1500 in Shut it down action in Copenhagen

Tord Björk | Action,civil disobedience,Climate,police | Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Today about 1500 people took direct action to shut down one of Copenhagen’s coal fire power plants. The action plan was openly announced several months ago and Danish police have been gearing up for massive use of force and to trial new anti-protest laws. Around 100 of the protesters managed to get inside the power plant which should have been shut down due to safety regulations at that point- but was kept running. However, as this was the goal for the action protesters have declared the action a success. Around 100 people have been arrested. One person so far has been charged. The action was widely and positively covered in Danish news and protesters regard it as a very positive trial run for actions around the COP 15.

From Climate Justice Action emaillist

For a regular news and badly google translated versions of the inspiring civil disobedience ‘shut it down’ action in copenhagen today targeting a coal fire power plant read:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=da&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fmodkraft.dk%2Fspip.php?article11550
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=da&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpolitiken.dk%2Findland%2Farticle797115.ece

For the original in Danish go to:
http://modkraft.dk/spip.php?article11550
http://politiken.dk/indland/article797115.ece

For some more pics:
http://modkraft.dk/spip.php?article11552

Build a movement of movements for Climate Justice

Tord Björk | Climate,Friends of the Earth,popular movements,Summits | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Activities at the Klimaforum09 towards building a movement of movements for climate justice
We call for contributing towards building a movement of movements for climate justice by three broader activities at the Klimaforum09 in Copenhagen in December:

1. Building a constructive programme for solving the climate crisis by changing production and consumption models providing jobs or access to resources for everyone.

2. How to strengthen cooperation among movements based in communities and daily life experiences as well as political struggles at national and international level aiming at changing society built on climate justice solutions.

3. How to build a movement of movements for climate justice beyond the Copenhagen Summit planning for actions in 2010 and afterwards.

We want as broad cooperation as possible in preparing of these activities and see them as a contribution to the declaration process initiated by Klimaforum09. The political basis for the activities we propose will be (links to the statements below):

* The political platform for Klimaforum09
* The political platform for Climate Justice Action
* The political platform of Climate Justice Now! network established on Bali 2007
* The statements by Peoples Campaign against Climate Change including the outcome of the coming meeting in Bangkok in October 2009
* The statement by the assembly of climate justice movements at the World Social Forum in Belem in January 2009
* The statements by the preparatory assembly of European Social Forum and the ESF network on climate change in Vienna in June 2009
* Stop the Violence Against Oil War Refugees! statement September 2009

A constructive programme

It is necessary to develop further a constructive programme for both industrial, urban and rural models for sustainable patterns of production and consumption. Building on other activities at Klimaforum seminars on food souvereignity and bringing these together complementing when necessary into a coherent programme for alternative industrial production and reforms of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and urban planning to promote a sustainable society as well as a consumption model based on global justice.*

Movement cooperation

There is a need to strengthen the cooperation between environmental, peasant, women’s, indigenous, pacifist, trade union, urban and other movements to promote a common struggle for climate justice and against repression and criminalisation of popular movements. To strengthen this cooperation this activity is based on preparatory experience exchange and discussing at the forum these experiences to develop better cooperation in the future.

Actions and building a movement of movements 2010 and onwards

This activity we want to be a core activity of the Klimaforum including both regional discussions and discussions among different movements with the aim to jointly contribute to a plan ahead for a movement of movements for climate justice.

Friends of the Earth Sweden

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You find all the statements in this blog below. You also find the first five via url-addresses here:

* The political platform for Klimaforum09
http://www.klimaforum09.org/Declaration

* The political platform for Climate Justice Action
http://www.climate-justice-action.org

* The political platform of Climate Justice Now!
https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cjn

* The statements by Peoples Campaign against Climate Change including the outcome of the coming meeting in Bangkok in October 2009
http://peoplesclimatemovement.net/content/view/13/26
http://peoplesclimatemovement.net/content/view/67/2

* The statement by the assembly of climate justice movements at the World Social Forum in Belem in January 2009
http://www.grassrootsonline.org/news/press-releases/climate-justice-assembly-declaration

* The statements by the preparatory assembly of European Social Forum and the ESF network on climate change in Vienna in June 2009
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=566

* Stop the Violence Against Oil War Refugees! statement September 2009
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=560

** Among the inspiration for this constructive programme from the Nordic countries region is the plan made by the 3F trade union in Denmark together with the Ecological council to promote green jobs, the call for jobs, climate and welfare by SEKO trade union in Sweden together with Friends of the Earth Sweden and the Common Welfare Network and the sustainable global justice consumption report made by Coalition for Environment and Development in Finland. At the international level the environmental space studies based on global fair shares made Friends of the Earth groups in all parts of the world as an inspiration as well as other similar efforts by popular movements.

Climate Forum 09 political platform

Tord Björk | Climate,Summits | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Political Platform

The basis for Klimaforum09 is the realisation that there is no technological »fix« to the mounting climate crisis. No technology per se – such as i.e. nuclear power, biofuels, genetically modified organisms, carbon capture and storage – can lead us out of the climate crisis. Such solutions will typically lead to far larger problems than they solve. In contrast, sustainable societies require a diversity of locally based solutions – which again require significant mobilisation of civil society.

Klimaforum09 believes that what is needed is building a finely balanced relation to nature, thus reducing consumption and production, rather than uncritically exploiting nature and believing in economic growth as is the case in global society today. To attain such change we need new ways of thinking, new cultural values, and new means of organising society.

With this starting point, Klimaforum09 wishes to promote and debate true, renewable and environmentally sustainable solutions to the climatic changes we are facing. In other words, solutions that:

prioritise energy saving and energy effectiveness,
promote the use of safe, clean, renewable energy,
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and as such do not promote or cement the use of fossil fuels,
are built on agricultural methods that fix carbon in the soil and reduce the use of fertilisers and which do not create a threat towards ecosystems, the climate and biodiversity,
secure sustainable use of as well as equal and just access to Earth’s resources, and
remain critical to the blind focus on consumption which dominates the global society today.
Our wish is that the above will provide a positive platform for constructive debate and exchange of ideas. Klimaforum09 aims at constituting a cohesive framework for a multitude of conferences, workshops, exhibitions etc., to which citizens, grass roots and organisations from all over the world will contribute during the COP15 conference in Copenhagen.

Climate Justice Action platform

Tord Björk | Climate,International action,Summits | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

YOU CAN’T FIX A BROKEN SYSTEM

Climate justice movement to converge on UN climate talks

The UN climate talks will not solve the climate crisis. We are no closer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions than we were when international negotiations began fifteen years ago: emissions are rising faster than ever, while carbon trading allows climate criminals to pollute and profit. At present, the talks are essentially legitimising a new colonialism that carves up of the world’s remaining resources.

Faced with the profound crisis of our civilisation, all we get is a political circus playing to the interests of corporations. In response to this madness, a global movement for climate justice has emerged to reclaim power over our future. As part of this, the international network Climate Justice Action is mobilising tens of thousands of people across the world to take action during the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009.

No more false solutions

We cannot trust the market with our future, nor put our faith in unsafe, unproven and unsustainable technologies. Contrary to those who put their faith in “green capitalism”, we know that it is impossible to have infinite growth on a finite planet. Instead of trying to fix a broken system, we should be:

leaving fossil fuels in the ground
socialising and decentralising energy
relocalising our food production
recognising and repaying ecological and climate debt
respecting indigenous peoples’ rights
regenerating our eco-systems
Real solutions to the climate crisis are being built by those who have always protected the Earth and by those who fight every day to defend their environment and living conditions. We need to globalise these solutions and work for a just transition towards a zero-carbon future.

Climate Justice Now! Principles

Tord Björk | Climate,Summits | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Climate Justice Now! is a network of organisations and movements from across the globe committed to the fight for genuine solutions to the climate crisis. We are committed to building a diverse movement – locally and globally – for social, ecological and gender justice.

The network supports the following principles of climate justice, which were elaborated during the UNFCCC climate talks in Bali 2007:

Climate Justice Now! Principles

Communities in the Global South as well as low-income communities in the industrialised North have borne the toxic burden of this fossil fuel extraction, transportation and production. Now these communities are facing the worst impacts of climate change – from food shortages to the inundation of whole island nations.

Inside the global climate negotiations, rich industrialised countries have put unjustifiable pressure on Southern governments to commit to emissions reductions. At the same time, they have refused to live up to their own legal and moral obligations to radically cut emissions and support developing countries’ efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts.

Climate Justice Now! will work to expose the false solutions to the climate crisis promoted by these governments, alongside financial institutions and multinational corporations – such as trade liberalisation, privatisation, forest carbon markets, agrofuels and carbon offsetting.

We will take our struggle forward not just in climate talks, but on the ground and in the streets, to promote genuine solutions that include:

leaving fossil fuels in the ground and investing instead in appropriate energy- efficiency and safe, clean and community-led renewable energy
radically reducing wasteful consumption, first and foremost in the North, but also by Southern elites.
huge financial transfers from North to South, based on the repayment of climate debts and subject to democratic control. The costs of adaptation and mitigation should be paid for by redirecting military budgets, innovative taxes and debt cancellation.
rights-based resource conservation that enforces Indigenous land rights and promotes peoples’ sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water.
sustainable family farming and peoples’ food sovereignty

Statement on the Kyoto Protocol and Climate Change

Tord Björk | Climate,Summits | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

People’s Protocol on Climate Change
The planet is experiencing a climate crisis of catastrophic proportions. Drastic action is required to reverse the situation. Global temperatures have increased twice as fast in the last 50 years as over the last century and will rise even faster in the coming decades. Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) are among the 12 warmest years on record. This is disrupting weather patterns, severely damaging the environment, and destroying lives and livelihoods – especially of the poorest and most vulnerable.

There have already been high-profile schemes for concerted action and co-operation to combat global warming. This includes the landmark 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and the succeeding Kyoto Agreement. Yet the problem has not been stemmed or much less reversed, indeed it has worsened as the limited targets and timelines set by the Kyoto Protocol have made no headway in reducing global emissions.

Significantly, the Kyoto Protocol does not truly involve grassroots communities and peoples who are worst-affected, especially in the South. It has grossly neglected the severe damage to their livelihoods, well-being and welfare.  It does not consistently and coherently adhere to the vital developmental principles, especially people’s sovereignty over natural resources.

We recognize that the Kyoto process:

has not allowed sufficient voice for the concerns of those communities in the global south which will suffer the worst impacts of climate change;
has to date failed to have a significant impact on reducing global emissions;
does not currently provide for sufficient binding targets or measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2 degree target prescribed by the science as necessary to avoid runaway global warming;
has not provided a mechanism to facilitate the transfer of compensatory adaptation financing of the scale required by communities in the global south to prevent further impoverishment due to the adverse ways in which they are, and will increasingly be impacted by global warming;
does not provide  sufficient mechanisms to ensure that efforts to combat global warming will not have a disproportionate negative impact on countries and communities in the global south;
continues to promote market-based solutions to climate change which prioritize growth and profits above the needs of the planet and its people; and to this end
does not address the necessity of bringing about genuine people’s sovereignty over natural resources which must be fundamental to the process of preventing runaway climate change
In light of these crucial failings of the current international efforts to address climate change, we declare the need to develop a People’s Protocol on Climate Change, a draft copy of which is attached below, with the purpose of:

providing the space for those peoples who will be worst impacted by climate change and yet to date have been excluded from the Kyoto process to voice their views on the current efforts to combat global warming; and
to highlight the key issues which must be meaningfully addressed in international efforts to confront the climate crisis
The People’s Protocol on Climate Change will be finalized and ratified through a grand People’s Assembly spearheaded by the Asian Peasant Coalition, Pesticide Action Network International, Coalition of Agricultural Workers International and the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty as a parallel activity during the Poland 2008 climate change meetings.

People’s Protocol on Climate Change (draft)

Preamble

The planet is experiencing a climate crisis of catastrophic proportions. Drastic action is required to reverse the situation. Global temperatures have increased twice as fast in the last 50 years as over the last century and will rise even faster in the coming decades. Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) are among the 12 warmest years on record. This is disrupting weather patterns, severely damaging the environment, and destroying lives and livelihoods – especially of the poorest and most vulnerable.

This dangerous climatic change is driven by the unprecedented increase in human-generated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The most dangerous increase is in CO2 emissions from the ever-mounting burning of fossil fuels for industry, commerce, transport and militarism. The planet’s capacity to process these emissions has also been crippled by widespread deforestation. As a result, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is now far higher than its natural range over the last 650,000 years. Concentrations of methane and nitrous oxide, again caused by human industry and agriculture have also increased dramatically and are also implicated in causing global warming.

Climate Change will be universally adverse for the world’s people with greater and more frequent extremes of heat and rainfall patterns as well as tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes. Africa, Asia and Latin America face shorter growing seasons, lower yields, lost or deteriorated agricultural land, decreased agricultural production and freshwater shortages. Droughts in Africa will bring widespread hunger and famine. Asia is already confronting flooding, avalanches and landslides, which will increase illness and death. In Latin America, higher temperatures and reduced biodiversity in tropical forests will devastate indigenous communities. Globally, rising sea levels will flood low-lying areas, increased storm surges will threaten coastal communities, and warmer sea waters will diminish fish stocks.

The last centuries have been heralded for great strides in technology, production and human progress – but these advances have precipitated global ecological and development disasters. On one hand a privileged global elite engages in reckless profit-driven production and grossly excessive consumption. On the other hand, the mass of humanity is mired in underdevelopment and poverty with merely survival and subsistence consumption, or even less. The world’s largest transnational corporations (TNCs) based mainly in the Northern countries and with expanding operations in the South, have long been at the forefront of these excesses. Indeed the powerful industrialized nations of today were built on the severe exploitation of the human and natural resources of the global South. The pursuit of growth and profit is at the core of exploitation, structural poverty and global warming.

There have already been high-profile schemes for concerted action and co-operation to combat global warming. This includes the landmark 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and the succeeding Kyoto Agreement. Yet the problem has not been stemmed or much less reversed, indeed it has worsened as the limited targets and timelines set by the Kyoto Protocol have made no headway. Importantly, the Kyoto Protocol does not decisively acknowledge the real roots of climate change – globalization and the mad pursuit of TNCs for profits. Instead, Kyoto has diminished responsibility and accountability for the climate crisis through the marketization of energy resources and supply. The offsets and emissions trading system transfers adjustment costs from rich to poor, creates new dependencies, rewards corporations for polluting and increases their opportunities for profits. Northern TNCs and investors have sustained and even increased their energy intensive operations through relocation to Southern countries, capturing and co-opting local elites into the destructive process of capitalist-dominated production and consumption.

Significantly, the Kyoto Protocol does not truly involve grassroots communities and peoples who are worst-affected, especially in the South. It has grossly neglected the severe damage to their livelihoods, well-being and welfare. It does not consistently and coherently adhere to the vital developmental principles, especially people’s sovereignty over natural resources.

The gravity, scope and depth of the problem demand the greatest collective effort and cooperation. No peoples or state can succeed alone in addressing the root causes of the problem. At the same time, stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions today will not immediately impact on rising global temperatures since climate processes involve-long time scales and a global responsibility must be taken for the immediate and negative impacts that will be felt by the poor and marginalized.

This declaration articulates the values and principles that should guide international action and people’s struggles against climate change and its associated ecological and socioeconomic destruction.

Statement of values and principles

We, the people, are united behind certain core development values and principles of social justice, democracy, equality and equity, gender fairness, respect for human rights and dignity, respect for the environment, sovereignty, freedom, liberation and self-determination, stewardship, social solidarity, participation and empowerment. This statement further articulates these principles in the context of the global climate crisis.

Social Justice must be guaranteed, acknowledging the systemic roots of the climate crisis, the disproportionate responsibility of a narrow elite, the disproportionate vulnerability of the majority to the adverse effects, the grossly uneven capacity to confront and respond, and the legitimate aspirations to development of the people apart from the crisis.
We emphasize that Climate Change must be understood not merely as an environmental issue but as a question of social justice, its causes are rooted in the current capitalist-dominated global economy which is principally driven by the relentless drive for private profits and accumulation.

We stress that the current global economic order, driven by the Global North and their transnational corporations is the fundamental origin of over-exploitation and depletion of resources, of the gratuitous use of energy resources and the excessive release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

We thus condemn “free market” policies of “globalization”, and its aggressive and intrusive expansion into every sector of the economy and into the global South, and the exploitation by TNCs of the people and the planet.

We firmly believe that these neoliberal policies are imposed particularly on the people of the global South by powerful foreign governments wielding influence through multilateral, regional and bilateral mechanisms such as World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, regional and bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs), investment agreements and aid conditionalities.

We recognize that a very significant part of supposedly “Southern” emissions actually result from the energy-intensive operations of Northern TNCs located in the South for the purposes of exploiting local labor and natural resources. We further acknowledge that the severe deforestation across Latin America, Asia and Africa is most of all due to Northern TNC-driven commercial logging, plantation agriculture, mining activities and dam projects
Sovereignty means asserting the power of the people through their social movements and genuinely participatory structures as the foundation of the global response to the climate change issue.

We stress the vital importance and essential role of communities and peoples that will be most adversely affected by climate change in defining, guiding and determining the work of any and all major conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields at the local, national, regional and global levels.

We commit to spare no efforts in strengthening civil society and social movements and, especially, the people’s organizations and struggles that are the indispensable foundations and most dynamic driving force of these. We affirm that people’s sovereignty of natural resources is indispensable to dealing with the problem of climate change and that this must be won in struggle.

We are aware that people in both the global North and, especially, the South are excluded from participation in governance with the unfortunate result that powerful private elite and corporate interests exert far greater influence over socioeconomic policy-making.
Respect for the Environment means a rejection of market mechanisms that impose the cash nexus on ecological priorities. The needs of the planet and its people must take precedent over the push for growth and profits.

We recognize that nature is vital for the survival of all and that natural resources and their use are essential for sustained economic growth, sustainable human development, and the elimination of poverty, ill-health and hunger. We are committed to building societies where the people enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in a way that the world we create does not unjustly deny the same for future generations.

We assert that the needs of people and planet must be placed above those of global capital and the wholesale pursuit of private profits. The planet’s resources must never be reduced to being assigned property rights that can be bought, sold, accumulated and monopolized by a few for the sake of private gain.

We believe that population growth increases humanity’s demands on nature but that the resources of the planet are sufficient to meet these demands if only production, resource-use and consumption are organized to meet the needs of the people for life and not of a select few for profits.
Responsibility, expressed in the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, requires a mechanism for globally-inclusive equity. Northern countries share a disproportionate responsibility for historic emissions.

We acknowledge the greater vulnerability of poor and marginalized communities to the adverse effects of climate change.

We recognize that there are elite segments of society whose current levels of consumption are grossly excessive and cannot and should not be maintained, even as those large populations globally who are denied basic needs should have these met. These elite segments of society must bear the greatest responsibility for the climate crisis.

We recognize that there are large parts of humanity who are more dependent for their survival on their access to and use of natural resources, as well as on the state of the climate and the natural environment.

We then stress that the specific needs of farming communities, indigenous peoples, coastal communities, fisherfolk, and other marginalized, poor and rural producers need to be given special attention in all adaptation efforts.

We acknowledge that adaptation is not acceptance of climate change but is necessary to provide temporary relief from the initial impacts of climate change until global mitigation efforts are sufficiently developed to halt global warming.
Statement of goals and purposes

We acknowledge climate change as a multifaceted issue and that the score of interlinked challenges and threats therefore need to be confronted in an integrated and coordinated manner if any real progress is to be achieved.

We declare our commitment to the significant and far-reaching reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in line with our core values and principles.

We further declare our willingness to work for and support any international climate change agreement that is consistent with these essential foundations.

We believe that the climate change crisis is not simply about adaptation and mitigation, but changing the whole economic framework into one of eco-sufficiency and sustainability.

We assert that Kyoto represents a false compromise and commit to redressing the fundamental weaknesses of the Kyoto agreement in any new protocol or post 2012 agreement.

We reject market-based mechanisms to address climate change as diversionary and designed to perpetuate current levels of economic activity and profits, if not brazen maneuvering by corporations to pass on the burden of dealing with the negative effects of their greenhouse gas emissions to the people of the global south.

We acknowledge that technological developments can play a role in addressing the climate change issue but are conscious that technological fixes in themselves are not just grossly insufficient but even used to divert from the need to address root causes.

We are convinced that human progress and the defense of the livelihoods, well-being and welfare of the people ultimately require an economic system that is socially just, democratic and ecologically sustainable. This includes people-oriented agricultural and industrial development.

We declare that in order to address the climate crisis, the people must have real stewardship, access and control over the natural resources on which they depend rather than TNCs, international financial institutions or even governments which represent the narrow private interests of a global elite and their local collaborators. In so-doing we assert people’s sovereignty over natural resources.

To this end, we shall work for:

National ownership over the nation’s resources and productive assets;

Community-level management and decision-making supported by national-level authority or public-community partnership in the utilization and conservation of these resources;

Transparency in decision-making and disposition of revenues raised from the extraction, processing and sale of products derived from nature;

A comprehensive national policy framework for economic diversification and for meeting the collective needs of the present and future generations, especially the poor and marginalized in society;

A national program for research and development on sustainable technologies including recycling methods, renewable energy and other alternatives to unsustainable means of production;
Education on ecology and socially responsible consumption; and
Cooperative arrangements with other countries in the stewardship of global commons or shared resources such as oceans, rivers, forests and the climate.

We affirm the importance of grassroots education, organizing and mobilizations to promote and realize our alternative vision and program for social transformation. We retain our vigilance even where governments have expressed support for a progressive agenda, and hold them accountable through popular participation and mobilization. We are ever critical of attempts to compromise the interests of the majority and the marginalized.

We commit to building on the powerful networks of movements for climate action that have emerged worldwide. Localized actions against greenhouse gas emissions have spread across the globe and deepened everyday development struggles.

We acknowledge the supportive role of adaptation funding for Southern countries to help deal with the problem climate change, affirm that the far greater responsibility of the North in the current climate crisis means that it must bear a far greater proportion of the funding responsibility. We decry the fiasco of the supposed global adaptation fund which was allotted insignificant funding, and criticize efforts such as those by the World Bank (WB) to use adaptation funding to distract from the overriding need to address the roots of the climate change problem. We stress that adaptation funding must be over and above traditional allotments for overseas development assistance (ODA).

We assert that restorative justice requires distribution of responsibility according to historical per capita emissions, not just on a by country basis but more significantly on a by polluter basis. The greatest burden of adjustment must be on the Northern countries and their TNCs (wherever these are located), as well as on Southern elites, who have caused and benefited the most from the damage. We further assert that this absolutely requires, at the very minimum, Northern commitments and concrete practice to:

Drastically reduce overall energy use and increase energy efficiency;

Increase unconditional financial compensation to directly address the climate crisis in the South; and
Overhaul international trade and investment rules towards sustainable development and improvements in the standard of living in the South, including also an end to the real or effective transfer of Northern polluting industries to the South.

We recognise the need for significant global GHG emissions reductions in both the Northern and Southern countries. We assert that action on climate change can only succeed if it addresses southern emissions, and this requires mechanisms for large scale compensatory financing from the global north to global south. Specifically this should entail the creation of a global mitigation fund, contributed to by the global north, and in particular northern TNCs.

WSF: Climate Justice Assembly Declaration

Tord Björk | Climate,Summits,Uncategorized | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Climate Justice Assembly Declaration

Climate Justice Now!
February 11th, 2009

Bélém, Brazil, 1 February 2009

No to neoliberal illusions, yes to people’s solutions!

For centuries, productivism and industrial capitalism have been destroying our cultures, exploiting our labour and poisoning our environment.

Now, with the climate crisis, the Earth is saying “enough”, “ya basta”!

Once again, the people who created the problem are telling us that they also have the solutions: carbon trading, so-called “clean coal”, more nuclear power, agrofuels, even a “green new deal”. But these are not real solutions, they are neoliberal illusions. It is time to move beyond these illusions.

Real solutions to the climate crisis are being built by those who have always protected the Earth and by those who fight every day to defend their environment and living conditions. We need to globalise these solutions.

For us, the struggles for climate justice and social justice are one and the same. It is the struggle for territories, land, forests and water, for agrarian and urban reform, food and energy sovereignty, for women’s and worker’s rights. It is the fight for equality and justice for indigenous peoples, for peoples of the global South, for the redistribution of wealth and for the recognition of the historical ecological debt owed by the North.

Against the disembodied, market-driven interests of the global elite and the dominant development model based on never-ending growth and consumption, the climate justice movement will reclaim the commons, and put social and economic realities at the heart of our struggle against climate change.

We call on everyone – workers, farmers, fisherfolk, students, youth, women, indigenous peoples, and all concerned humans from the South and the North – to join in this common struggle to build the real solutions to the climate crisis for the future of our planet, our societies, and our cultures. All together, we are building a movement for climate justice.

We support the mobilizations against the G20 summit and on the global crisis from 28 march to 4 April, and the 17 April 2009 mobilisation of La Via Campesina.

We support the call for an International Day of Action in Defense of Mother Earth and Indigenous Rights on 12 October 2009.

We call for mobilisations and diverse forms of actions everywhere, in the lead up to, during and beyond the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, especially on the Global Day of Action on 12 December 2009.

In all of our work, we will expose the false solutions, raise the voices of the South, defend human rights, and strengthen our solidarity in the fight for climate justice. If we make the right choices, we can build a better world for everyone.

ESF preparations: Link ecological and social crisis when mobilising for Copenhagen

Text adopted by the participants  of the EPA in Vienna (20th-21st of June 09):

Besides the financial  and economic crises, the climate crisis, including the energy crisis, is the  other dimension of the global crisis we face. We participants of the EPA in  Vienna, recognize the importance and the challenge of social movements, trade  unions and NGOs to build the links between the ecological and the social  crises as they are intrinsically linked with each other. We commit ourselves  and call upon all social movements and social organisations in Europe to  engage in building joint agendas of mobilization towards the UN Climate Change  Summit in Copenhagen and beyond. At the core of these efforts shall be the  building of an integrated answer and alternative addressing the social and  ecological question at the same time, supporting the ecological conversion of  our economies. We propose a collective meeting in the early autumn to build  convergences towards Copenhagen.

Text from the network meeting on  Copenhagen at the EPA:

We call upon interested organisations to  contribute to building a constructive program promoting public transport,  conversion of car and other fossil-based industries, ecological reconstruction  of housing, agricultural reform and supporting public solutions. A program  that needs to be financed by a redistribution of wealth from the rich to the  majority and promote public and political solutions rather than market based  solutions.

Stop the Violence Against Oil War Refugees in Denmark!

Tord Björk | Climate,police,Repression | Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Friends of the Earth Sweden sees a need in politicizing the preparations for the Copenhagen Climate activities in December. We see a need in bringing to the forefront such issues that shows the hypocrisy and the violence inherent in continuing the present fossil fuel development model. It is not enough with the political platforms which initiatives as Climate Forum 09 and Climate Justice Action are based upon. It is also necessary to continously express criticism on actual conflicts were our common agenda and its contradictions with the present politics is shown.

The deportation of Iraq war refugees from a church in Copenhagen is one way this contradiction is clearly expressed. We call upon other organizations to sign on to our statement below.

Tord Björk, FoE Sweden

Stop the Violence Against Oil War Refugees in Denmark!

We denounce the violence in Denmark against refugees from the oil war in Iraq. The violent police action to deport asylum seekers in the Brorson church in Nörrebro in the Danish capital Copenhagen where riot gear was used inside the church as well as the use of massive force on the street outside the church against supporters of the refugees is not humane.

This violence is inherent in the present fossil fuel based development model. This development model is the basis for unsustainable production and consumption in privileged countries like Denmark. At the same time the majority of the population in the world live in places that gets impoverished. Here the natural resources are exploited benefiting the privileged rich social classes living elsewhere by the use of aggressive economic or military means. The result is growing social inequalities and a global ecological crisis including global warming.

We support the massive Danish civil disobedience against the violence used against the Iraqi refugees. Hiding asylum seekers in Denmark is a crime. It has especially severe consequences for priests in the Danish state church as they are employed by the Danish state. The priest that allowed the refugees to use the Brorson church as an asylum is now faced with charges from his employers which may end by the loss of his job. He is supported by proximately half of the priests in the Danish church and one fourth of the Danish priests claim that they are willing to hide refugees as an act of civil disobedience. The violent eviction of the refugees from the church also caused wide spread protests among the rest of the population. Some hours afterwards 20 000 people gathered in a demonstration  to denounce the police action and deportation. Thousands of Danes from all strands of society now claim that they are willing to use civil disobedience to hide refugees and a lot of actions takes place to mobilise against the inhumane acts against refugees in Denmark.

We environmental, peasant, pacifist, indigenous, religious and other movements in different parts of the world call for solidarity with the Danish civil disobedience movement to protect refugees and demand a humane asylum policy and practice. We see the respect of the age old right of church asylum as important for a society that want to call itself humane and democratic.

We are also worried about the way the Danish state acts in a time when the causes behind growing number of refugees are going to be discussed a the UN Climate summit in Copenhagen 7-18 of December. More and more refugees comes from regions were war and occupation is carried out to enforce the exploitation of fossil fuels in the interest of rich and privileged countries or from regions with victims of global warming.  Denmark is in many cases in the forefront of repression and criminalization of popular movements. In Denmark contrary to a neighbouring country like Sweden hiding asylum seekers is a crime and thus a movement which in Sweden includes tens of thousands of people is criminalized in Denmark. The first organisation to be sentenced as a terrorist organisation in Denmark according to new laws is Greenpeace who entered the office of a corporation in Copenhagen and made a banner drop protesting against GMOs.

The Climate Summit is a historic opportunity to strengthen a global climate justice alliance among all movements and those governments willing to acknowledge global and social justice as the basis for solving the climate crisis. It is of importance for the whole humanity that this voice can be raised. The massive use of force against those inside and outside of the Brorson church to enforce the deportation of the refugees puts in question the willingness of the Danish state to provide the possibility of a democratic participation in the climate negotiations including movements from the South. The Danish People’s Party which has pushed the Danish government towards more and more restrictive policies towards refugees is now also calling for a closure of the borders for demonstrators during the Climate Summit.

We call upon solidarity among all movements supporting climate justice against repression and escalation of violent police actions against refugees and movements in Denmark and during the Climate Summit.

Friends of the Earth Sweden

The deportation has been criticised as the Danish state entered the church and after a while put their riot gear on. This has been claimed by others to be a lie. But in the end it became clear that although the police did not enter the building in riot gear they put them on after a while. The police action outside the church to fulfil the deportation was violent according to all sources.

The first video showing how the police action and the response developed can be seen at:

Outside the church: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvfV4TXqBcM&NR=1

Inside the Church: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HG1t-pead8

The police video from the action was published later. In the video it becomes clear that the police had the riot gear on after a while and that the Iraqi refugees were shocked , some raised chairs over their hads but did not hit any policemen whith other tried to commit suicide with glass and jumping from high up. It is claimed but not shown on the video that the riot gear was used after that some glass was thrown at the police. When the news was presented it became clear that the violence used by the police outside the church is accepted as truth both by those criticising the deportation and those defending the police.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNzGLAB-Sqw

Propaganda for or against capitalism?

Tord Björk | Propaganda,Travel | Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

In Berlin at the main railway station there was a huge banner showing how the kitchen revolution in Central and Eastern Europe was carried out in 1989. What happened was that a tuff US sheriff arrived making people courageous at High Noon. That is how Solidarinosc and the other movements started and fulfilled their role in changing society in Poland and other countries.

In Wroclaw there was also pictures presenting how the change took place. At the central square poster with pictures from the year 1989 was set up, here with Lech Walesa, the leader of the trade union Solidarity.

Here we can see that the way the change in Poland was presented in Berlin was true. The US is an ideal for those that dare to confront the police.

But what is this? Lenin together with the US flag.

And what is this? That mustache looks very typically polish and whatever the women have in her hand, it is not a pistol.

And this looks somehow familiar, riot police to the left and black block to the right. In full mood for fighting and even prepared behind barricades, one with a mask. Maybe the bandit that the US sheriff must arrest?

Certainly this as well looks familiar. To have children to bring forward a political message is a favorite among all regimes. Stalin loved to be photographed with children and many movements have used children in the forefront of their protests. One of the most successful was Barnetogene, the Norwegian national liberation movement against Swedish imperialism that organised special children marches in the late 19th centrury that still today every 17th of May are very popular. So it seems they were in Poland.

Here is one more familiar scene. Green federation and others are protesting against radioactive risks if I understand the message correctly. This is certainly any European environmental protest in the 1980s. My experience from traveling in these days and visiting the illegal or half illegal environmental movement is that they took an active part in overthrowing the communist regimes … and the first one at least in Poland to take action against the new government to stop nuclear power.

The peace movement was also active of course also looking more like modern European popular movement activists than US sheriffs.

And what to say? How to win the kitchen revolution, so labelled after the places it was organised. By pistols or flowers? The dominant explenation in the West is that it was the US sheriff and his armament that forced the change to take place. The people on these pictures were of no importance nor all other Europeans that struggled for peace in the world on both sides of the split between the so called East and West, for the envrionment, human rights and social justice. What matters is the pistol not the flower. But somewhere there might grow new flowers.

Once upon a time the propaganda resurces of the countries ruled by communist parties in CEE countries was immense. Here is the view of the Karl Marx Allé in Berlin from the Alexander Platz tower.

Today the resources for making communist party propaganda is meagre. Here is the Communist party propaganda machine in Wroclaw.

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