talks.
This week and next, roughly 40,000 diplomats, activists, policy experts, and journalists are gathering in the French capital for a round of high-stakes negotiations aimed at slowing climate change. They’re packed into a regional airport that, as described by our Climate Desk partners at the New Republic , has been converted to resemble a cross between the United Nations headquarters building, Disney World’s Epcot Center, and a natural history museum.
For two weeks, all these people need to be fed, housed, transported, entertained, and equipped with space to work. Unsurprisingly, it’s an expensive undertaking—budgeted by the French government at nearly $200 million, according toEurActiv France . About one-fifth of that tab is being picked up by private corporations.
“Those corporations are able to say they’re part of the solution just because they write a check,” Jesse Bragg said.
Big international conferences frequently have corporate sponsors, but given the basic aim of the Paris talks—to dramatically reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions—some of the event’s sponsors are drawing criticism for their close ties to the fossil fuel industry. In other words, some of the companies paying to keep the lights on and the coffee flowing at the vital climate summit may have a vested interest in limiting the scope of the international agreement.
Fall is in the air, and as the end of November draws closer, people across the country are making travel plans and pulling out favorite family recipes for the big Thanksgiving meal on November 26th.
For the Fair Food Nation, the central ingredients of that meal are not only the family members around the table, but also justice for the women and men — and their families — who harvest the food on the table.
…Democracy is the only way we have to take responsibility for a common world while recognizing that every person is a partner in making and dwelling in the world we make together. Once you see that the planetary future is a political question, what alternative is there?…
Under banners proclaiming “Healthy Planet & Good Jobs,” thousands of trade unionists from 75 local and national unions, highly visible in their red, blue, green, and white union uniforms, joined the People’s Climate March in New York City last September—a quantum leap from labor’s previous participation in climate actions.
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 [email protected] or send a message through our contact form.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of two Nestle bottling plants in California on Wednesday to deliver petitions demanding the company stop bottling operations in the drought-stricken state.
The petitions – carrying more than 500,000 signatures – were accepted by Nestle staff members at both the Sacramento and Los Angeles bottling plants, protesters said, as residents and activists chanted slogans like “Our water is not for sale” and “Water is a human right, don’t let Nestle win this fight.”
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.