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.
One participant in the organizing meetings said, “In the beginning people were saying, ‘This is our Seattle,’” referring to the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial that was derailed by direct action. But the paid staff got the politics-free Climate March. Another source said, “You wouldn’t see Avaaz promoting an occupy-style action. The strategic decision was made to have a big march and get as many mainstream groups on board as possible.”
Don’t miss the Closing Plenary with Naomi Kline, Jacqui Patterson, Desmond D’Sa, Olga Bautista and Chris Williams! 7pm – 9pm EST. As environmental activists pour into New York City for Sunday’s People’s Climate March, expected to be the largest climate action in history, some climate advocates will already be there participating in the NYC Climate Convergence, a conference advocating for “people, planet and peace over profit,” Sept. 19-21. EcoWatch will be livestreaming many parts of the event courtesy of @StopMotionsolo, so if you can’t get to NYC, be sure to stay-tuned to EcoWatch. Subscribing to EcoWatch’s Top News of the Day is the best way to stay connected.
…They will be there, some long beforehand, doing the serious heavy lifting required to build a movement. They will be participating in the “Convergence for People, Planet and Peace Over Profit”, discussing strategy, sharing knowledge and forging plans for the future monumental task that is “System Change Not Climate Change”. They will link up to learn from and build solidarity with frontline communities and activists at The People’s Summit…
“The history of resistance movements shows that when 3.5% of a population gets mobilized on an issue, no government can withstand it,” explains Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, an organization working with System Change not Climate Change and Global Climate Convergence to put on the New York City Climate Convergence Sept. 19-21.
Ahead of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, which trumpets itself as an event to “catalyze ambitious action,” grassroots organizations from around the world are warning that the global gathering, in fact, has been hijacked by corporations that are pursuing “false promises” and “exploiting the tragedy of climate change.”
SAN JOSE, CA — An unusually broad cross-section of organizations is calling for the largest climate march in history in New York City this September 21. Their plan is to challenge Ban Ki-moon’s special climate summit at the United Nations to take meaningful action in the wake of its notorious 2009 failure in Copenhagen. “This is an invitation to change everything,” said the organizers, who include unions, environmentalists, and diverse social justice groups.