World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth – April 22nd, Cochabamba, Bolivia. PEOPLE’S AGREEMENT – Today, our Mother Earth is wounded and the future of humanity is in danger…
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.
With a display of the full-throated, unabashedly leftist critique usually absent from American policy discussions, the NYC Climate Convergence conference kicked off last night at St. Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan with a diverse lineup of speakers who all sought to reframe climate change as a social justice issue. Through the two hours of talks — which often prompted prolonged applause from the more than 300 attendees in the hall and a video overflow room — ran a deceptively simple theme: “System change, not climate change.”
Five Saint Mary’s students and one professor boarded the Amtrak shortly after midnight on Friday to join more than 300,000 people in New York City for the People’s Climate March. After a 20-hour train ride, the women met up with five more Saint Mary’s students who traveled by car or by plane to attend Climate Convergence workshops hosted throughout Manhattan.
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.