Check out these links to videos of the NYC Climate Convergence September 19 – 20 & some coverage of artful activism at the People’s Climate March. Videos include Naomi Kline, Ann Petermann, Immortal Technique, Oscar Olivera, Jill Stein, Jacqueline Patterson, Erica Violet Lee, Chris Williams, Josephine Mandamin, Desmond D’Sa, Tom Goldtooth, Nastaran Mohit, Olga Bautista, Art Shegonee, Climate Chorus, Bread and Puppet Theatre & more! Thank you to Struggle Video Media for the extensive coverage.
On September 20, 2014, while corporate and government officials arrived in New York City for the UN Climate Summit, organizers and activists from around the world participated in a peoples’ summit called the NYC Climate Convergence (organized by the Global Climate Convergence and System Change Not Climate Change). The NYC Climate Convergence featured as the lead keynote speaker Naomi Klein, who presented the analysis of her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Simon and Schuster, 2014).
While the media focused on the spectacle of 400,000-plus bodies jammed along Central Park West as far as the eye could see, it was the networking that took place between all these grassroots groups and the connections made at events leading up to the march that gave it its real power.
Scores of workshops and gatherings were held in East Village community gardens and other parts of Lower Manhattan as part of the New York City Climate Convergence — which coincided with the annual Lower East Side Harvest festival — creating a synergy of art, music and activism that I haven’t experienced here for some time.
HUNDREDS OF thousands of people–some estimates ranged above 300,000–gathered in New York City September 21 to protest government inaction on climate change, ahead of a United Nations climate summit held two days later….The day before, some 2,500 people attended the Climate Convergence, a day of plenary discussions and workshops that linked the fight for climate justice with the struggles against capitalism, colonialism and racism. Author Naomi Klein, whose book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate has just been published, spoke to 800 people there.
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!
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.