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.
…Earth Day on April 22 was the occasion for demonstrations around the country against Keystone and other issues of ecological justice, including the Cowboy Indian Alliance days of action centered on the National Mall in Obama’s front yard. As this article was being written, meanwhile, the national Global Climate Convergence–10 days of action between Earth Day and May Day to highlight not only the many threats to the environment, but their connection to other social justice issues–was coming to an end.
ON THIS year’s Earth Day, activists in cities around the U.S. held events as the nationwide Global Climate Convergence got underway.
The convergence was conceived as 10 days of activism, from Earth Day (April 22) to May Day (May 1), to draw the connections between the destruction of the environment and the struggles of working people.
…The Cowboy Indian Alliance gathering took place in the middle of the Global Climate Convergence, 10 days of action between Earth Day and May Day to call for putting people, planet and peace over profits. Like the Alliance, the Convergence is showing how the climate justice movement is stepping up the fight over environmental issues, while making connections to broader questions of global justice.