Climate Dialogue space in Cancun/COP16

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Call-out Invitation to participate in the open and independent Climate Dialogue space in Cancun/COP16

Jun 172010

From November 29 to December 10, 2010, the 16th U.N. Conference of the Parties (COP16) on Climate Change will be in Cancun, Mexico,. Many networks, organizations and movements in Mexico and Latin America, are organizing an open and inclusive, alternative and independent space, the “CLIMATE DIALOGUE”- a gathering of the voices of the peoples and the movements confronting the climate crisis; where we will holding conferences, workshops, seminars, panels, meetings, and a general exchange of experience, etc.. in addition to the demonstrations and marches. Mexican organizations will organize the physical space and logistics in Cancun along with the potential help of international organizations. We will get periodic update on the preperations of this space, which is for social movements, indigenous organizations, peasants, women, urban-groups, and for civil society in general, with a clear political stance: anti-capitalist, no political parties nor governments, no religious institutions or private companies, no to the carbon market, and no to false solutions to climate change (such as CDM or the REDD mechanisms.) While we have few political differences, the Climate Dialogue space is important to hear and honor other voices confronting the positions being negotiated between governments within the COP16 meeting.

Regardless of whether you can be physically in Cancun or not (you may consider organizing local events in your respective region or country), we are interested if you are willing to endorse and promote this call for an alternative and independent space to the official COP16 summit in Cancun. You can endorse at any organizational level; netowrks, organizations, and collectives. Groups that are willing to endorse, we are reqeusting that your group sends us the names of the networks and /or endorsing organizations, and if you are able and willing to participate in the organization and coordination work toward Cancun- name and email address of a point-person. The organizations will appear in alphabetical order. Those who can join, please send your information as soon as possible.

We are currently building a website and mailing list for articles and other information relating to the COP16 in Cancun, and all the necessary information on how to get involved and participate.

More info: http://www.dialogoclimatico.org

2nd Mexican statement towards Cancún

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Mexican flag above the World Social Fourm Tematico at Zocalo in Mexico City were the different strand of the climate movements in Mexico came together in May 2010.

(Diálogo Cambio Climático – Espacio Mexicano frente a la Crisis Climática)

August, 2010

The  Espacio Mexicano frente a la Crisis Climática[1] (ES-MEX) and the Diálogo Climático, Encuentro de las voces de los pueblos y los movimientos frente a la crisis climática[2], join together civil society and social movement actors interested in exchanging information, discussing the main topics of the climate crisis, promoting political mobilization and bringing together educational actions and others in order to spread information in face of the next (16th) Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), which will take place between 29th November –  10th December 2010 in Cancún, Mexico.

It is a pluralistic and open space, in which different opinions, strategies and political cultures are expressed, and at the same time it is organized based on a clear political stance for common action.

The Diálogo Climático and ES-MEX consider the creation of consensus as an open and honest process of dialogue and discussion, recognizing that there exist different initiatives and groups acting in the COP 16 process and afterwards both at a national and at an international level. The Diálogo Climático and ES-MEX are considered to be part of the Mexican social movement and therefore we invite other national and international initiatives to an open dialogue in order to establish the agreements needed to unify the national and international civil society actions. Thus we have called for the Diálogo Climático, Encuentro de las voces de los pueblos y los movimientos frente a la crisis climática, with the aim to create a platform of both the national and international civil society actors towards the COP 16, as well as of the actions organized both in Cancún and in other parts of the country and the world.

The opportunity of common actions and strategies is based on a shared political position towards the main topics and actors within the global climate crisis and as well as on the will of giving a voice to the civil society, thus putting consensus in the center. Simultaneously, a debate about topics and strategies, on which different ideas and positions exist, is favored, with the aim of deepening the analysis and the exchange of ideas and information.

OUR BASIC POSITIONS

The Diálogo Climático and ES-MEX consider climate change not only an environmental problem, but  the reflection of a global crisis with multiple dimensions: economic, social, cultural and political. The main problem is an unjust and unsustainable model of production and consumption, which has caused climate change, social inequalities, poverty, exclusion, gender inequity and environmental exploitation.

As citizens, we recognize that we are responsible for the environmental deterioration and the damage of the earth, and we assume that it is necessary to act as a consequence exerting our citizen rights. Nevertheless we put emphasis on the necessity to face the structural causes of the climate crisis which are to be found, as mentioned above, in the unsustainable model of production and consumption being the most responsible the highly industrialized economies , as it is already recognized in the  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The disastrous failure of COP 15 and the Copenhagen “agreement” show that the governments are far from making real commitments when it comes to the reduction of emissions and to the changes needed to get to the root of the problem. Therefore it is urgent and necessary to increase the power of the people and the organized civil society in order to favour a real solution to the climate crisis.

The proposal we impel is not circumscribed to actions within the ongoing international meetings, in this case COP 16, but to the creation of  local and national agendas to unite the global movement for climate justice. This implies multiple and decentralized processes which include the commitment of many organizations and movements of every state and region in Mexico and from all over the world.

We state that it is necessary to analyze, to understand, and to revive those civil society documents and declarations which came up in international events, in particular the agreement drawn up at Rio ’92 “For fair, democratic and sustainable cities, villages and settlements” and the Peoples’ Declaration about Climate Change, emanated from the Cochabamba Peoples Summit last April.

We promote the analysis of the different governmental positions and of other actors intervening in the international negotiations and debates, but we hold the view that the articulation of Mexican movements can only come from local organizations and not from international nominations. As a civil society platform we are autonomous form the government and political parties.

The organizations which promote this initiative provide their links to international organizations in order to strengthen a common platform on which Mexican organizations host a space for the global movement within the preparation process towards Cancún.

PROPOSALS OF ACTIONS TOWARDS CANCUN

We declare that we promote at least five types of strategies which will make the proposals and claims of the people and the organized civil society in the COP 16 process visible.

1.      Analysis and discussion in order to reach consent on positions and proposals towards the climate crisis by means of organizing seminars, round-table conferences, workshops etc. jointly between national and international organizations or through the initiatives of multiple actors, previously and during the COP 16.

2.      Realization of a new session of the International Climate Justice Tribunal as an international initiative which we join and consider a privileged space for Mexican and international movements to denounce their cases.

3.      Social mobilization that expresses the voice of the peoples and social movements in the streets by means of organizing protest marches, meetings, sit-ins and cultural and educational events.  The organization of an unitary march in Cancún and concerted actions at other places throughout the country and the whole world at the same time, are desirable.

4.      Joining together local, national and international organizations in order to generate a geographic space and an activity calendar spread unitarily which facilitates the diversity of proposals, opinions, strategies and actions. This implies a register of participants and self-organized events, in order to look for coverage of the basic logistic requests of the different national and international action initiatives.

5.      Information and public spreading in the media of proposals and actions that give visibility to civil society, strengthen the educational work and the local, national and international struggles by means of writing declarations, documents, press releases, communiqués etc.

We respect organizations which decide to combine advocacy and mobilization strategies (the “inside and outside” strategy) at the COP 16, but we do not accept any initiatives that declare themselves as being the sole representative of civil society.

We call for persons, organizations, networks and movements to join the creation of a strong and unitary forum towards the climate crisis by means of:

1.      Signing on to the announcement of  “Diálogo Climático, Encuentro de las voces de los pueblos y los movimientos frente a la crisis climática” and the registration of participation in Cancún, which can be found at: www.dialogoclimatico.org

2.      Registering activities to be made in Cancún, which we suggest to be concentrated between December 6th and 10th.

3.      Organization of seminars, round-table conferences, workshops and meetings in order to discuss the climate crisis and participate in the construction of a local, national and international agenda about the climate crisis, which gives way to a discussion agenda and the positioning of the Mexican and the international movement in Cancún.

4.      Contribute to the construction of a concerted action platform of civil society previously to and during Cancún.

Dicussions at WSF Tematico in Mxico City in May on Cancun

Mexican organizations:

Peasant Organizations:
Consejo Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas (CONOC)
Coordinadora Nacional Plan de Ayala (CNPA)
Asociación Mexicana de Uniones de Crédito del Sector Social (AMUCSS)
Asociación Nacional de Empresas Comercializadoras de Productores del Campo (ANEC)
Alianza Nacional de Agropecuaria y Pesquera, El Barzón
Movimiento Agrario Indígena Zapatista (MAIZ)
Frente Democrática Campesino de Chihuahua (FDC)
Red Mexicana de Organizaciones Campesinas Forestales (RED MOCAF)
Unión de Pueblos de Morelos (UPM)

Environmental Organizations:
Asociación Interamericana de Defensa del Medio Ambiente (AIDA)
Bio TU
Bios-Iguana, A.C.
Bionero
Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA)
Greenpeace
Grupo de Estudios Ambientales (GEA)
Coalición de Organizaciones Mexicanas por el Derecho al Agua (COMDA)
Presencia Ciudadana Mexicana AC
Otros Mundos Chiapas- Amigos de la Tierra México
350 Org
Guardianes de los Volcanes
Marea Creciente México
Sakbe Comunicación Ambiental
Fondo para la Comunicación y la Educación Ambiental, A.C.
Red Manglar México
Caza Imagen
Red de Organizaciones Ambientalistas de Zihuatanejo (ROGAZ)
Centro de Capacitacion Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Energía y Sustentabilidad, A.C.  (CCIDTE)
Colectivo Ecologista de Jalisco.
Movimientos ecologistas de tabasco METAB. A.C

Organizations for Gender Justice:
Red Nacional Género y Economía
Red de Género y Medio Ambiente.
Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia, A.C.
Asociación Mexicana de Mujeres Líderes Microempresarias
Frente Cívico Netzahualcoyotl, A.C
Servicios Integrales para Mujeres Emprendedoras A.C. (SIEMBRA)
Red de Investigadoras por la Vida y la Libertad de las Mujeres
Centro de Apoyo Solidario, Documentación y Estudio A.C.
Colectivo Feminista Binacional-Baja California
Mujeres Organizadas en Pie de Lucha A.C.
Unión Campesina Democrática-Tlaxcala
Mujeres por México en Chihuahua. A.C.
Mujeres para el Dialogo  (MpD)
Red de Investigadoras por la Vida y la Libertad de las Mujeres A.C
Centro Laboral México, IAP
Colectivo de Mujeres de Sonora
Mujeres Trabajadoras Unidas, A.C.
Red de Mujeres Radialistas
Red de Mujeres Lideres por la Equidad y una Vida Libre de Violencia, A.C.
Centro de Apoyo para el Movimiento Popular de Occidente A.C.
Alianza Feminista de Nuevo León
Mujer y Medio Ambiente
Masculinidad y Políticas, A.C.

Organizations of the Urban Popular Movement, Unions and Workers Organizations:
Unión Popular Revolucionaria Emiliano Zapata (UPREZ)
Unión Popular Valle Gómez
Movimiento Urbano Popular-CND / RMALC
Patria Nueva
Comité de Lucha Popular
Barzón de la Ciudad de México.
Unión Popular Benita Galeana.
Coordinadora de Organizaciones Sociales Unión de Colonias Populares
Asamblea de Barrios Santa Maria la Ribera
Central Unitaria de Trabajadores
Asamblea de Barrios Ciudad de México
Federación de Organizaciones del Autotransporte de Turismo Similares y Conexos de la República Mexicana
Sociedad Organizada en Lucha
FUOSYC
Proyectos Populares.
Frente Auténtico del Trabajo
Unión Popular Democrática. Cancún
Cooperativa de Vivienda Digna
Fundación Valle Verde
Asociación para la Vivienda y el Bienestar Social
Taller de Comunicación Popular – UPD, Quintana Roo
Unión de Colonos Inquilinos y Solicitantes de Vivienda de Veracruz (UCISVER)
Alianza Internacional de Habitantes (AIH – México)
Asamblea de Barrios Vanguardia Ciudadana
Coordinadora Metropolitana de Movimientos Sociales
Frente Nacional del Movimiento Urbano Popular
Fuerza Ciudadana
Superbarrio Gómez
UPREZ – Benito Juárez
UPREZ – Centro
Movimiento Popular Francisco Villa
CCAT-UCAI
Central Unitaria de Trabajadores
Siervos de la Nación
Unión de Colonias Populares
Consejo de Defensa de la Vivienda
Consejo Campesino Urbano Popular Obrero
Unión de Asociaciones Civiles de Cuajimalpa
Sindicato de Trabajadores Administrativos de la Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (STAIUJAT).

Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores del Seguro Social (SNTSS) sección XXVI
Sindicato de Telefonistas de la República Mexicana (STRM) sección 80.
Sindicato Independiente Nacional de Trabajadores de la Salud (SINTS) sección Tabasco.
Comité Nacional de Estudios de la Energía (CNEE) Tabasco.

Organizations and movements against megaprojects, dams and free trade:
Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la Presa la Parota (CECOP)
Alianza Mexicana por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos (AMAP)
Red Mexicana de Acción Frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC)
Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA)
Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos (MAPDER)

Organizations from civil society and the academic field:
Centro Operacional de Vivienda y Poblamiento (COPEVI)
Colectivo ADA
Colectivo Luna Sexta
El Poder del Consumidor
Instituto Maya
Instituto Mexicano de Educación para el Consumo, A. C
Abogados Democráticos de Quintana Roo
Fundar Centro de Análisis

Foundations
Fundación Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Oficina Regional para México, Centroamérica y El Caribe

This is still opened for signatures

Thousands of Cancuns for climate justice!

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Via Campesina at COP15 in Copenhagen

La Via Campesina calls on social movements and all people to mobilize around the world

Social movements from around the world are mobilizing for the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Cancun from 29 November to 10 December 2010.

The COP 15 in Copenhagen demonstrated governments’ incapacity to tackle the root causes of the current climate chaos. At the very last moment, the US undemocratically pushed through the so called “Copenhagen accord”, in an attempt to move the debate out of the UN and the Kyoto promises and to favor even more voluntarily free market solutions.

The climate negotiations have turned into a huge market place. Developed countries, historically responsible for most of the greenhouse gas emissions are inventing all possible tricks to avoid reducing their own emissions. For example, the “Clean Development Mechanism” (CDM) under the Kyoto protocol allows countries to continue polluting and consuming as usual, while paying low prices supposedly so that developing countries reduce their emissions. What actually occurs is that companies profit doubly: to contaminate and to sell false solutions.

Monsanto tries to convince us that monoculture plantations of its GMO Roundup Ready soybeans qualify for carbon credits because they contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases that heat the planet by accumulating organic matter in the soil. Communities living nearby soy monoculture plantations are a living example of the mortal and destructive effects of these monocultures. Similar false arguments are used to sell carbon credits based on forest monocultures, agrofuel crops, or industrial animal production.

Many governments of developing countries, attracted by the potential profits, are betting on these false solutions and refusing to implement measures that effectively confront climate change, such as supporting sustainable peasant agriculture, orienting production towards internal markets, establishing effective energy saving policies for industry, etc.

Silvia Ribeira at Via Campesina seminar on climate and agricultural crisis during World Socila Forum tematico in Mexico City in May 20101

We demand the application of thousands of people’s solutions to climate change

It is now time for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to embark on resolute policies to contribute to solve the climate chaos. Countries need to take strong and binding commitments to radically cut gas emissions and radically change their mode of production and consumption.

Climate change also is worsening the migration crisis. The droughts, the terrible floods caused by severe storms, water contamination, soil erosion and degradation, as well as other destructive impacts of the neoliberal environmental disaster, are bringing about the displacement of thousands of people, mainly women and ruined farmers, from their rural communities and forcing them towards the cities and the North in a desperate search for the means of survival for them and their families. It is estimated that 50 million people have been forced to migrate due to the effects of climate change. These “climate displaced people” have come to swell the ranks of the more than 200 million human beings, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), that today represent the worse crisis of migration that humanity has faced.

Solutions do exist. More than 35,000 people gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia at the People Conference on Climate Change and for the Rights of Mother Earth broadening new visions and proposals to save the planet. These thousands of solutions coming from the people effectively confront the climate crisis.

We demand that the UNFCCC endorse the Cochabamba People’s Agreement proposals and to reject all false solutions being cooked up for the moment. Among them:

Defend land and forest rights: The REDD + initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) should be rejected. Protecting forests and reforesting degraded forests is an obligation of all governments that should be implemented without limiting the autonomy, the rights or the control of indigenous and peasant peoples over the land and their territories, and without serving as an excuse so that other countries and corporations continue contaminating and planting tree monocultures. Territorial and cultural rights of indigenous and peasant peoples should be explicitly recognized in any climate accord.

Reject geoengineering: Large-scale proposals to deliberately alter the climate, such as biochar; genetically modified plants to supposedly increase reflectivity and resistance to drought, heat and salt; the fertilization of the ocean or the massive creation of clouds, only create new unmanageable problems, they are not solutions. Geoengineering is only one example of how transnational companies are willing to play with the future of the planet and humanity in order to create new sources profit.

Reject all carbon trading schemes and Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM): Carbon trading has proven extremely lucrative in terms of generating investor dividends, but has completely failed in reducing greenhouse gas. In the new invented “carbon market” the price of carbon keeps dropping to rock bottom, which encourages further pollution. All carbon emissions should be reduced from the source, rather than allowing payment for the right to pollute.

Reject any participation of the World Bank in the management of funds and policies related to climate change.

We need millions and millions of peasant communities and indigenous territories to feed humanity and cool the planet.

Scientific research shows that peasant and indigenous peoples could reduce current global emissions to 75% by increasing biodiversity, recuperating soil organic matter, replacing industrial meat production with small-scale diversified food production, expanding local markets, halting deforestation and practicing integrated forest management.

Peasant agriculture not only contribute positively to the carbon balance of the planet, it also gives employment to 2.8 billion people, women and men around the world, and it remains the best way to combat hunger, malnutrition and the current food crisis.

The right to land and the reclaiming for territories, food sovereignty, access to water as a common good and a human right, the right to use, conserve and exchange seeds, the de-concentration and promotion of local markets, are the indispensable conditions so that peasant and indigenous peoples continue feeding the world and cooling the planet.

Join us to organize thousands of Cancuns!

Together with diverse organizations we will set up in Cancun, during the dates of the COP 16, the Alternative Global Forum “For life, and environmental and social justice”, which will unite the force and resistance of peasant peoples of the world, who are already cooling the planet (the Agenda towards Cancun 2010 is attached).

We call on social movements, popular organizations and all people of the world to organize on December 7, 2010, thousands of protests and actions to reject the false and market-based solutions. We declare ourselves in permanent mobilization until we defeat the big market negotiations in Cancun in December.

Peasants are cooling down the planet!

Globalize the struggle!

Globalize hope!

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Political Platform of Klimaforum 10

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

México D. F., July 9, 2010

After several meetings, we have adopted the following Political Platform of KlimaForum10:

1. THERE IS A CLIMATE CATASTROPHE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE

The weather patterns of the world are undergoing a rapid and disturbing disruption, which is increasing in both force and catastrophic impact. This change could end up being life-threatening for many human communities in coming years, for the large majority of people in this century.   Describing this process as “climate change”, amounts to distorting reality.

2. THERE IS NO TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

There will be no technological solution to climate disaster as long as certain economic values continue to predominate in the world, including mercantilism, utilitarianism, “development-ism,” and militarism. In this framework, “productivity,” competition, and manipulation reign supreme. As long as the system which generates these values (and therefore also shapes the dominant social imagination) remains in force, there will be no real solution. Neither nuclear energy, nor geoengineering, nanotechnology, GMOs, or biofuels (among other technologies) will offer us real solutions to the climatic disaster; they are false solutions. The only appropriate solutions to this predicament will come from a world-wide expansion of solidarity, cooperation, and friendship, valuing the pleasure of free time and playfulness, social life, autonomy, wisdom, the techniques and beauty produced by craftsmen and artists, practical and adaptive approaches, approaches based on relationships and co-existence, a spiritual approach, and mainly, respect for the sacredness of mountains, rivers, the seas, forests, the forests, the animals: Mother Earth, whose gifts have no price. This change in values must be systematic – meaning, we must change the system, not the climate – beginning with a different personal ethics, like voluntary simplicity. We must learn to live better with fewer objects, and to act in defense of the global common.

3. THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

Because of its violent nature and concentration of power, which removes it from local and cultural diversity, and because of its pyramidal, authoritarian character, governments are incapable of providing authentic solutions to climate catastrophe; they are capable only of false solutions.  False solutions are costing us precious time as we face this threat, experiencing greater calamities such as long heat waves, stronger hurricanes, droughts, forest fires, a drop in global food production, the rise and spread of diseases, the melting of glaciers, ocean acidification and sea-level rise, changes in ocean currents, the death of coral reefs, and species extinction, among others.  State-sponsored false solutions include “market-based” solutions (such as carbon markets), offsets, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), REDD, and perverse finance schemes. Only a great diversity of small-scale, locally-appropriate solutions, involving a great social mobilization, can mitigate the catastrophic effects of this modern disaster.

4. RADICAL REDUCTION IN CONSUMPTION AND INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION BY THE POWERFUL IS REQUIRED

In order to face the climatic disaster, we must urgently reduce consumption in the powerful countries, especially the United States, England, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, due to their historical responsibility in the generation of the climatic disaster. Further, we must reduce consumption by the rising middle-classes of the emerging economies, including China, India, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico and South Africa. As soon as possible, the present “American way of life,” which has grown into a cancer on the world, and which is the main cause of this catastrophe, must disappear. In particular, it is indispensable to vastly reduce the consumption of bottled water, red meat, paper, and mobile phones, among other things. Of course, this means vastly and rapidly reducing the global industrial over-production which gives rise to this untenable wastefulness. Centrally, industrial agriculture and factory farming must be rapidly abandoned in favor of a return to local, small-scale food production.

5. WE MUST LEAVE OIL, GAS, COAL AND OTHER GIFTS OF NATURE UNDERGROUD

The consumption of fossil fuels is not only the main cause of climatic disaster. Their extraction also generates enormous ecological damage; Peak Oil (which is already creating world-wide tensions and causing great misery) forces industry to riskier extractions every day, creating spills like the Gulf of Mexico gusher, and disasters like those in Maracaibo, Nigeria, and the Alberta tar sands. Mining, whose environmental damage is excessive, is in the same category. Without a rapid and radical reduction of energy consumption in the United States, the European Union, Japan, China, and India, it will not be possible to achieve real solutions to the climatic disaster which is causing the destruction of the modern world. It is urgent to establish severe restrictions to the use of the automobile, airplanes and high speed trains; to discourage “free markets;” to eliminate privatization; and to prohibit mega-projects. We must re-conceptualize and reconstruct governments with the purpose of substantially increasing civic collaboration, relocalize both production and consumption, and intensively reuse materials. It is essential to abandon the era of oil now, to move beyond the economy of “growth without limit” and to enter a stable era of low energy consumption and shared frugality.

6. WE MUST DE-NUCLEARIZE THE WORLD

Nuclear energy is a fundamental pillar of the dominant system – an unjust system responsible for creating climatic disaster, growing global injustice, and the predominance of values that reign today. We live under the tyranny of nuclear-armed states which initiate the wars and extreme violence that destroys modern societies. These states impose dominant modes of consumption and production, which foment the construction and operation of very dangerous nuclear plants in support of nuclear weapons, and which are leading to the world towards its rapid destruction. In order to face the climatic disaster, it is essential that the United States, Russia, France, England, China, Israel, India, and Pakistan eliminate their nuclear weapons. In addition, all the existing nuclear plants in the world must be dismantled, because their risks are excessive and their waste products leave an unacceptable burden to future generations. Only social awareness of the nature of nuclear energy and the continuous opposition of movements along with independent organizations can curb this insane activity by ministers, industrialists and the scientists loyal to them. There is no nuclear solution to climate change.

7. WE SUPPORT THE BLOSSOMING OF SMALL SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATIC CATASROPHE WHICH:

A. Give top priority to very low energy consumption.
B. Contain high percentages of reused materials and support traditional production methods and craftsmanship.
C. Guarantee food, clothing, housing, education, happiness and the spiritual needs of the most vulnerable.
D. Strengthen the local and regional communities where they take place.
E. Remain critical of industry and modern-day consumption.

MEXICAN PROMOTION COMMITTEE FOR KLIMAFORUM 2010:

Adriana Matalonga; Eugenio Cabrera; Gabriela de la Vega; Jorge López; Mauricio Villegas; Miguel Valencia; Miguel Ángel Rosas; Raquel Rodríguez.

Web page:  www.klimaforum10.org.mx

ORGANIZATIONAL ENDORSERS OF THIS PLATFORM

Autoridad Tradicional Otomí de San Cristobal Huichochitlan, Estado de México

CAMBIOS, (Cooperative for a Biodiverse and Sustainable Environment or “Cooperativa por un Ambiente Biodiverso y Sustentable”)

Culture Change, ecologist magazine from Arcata, California, USA

Ecoactivists from the Civil Association of the community of Magdalena Mixhuca (“Ecoactivistas de la Magdalena Mixhuca AC”)

ECOMUNITIES Autonomous Ecologists Network from the region “Cuenca de Mexico” in the Mexican Basin (“ECOMUNIDADES, Red Ecologista Autónoma de la Cuenca de México”)

EDENAT (Network In Defense of Mother Nature) (“EDENAT, Red en Defensa de la Naturaleza”

Reduction or Cruelty! Network for the Reduction (“¡DESCRECIMIENTO O BARBARIE! Red por el descrecimiento”)

Front of the Peoples of Anáhuac (“Frente de los Pueblos de Anáhuac”)

Front of the Left (“Frente Izquierda”)

Front for Human Rights, Baja California (“Frente de Derechos Humanos, Baja California”)

Civil Society for Environmental Action Network (“Red Acción Ambiente SC”)

Theater Popular Association PC- CLETA

Timbers of the People of the Southeast, Civil Association (“Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, AC)

Network for the Defense of the City of Mexico (“Red en Defensa de la Ciudad de México”)

Organización Tecelihqui A.C. promotora de turismo alternativo en Teotihuacan

Civil Association For a Change with Dignity (“Por el Cambio con Dignidad AC”)

Pitahaya Growers’ Society, community of Chan Tza Can, Kinchil, Yucatán (“Sociedad de Productores de Pithaya Chan Tza Can de Kinchil”)

Civil Association of the Tecolote Theater Workshop (“Teatro Taller Tecolote, AC”)

INDIVIDUAL ENDORSERS OF THIS PLATFORM

Aina Barag, tree guardian, Herradura, State of México

Alejandro García Núñez, Social Change Movement

Alejandro Aceves Jiménez, environment consultant and adviser

Alejandro Velarde, eco-techician

Alfredo Rojas Díaz Duran, Social Change Movement

Antonio Vital, Aliance for Health and Public Workers

Antonio Figueroa, Proyect Alternative of the Nation

Araceli Flores, The Other Campaign

Carlos Zaragoza Cibrián, Rayo Zaragoza

Carmen Ventura Quintal, of EIS 2012, Yucatán

Cristobal Flores Hernández, Autoridad Tradicional Otomí de San Cristobal Huichochitlan, Estado de México

Denise Alamillo, campaign Vote Nullification

Dr. Álvaro de la Chica, coordinator for the Civic Alliance, Ensenada, BC

Dr. Luis Tamayo, coordinator, Research Group in Ecosofia UEF/CIDHEM

Dr. José Ignacio Félix Díaz, Autonomous Metropolitan University, Cuajimalpa

Dr. Rafael Huacuz, College of Mexico

Dulce Karina Fierros Barquera, the De-Growth Department, Political and Social Sciences, UNAM

Edith González, the Civil Association Echoes, Voices and Actions

Edgardo Mota, Political Ecology Workshop, UAM, Xochimilco

Eduardo Rincón Mejía, Energy Program, UACM

Enrique Cisneros, del grupo de teatro popular PC-CLETA

Eugenio del Valle, coordinator of enviromental issues, CROC

Fernando Vallejo, escritor, novelista

Flor de Mayo Rouko, EIS2012, Yucatán

Gabriel Eduardo Gallegos Labastida, De-Growth Group, Department of Political and Social Sciences UNAM

Gerardo Martínez of the Left Front

Gerardo Montes de Oca Sierra, of the Civil Society for the Environmental Action Network

Guillermo Samaniego Martínez, Faculty Higher Studies, Iztacala, UNAM

Gustavo Romero from the Civil Association Fomentosol

Hugo David Uriarte Bonilla, Social Transformation Movement

Iván Azuara Montes, UCCS (Union of Scientists Committed to Society or Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad)

Jan Lundbergh, from Culture Change magazine, Arcata, California, USA

Jesús Solís Alpuche, Pitahaya Growers’ Society, community of Chan Tza Can, Kinchil, Yucatán

José Enrique González Ruíz, coordinator for the graduates in Human Rights at UACM

José Enrique Tec Poot del EIS2012, Yucatán

José Ignacio Gutiérrez de Velazco, Cooperative Self-Management Program UACM

José Luís Hernández Jiménez, Civil Association For a Change with Dignity

Juan A. Negrete Guzman, Autoridad Tradicional Otomí de San Cristobal Huichochitlan, Estado de México

Juan Izquierdo Robles, Autoridad Tradicional Otomí de San Cristobal Huichochitlan, Estado de México

Liliana Zavala Nieto of the Alternative Proyect of the Nation

Lucy Torres of the Klimaforum10 initiative, Puebla

Luisa Ortiz Garduza, Social Transformation Movement

Luis Cisneros Lujan, general director of the Civil Association Theater Workshop Tecolote

Luis Gabriel Urquieta, Political Science, UNAM

Lucrecia Noemí, environmental trainer

Marco Antonio Tafolla Soriano of the Xoxocotla Movement, Morelos

María Gonzalez Rodriguez, Autoridad Tradicional Otomí de San Cristobal Huichochitlan, Estado de México

Marisol Valverde Yáñez, Social Transformation Movement

Miguel Ángel García of the Civil Association Timbers of the People of the Southeast

Oscar Montaño of the Front for Human Rights, Baja California

Oralia Silvia Rocha de la  Organización Mundial Ambientalista Educativa AC

Pedro Echeverría, columnist, México

Pedro Pliego from the Civil Society Enviromental Action Network

René Molteni, Social Transformation Movement

Ricardo Guzmán, Political Ecology Workshop, Metropolitan Autonomous University, Xochimilco

Sebastian Silva, neighborhood activist from colonia Condesa

Sergio Benjamín Carbajal Rejón, lucha por la tenencia de la tierra en el ejido HERMANOS FLORES MAGON del municipio de Othon P. Blanco, Quintana Roo

Silverio de la Mora, from the civic Movement in defense of the Parque Central Benito Juárez en Tijuana, Baja California

Víctor Ariel Bárcenas Delgado, environmental issues

Call for solidarity actions with the accused spokespersons for the Climate Justice movement

From Climate collective web site

Read the Danish version here

On the 29th of September there will be a solidarity demonstration in Copenhagen starting at 17:00 at Gammeltorv, in support of Stine Gry Jonassen and Tannie Nyboe, two spokespersons for the Climate Justice Action network (CJA) who will go on trial the 6th of October. They are accused of ‘organizing’ the Reclaim Power – Push for Climate Justice demonstration on the 16th of December in Copenhagen. We call out for everyone to act in solidarity on the 29th of September through demonstrations and statements of support and solidarity, including demonstrations and manifestations outside Danish embassies, demanding that the charges be dropped against Stine and Tannie. You can contribute with a picture on online solidarity at: www.climatecollective.org/push

During the climate summit in Copenhagen, more than 2000 people were arrested preventively and held in custody while they were trying to have their voices heard. These people along with thousands of other people from around the world were trying to set a different and more just political agenda in the climate debate. Climate Justice Action, a global network of social movements and groups, was mobilizing and calling for a protest and people’s assembly to challenge the farcical political negotiations at the COP15. They demanded just solutions to the climate crisis, solutions that do not only favor the rich western world. On the 16th of December the CJA network organized the Reclaim Power – Push for Climate Justice action, to give a voice to those people marginalized by the negotiations and most affected by climate change.

This emerging climate justice movement was met with severe repression and an abuse of power from the Danish government. This was reflected in the form of massive detainment of protesters and targeting of alleged organizers of legal demonstrations. During 2009 the Danish government and the Danish police carried out an intense scare campaign in the media to demonize protesters and activists. Police were given extra legal powers and economic resources for the COP 15. This led to thousands of preventive arrests, month-long surveillance of telephones, raids of private homes and accommodations and grotesque and unnecessary detentions. Stine Gry and Tannie acted as spokespersons for CJA in the media during the whole COP period, arguing for the right to protest and against the massive police repression. They are now both being held personally responsible for the Reclaim Power – Push for Climate Justice action, and are facing charges including planning violence against police, gross vandalism, serious disturbance of public peace and order, and trespassing. Some of these charges are drawn from the Danish terror package and the penalties are strengthened by the new Danish anti-protester laws introduced just prior to the COP 15.

The main evidence against Stine Gry and Tannie is that they allegedly shouted “push” from the sound truck during the demonstration on the 16th, along with thousands of other protestors. The truth is, we all shouted “push!” on the 16th, and we all pushed together for climate justice on that day.

Through this trial the Danish state is trying to make two individuals responsible for a whole movement’s collective decision-making and collective protests. This is clearly an attempt to scare people from protesting and organizing politically, killing off all critical voices. It is a violation of the freedom of speech and our right to assembly. The right to protest and everyone’s right to be heard is an essential element in a democracy, even if you are speaking against the existing capitalist system. We therefore call on everyone to show solidarity with the accused on the 29th of September and make criticism of this ongoing repression visible.

To highlight the absurdity in the charges, we encourage people to take actions using the slogan “we also shouted push!”. Post your photos www.climatecollective.org/push and send your videos of solidarity actions to the climate collective (cop15repression@climatecollective.org), and let us know any information of actions that happen.

In Solidarity – The Climate Collective

The trial dates of Stine Gry Jonassen and Tannie Nyboe are the 6th, 27th and 28th of October, but additional court days might be necessary.

Khimki battle solidarity campaign continues

Tord Björk | Action,Environmental movements,International action,Repression,Russia | Monday, September 27th, 2010

Today the court in Khimki decided to prolong the police custody for Alexei Gaskarov for another two months accused of organizing an action against the Khimki town hall for protection of the Khimki forest. Tomorrow the court will decide about the fate of Maxim Solopov facing the same charges. Thus the campaign for Freedom for Gaskarov continues. The protests in Russia and internationally have been wide spread in 32 cities in 12 countries. Here you find a video message by th publisher of this blog which was sent on request to Moscow, the video is made by Marwin Wettlestam Palm and Victor Sjöfors:

The campaign has received wide spread support a group of 50 well-known Russian public figures and human rights activists. They addressed an open letter to the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. They call on him to secure the release of the Khimki hostages, Alexei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov, and to investigate the numerous violations of Russian laws and human rights committed by local authorities and law enforcement agencies against antifascists, social activists, and journalists during their investigation:

http://khimkibattle.org/?p=914&lang=en

Read more about the international campaign at: http://chtodelat.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/international-solidarity-with-the-khimki-hostages-the-campaign-continues and more about the lack of evidence and the odd idea that the accused have to prove he is not guilty: http://chtodelat.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/khimki-the-town-where-youre-guilty-until-proven-innocent/

Russian environmental organizations united: for the forest against the repression

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

On the eve of the international action day for freedom for Gaskarov and Solopov 17-20th of September all main Russian environmental organizations have issued a call together for the protection of the forest near Moscow including the Khimki forest as well as making a protest against the repression. The organizations acting in unison are the Movement for Defending the Khimki forest, Greenpeace Russia, WWF Russia, Biodiversity Conservation Center, Russian Bird Conservation Union, and Socio-Ecological Union.



Their call is focused on saving the forests but is also using strong wordings in protests against the repression of all defenders of the forest:

”if the trail through the Khimki forest will be built, it is actually legitimizing the harassment of citizens protesting, attempted murder, criminal structures in the punitive system and provocations in order to protect the interests of economic and financial structures that implement large-scale commercial projects. The decision on laying tracks through the Khimki forest is a huge step in the direction of the rule of law in a criminal totalitarian regime that denies basic rights of citizens of Russia.”

The environmentalists also makes it clear that the struggle to protect the Khimki forest is far from won and that it is linked to stopping repression:

“We welcome the order of the President of Russia to suspend construction of trails through the Khimki forest and conduct further discussions on the draft “- said Alexey Yaroshenko, head of the forestry department of Greenpeace Russia. “However, we fear that this order is directed only to reassure public opinion. The reality is that unreasonable detention and intimidation of defenders of the forests continues, the designers refuse to even discuss alternatives, and the work in the forest is not completely stopped.”

The environmental organizations also claim that the Khimki forest conflict has a very strong importance for the future of environmental protection in Russia.  In spite of that the scale of the planned construction in the Khimki forest is modest, sees similarities with the historical environmental victorious struggle against the diversion of the northern runoff of rivers in the southern regions of the USSR  in the 80s. They claim that in spite of the small scale for ”the future of our nature conservation the protection of the Khimki forest is no less important than the abandonment of the rotation of the rivers. Construction of trails through the Khimki forest – is not only the destruction of one of the most valuable forests in the forest-park zone of Moscow, but also an important precedent, the key to the destruction of the remaining parks.”

This shows the importance given by all main environmental organizations in Russia to the Khimki battle. This means that it is also of global importance as the environmental movement in Russia and all supporting the call to protect nature as the antifascists have done several times are the main force behind protecting the ecosystem in one of the largest countries on earth. Their struggle is our struggle. Or as the succesful concert and manifestation in Moscow that caused the temporary halt to the construction of the high way through the forest was called: ”Khimki forest is everywhere”.  Join the calls for protecting the Khimki forest and the coming international action days 17-20th of September for Freedom for Alexei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov and other antifascists.

Tord Björk

Member of the Climate working group, Friends of the Earth Sweden

Below you find links to websites and articles about the conflict and the callout for international action to support Russian activists, and in the end the press release about the founding of the Coalition ”For the forest near Moscow”.

The call for international solidarity actions in many languages at the campaign website: www.khimkibattle.org

A callout to the global justice and environmental movements to support the international day of action at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1919

A callout to the global social forum movement at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1925

Continiously updated information at two facebook groups/sites:
Freedom for Russian antifascists Alexei Gaskarov & Maxim Solopov!:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115#!/group.php?gid=123233894390151&ref=ts
Defence of the Khimki Forest:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115

A longer article with links on the subject: ”Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists” at http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

Nowadays you can also find a lot ofm material from Russian websites without knowledge in Russian. This woith the help of Googe translate. With some basic knowledge about the issue it is fully possible to follow much of the information and discussion in Russian. Of clourse the trnslation is rudimentary and sometimes not pöossilble to understand but quite a lot fully uiseful. The transöation pof the press release below is made with the help of this method, there might be some mistakles in it. The original version you find at Ecodefence web site www.ecmo.ru


Coalition ”For the forest near Moscow” established

The threat of destruction Khimki forests and forest-park zone in the whole of Moscow rallied the Russian environmental movement. As of today, Russia’s largest non-governmental environmental organizations and associations – the Movement for Defense Khimki forests, Greenpeace Russia, WWF Russia Biodiversity Conservation Center, Russian Bird Conservation Union, Socio-Ecological Union – will act in an unified coalition “For the forest near Moscow.

This is not the first time that the government’s actions that can cause irreparable damage to the nature of our country, inspire a rise in public environmental management, and ultimately lead to the consolidation and strengthening of the environmental community. For example, the diversion of the northern runoff of rivers in the southern regions of the USSR brought in the 80s of the last century, an unprecedented rise in public environmental movement, whose results are still being felt today.

The scale of planned construction in the Khimki forest is much more modest than the once planned diversion of the runoff of northern rivers. But for the future of our nature conservation Khimki forests is no less important than the abandonment of the rotation of the rivers. Construction of trails through the Khimki forest – is not only the destruction of one of the most valuable forests in the forest-park zone of Moscow, but also an important precedent, the key to the destruction of the remaining parks. Selecting a route through the Khimki forest means that the constitutional right of citizens to a healthy environment, which is an essential function of the suburban parks, is denied, at least in comparison with the interests of owners and tenants of other plots. Furthermore – if the trail through the Khimki forest will be built, it is actually legitimizing the harassment of citizens protesting, attempted murder, criminal structures in the punitive system and provocations in order to protect the interests of economic and financial structures that implement large-scale commercial projects. The decision on laying tracks through the Khimki forest – is a huge step in the direction of the rule of law in the criminal totalitarian regime that denies basic rights of citizens of Russia.

“We insist on a truly fair and independent hearings on toll-speed highway Moscow – St. Petersburg, on the openness of all the information on possible alternatives and that one of them will be chosen, which will cause the least damage to the Khimki forest and the overall quality of the environment in the urban district of Khimki “- leader of the Movement for the Defence Khimki forest Yevgenia Chirikova commented on the immediate aim of the coalition.” We welcome the order of the President of Russia to suspend construction of trails through the woods Khimki and conduct further discussions on the draft “- said Alexey Yaroshenko, head of the forestry department of Greenpeace Russia. “However, we fear that this order is directed only to reassure public opinion. The reality is unreasonable detention and intimidation of defenders of the forests continues, the designers refuse to even discuss alternatives, and the work in the forest is not completely stopped. Wanton detention by the police party Movement for the Defence Khimki forest Jaroslav Nikitenko and keeping him for two days in inhumane conditions proves that the government as a whole is not ready to respect the rights of citizens. ”

“Khimki forest is truly unique for the near suburbs natural area worthy of inclusion in a separate section of the Elk Island National Park” – said Eugene Schwartz, Director of Conservation Programme WWF-Russia. “We hope that common sense will prevail, Khimki forest will be saved and from this will start a review related to forests near Moscow as a reserve excluded from land for construction and infrastructure development. ”

“The attention of the coalition” For the forest near Moscow, will focus on the protection of all forest land in the Moscow region, their ecological role of xtrme high importanc in a n area with very high population density. The preservation and restoration of forests outside Moscow should be the number one priority in regional policy in the decades ahead, because it is nature provide the population of the territory of oxygen and other necessary conditions for life, a lack of which the people living here are already experiencing “- said Alexey Zimenko, director general of the Biodiversity Conservation Center.

Non-governmental environmental organizations and associations that make up the coalition For forests of Moscow region, Khimki intend to strive to maintain the forest, forest-park belt of Moscow and the whole reconstruction of careful and reasonable relationship to the forests of Moscow region.

Persons from all over the world supporting Russian activists

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Information about the persons signing the world wide support call:

Action Alert: Khimki Battle Solidarity 17-20 September

To all friends of forests and people worldwide!

Support Russian activists September 17-20

In a historically courageous struggle people in Russia have been able to halt the construction of a high way through the Khimki forest. While the forests were burning all over Russia the authorities started a wave of detaining, torturing and harassing people in movements defending the Khimki forest close to Moscow. They need our solidarity.

Se the whole call at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1919

More about the persons signing the call

Today it is much easier to follow what is going on in other countries even if you do not know the language. It is possible to get an impression of the organizations to whom the signatory belongs by looking at the websites below with the help of google translate. This is way you can also follow Russian web sites:

Badrul Alam, Bangladesh Krishok Federation

Is the leader of the peasant movement in Bangladesh with half a million members. Badrul Alam participated in the Climate justice protests at the COP15 in Copenhagen and have also earlier been active in the global justice movement protests at Summits. Bangladesh Krishok Federation is a member of Via Campesina international.

http://viacampesina.org

Patrick Bond, Centre for Civil Society Environmental Justice Project,
Durban, South Africa

Academician and activist, professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy, and geopolitics. Have been working for the South African government, authoring or editing more than a dozen policy papers. He has been active in several movements for social justice, against privatization, and for climate justice. He is in the board of several international journals and has written many articles and books as South Africa and Global Apartheid – Continental and international policies and politics,  Global uneven development, primitive accumulation and political-economic conflict in Africa: the return of the theory of imperialism, Post-imperialist north-south financial relations?, Against carbon trading as climate change mitigation, Ideology and strategies in the fight against multinational corporate water privatization, and Ideas and strategies in the alterglobalisation movements.

Mark Barrett, Climate Justice Action London

Is trained as a lawyer and now living in London. He has been campaigning on issues of civil liberties, human rights, ecology and democracy. Mark Barrett was inspired by taking part in the anti-APEC and anti-MAI (Multilateral Agreement on Investments) nascent global justice movement. He organised the ‘People in Common’ picnic campaign, a direct action response to the clampdown on peaceful protest in Westminster which grow into the Campaign for a 21st Century Constitution. During the G20 protests in London Mark Barrett was a spokes person for the mobilizations. Following a conference on Human Rights to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Mark and colleagues formed a new network: Project 2012 is dedicated to building a rights based coalition for a new society in the UK and elsewhere. At the same time, as part of his work for the 21st Century Network, the Campaign for Real Democracy (CRD) was set up, aiming at developing a new political economy, and social action based on ‘real’ (as in ‘decentralised’, ‘bottom up’) democracy. The idea is that an independent civil society is the third superpower, which must now stand up as an equal alongside, and ultimately as the master of both state and capital; and that need a new political economy, based on a radical localism, is needed in order to make that a reality.

21st Century Network: http://21st-centurynetwork.com

Climate Justice Action: http://www.climate-justice-action.org

Mark Brown, Art Not Oil/Rising Tide, UK

Is making direct cultural actions promoting climate justice. Art Not Oil has aimed to encourage artists – and would-be artists – to create work that explores the damage that companies like BP and Shell are doing to the planet, and the role art can play in counteracting that damage. It is designed in part to paint a truer portrait of an oil company than the caring image manufactured by ‘cultural activities’ of the oil multinationals which also happen to divert public attention away from their actual activities. Art Not Oil is a project of the climate justice movement Rising Tide UK.

http://www.artnotoil.org.uk

Carmen Buerba de Comite de Defensa Ecologica Michoacana, Mexico

Local environmental activists in the Michoachan region in Mexico, one of million local environmentalists around the world struggling in similar conflicts as Ecodefence is doing in Moscow.

Nicola Bullard, Focus on the Global South, Thailand

Nicola Bullard is a Senior Associate with Focus on the Global South and active in the Climate Justice Now! (CJN!) network. Focus on the Global South is based in Thailand and involved in issues as global economy, peace, democracy and building movement alliances. Climate Justice Now! network brings together international mass movements as Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International and Jubilee South. Nicola Bullard joined Focus in February 1997. Before that, she worked in Cambodia, Thailand and Australia with human rights, development, and women’s organisations and with trade unions. She has also worked as an editor, journalist and publisher. Nicola studied international relations at the Institute for Social Studies in the Hague, and education, geography and urban sociology in Melbourne. She is Australian.

Focus on the Global South: http://www.focusweb.org

Climate Justice Now!: http://www.climate-justice-now.org

Ellie Cijvat, Friends of the Earth Sweden

Chair of Friends of the Earth Sweden, active in numerous campaigns such as against monoculture in forestry and the Swedish-Finnish corporation Stora Enso exploitation of small farmer lands in Latin America, climate justice, transportation and at the moment in building alliances between environmental and peasant movements in Sweden.

Friends of the Earth Sweden/Miljöförbundet Jordens Vänner: http:// www.mjv.se

Joshua Kahn Russell, Ruckus Society, USA

Has been an activist in Rain Forest Action and at the moment in Ruckus society. He is working to bridge movements for environmental sanity and racial justice. He is a strategy and non-violent direct action trainer with the Ruckus Society, and serves communities impacted by fossil fuel extraction. He works internationally with the Climate Justice Now! network to bring justice to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and has been a leading voice in the International Youth Climate Movement. During the Climate Summit in Copenhagen he started the walk out by NGOs and some members of governmental delegations from the official conference during the Reclaim Power action. In early 2006, Josh was a core organizer in reviving, launching and building the “new” Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a national multi-issue youth & student led group, which grew rapidly to over 250 chapters and nearly 3,000 members nationwide. He graduated in 2006 with degrees in Women’s & Gender Studies and Sociology. At Brandeis he coordinated successful university-wide student strikes with the Brandeis Anti-war Coalition in March of 2003 to protest the invasion of Iraq, and again in May of 2006 on May Day in support of Immigrant Rights. Josh Kahn Russell is a member of Bay Rising Affinity Group, and works with Mobilization for Climate Justice West. He currently lives in Oakland, CA.

Ruckus society http://www.ruckus.org

Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Acción, Spain

Is an international activist and coordinator of ecological agriculture and food sovereignty in one of the most influential ecological movements in Europe. Ecologistas en Accion was one of the main forces in building the global justice movement in Europe by initiating and being part of large system-critical alliances opposing the neo-liberal agenda at the World Energy Summit 1992, The 50th anniversary of the Bretton Woods institutions IMF and the World Bank 1994 and the EU Summit 1995, all in Madrid. Tom Kucharz have recently been active in the campaign against a Europe of Capital and member of the organizing committee of People’s Summit Enlazando Alternativas IV, during the EU-Latin America Summit in Madrid this year.

Ecologistas en Acción: https://www.ecologistasenaccion.org

Maduresh Kumar, National Alliance of People’s Movements, India

Have been working with CACIM – India Institute for Critical Action: Centre In Movement and recently joined the mass movement NAPM which was initiated by the Narmada movement. The Narmada movement to prevent the forced eviction of hundreds of thousands of  people due to the construction of dams turned mass civil disobedience into a main model for struggle in the global environmental movement in the end of the 1980s and is still today a key movement for another development in India and a symbol for resistance against the present development model world wide.

National Alliance of People’s Movements: http://napm-india.org

Marea Creciente Mexico

Rising Tide in Mexico, a Climate Justice direct action group at the moment involved in organizing protests during the COP16 Climate summit in Cancun.

Marea Creciente Mexico: http://marea-creciente.org

Adriana Matalonga, Miguel Valencia y Mauricio Villegas from Ecomunidades and Klimaforum10, Mexico

Local environmental activists in the Mexico city region struggling against motorways and other issues of environmental concern as the being against the neoliberal development model. Initiators of the Klimaforum10 process in Mexico towards the Climate Summit COP16 in Cancun late this year.

Ecomunidades: http://red-ecomunidades.blogspot.com

Tannie Nyböe, Climate Justice Action, Denmark

Spokes person for Climate Justice Action during the Climate Summit in Copenhagen December 2009. She is accused of charges including planning violence against police, systematic vandalism and serious disturbance of public peace and order. Some of these charges are drawn from the Danish terror package and the penalties are strengthened by the new Danish anti-protester laws introduced just prior to the COP15. The charges they face are unfounded, but can still potentially result in years in prison.
Tannie Nyböe was in the demonstration van during the Reclaim Power action coming from outside. At present facing trial in October in Copenhagen. Two other spokes persons for Climate Justice Action faced the same charges as and got their verdict late August. They were found not guilty on all charges. Tannie Nyböe is active in the Climate Collective, a key organization in the Climate Justice Action.

Climate Collective: http://www.climatecollective.org/en/start

Uddhab Pyakurel, South Asian Dialogue on Ecological Democracy, India

Is an activist in the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam international network for comprehensive democracy being involved in the World Social Forum and the South Asian Dialogue on Ecological Democracy.

South Asian Dialogue on Ecological Democracy: http://www.saded.in

Josie Riffaud, Via Campesina, France

Is a flower growing peasant from the Bordeaux district in France. She has been representing Via Campesina internationally in the World Social Forum process and in the civil disobedience actions at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Via Campesina is a mass movement for small farmers with some 200 million members world wide and a strong force in uniting people’s movement for social and environmental justice and against repression. Josie Riffaud is a member of the national board of Confédération paysanne, a Via Campesina organisation in France.

Confédération paysanne: http://www.confederationpaysanne.fr

Marko Ulvila, Friends of the Earth Finland

Green party politician and active in Friends of the Earth Finland. Active in numerous campaigns as against the Swedish-Finnish corporation Stora Enso exploitation in Latin America. Have been writing on sustainable consumption globally and the need to see the class dimension in the environmental struggle. Participated on behalf of Friends of the Earth Finland at the founding meeting of People’s Global Action against “Free Trade” and WTO in Geneva 1998 and is presently active on local issuesn, in the Degrowth movement and with Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Friends of the Earth Finland/Maan Ystävät: http://www.maanystavat.fi

Thomas Wallgren, Democracy Forum Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Finland

Social Democratic politician and head of the department of philosophy at the university of Helsinki. Veteran in the movement for international solidarity and environmental concerns. Democracy Forum Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a long term cooperation to strengthen the idea of comprehensive democracy on all fields of human life inspired by yearly exchange of activists between Finland and India since 1989 on development critique and democratization of society. Organized successful antirepression work in Helsinki during an EU-Asia Summit in 2006.

Demokratiafoorumi Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: http://www.demokratiafoorumi.fi

Khimki Battle videos

Some videos first giving a general back ground to the conflict and then videos from different occasions during the course of events in the Khimki Battle. The original text describing the video at the Youtube web site is in italics. When the original text is in Russian it is translated rudimentary with the help of google translate. Some of the videos especially about the general back ground is in english, most videos on the day by day course of events in Russian.

General back ground:

December 10, 2009

A good starter is this main stream TV program made by the Russian media channel RT (www.rt.com). It describes well the Khimki forest with nice pictures and then the director of Greenpeace Russia in the studio explains for the journalist why it is in need of protection and what is wrong with Russian protection of forests, in English. “Khimki Wood or highway, Money or Nature!”

July 29, 2010

“Protest’s to Save Forest” – A good general picture of the conflict is given by this Al Jazeera news made by a reporter that goes out into the forest and covers the course of events in English broadly July 29.

Russian environmentalists armed with fireworks and molotov cocktails have a stormed a town hall building near Moscow, the capital. They trying to stop the destruction of the Khimki forest, one of the last natural woodlands on the edge of the city. The area is in the path of a proposed highway, an eight billion dollar project connecting Moscow to Saint Petersburg. And environmentalists have accused “hired thugs” of trying to evict them from the forest. Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports.

August 1, 2010
General about the conflict early August, AFPTV, Agence France press TV (in Russian), the describing text in English: Russian demonstrators have hurled smoke bombs and smashed windows in a rare violent protest against the building of a road through a forest outside Moscow. Dozens of local residents, environmentalists and anarchists have been gathering in recent days to save the Khimki forest, highlighting a growing trend for Russians to demonstrate about civic issues. A natural sound version of an AFPTV report:

You have to go to the youtube web site to see this as embedding is not allowed by AFPTV.

Course of events in the Khimki battle:

November 24 2009

Music video : Khimki district was the most green area of Moscow region before the arrival of the current administration. Portraying the Khimki mayor and the protests.

Video message to the president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. The leader of the Movement for the Defence of Khimki forest Eugene Chirikov demanding the resignation of the government Vladimir Putin. On Web sites, and http://ecmo.ru http://ecmoru.livejournal.com activists also issued a detailed appeal to the President, which called the Putin government the main obstacle to development and modernization of Russia. Also November 24, 2009.

December 14, 2009

Appeal to participants at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen

This early video from December 14 starts with some photos from the Khimki forest in the winter and than a longer interview in Russian with Environmental movement spokes person Chirikova in Russian. It shows the sincerity behind the protest and the will to reach out with arguments in spite of lack of technical know how in making videos.

http://ecmo.ru, http://ecmoru.livejournal.com: OPEN LETTER TO participants of the Copenhagen Climate Summit FROM Save Khimki Forest Movement (Russia). “We kindly ask participants of the Copenhagen Climate Summit to take an appeal to EBRD, EIB and the Vinci Company asking them to stop financial support for the Moscow St. Petersburg motorway project in its present state (i.e., through the Khimki Forest Park)”.

February 26, 2010

Reporter Irina Yassin, rian.ru in its author’s program “The ABC of change” is trying to solve the riddle: Why fee route Moscow-St Petersburg is designed so that logging in Khimki, it must make a strange detour in the direction of the Khimki woods? Who benefits from destroying the forest and why? Details and collecting signatures for the forest: www.ecmo.ru, http://ecmoru.livejournal.com.

May 6

Confronting exploiters in the forest, Moscow Region, Khimki forest. The preparation for the construction of road Moscow-Petersburg. Shooting Dmitry Zykov for www.grani-tv.ru

May 29

Shevchuk asks questions Putin on freedom of speech,
and the March of Dissent. ! From the video cut out a small piece Full video of the meeting: http://premier.gov.ru/visits/ru/10771 …

July 7

Environmental action in the forest, Chirikova confronts men in suit and old woman continius the graffiti struggle, In Russian – Moscow region, Khimki.The rally and march against the felling of oak Left Bank for the construction of luxury housing. Shooting Dmitry Zykov for www.grani-tv.ru

July 15

SvobodaRadio | July 15, 2010
Environmentalists report that started clearing forests Khimki from Sheremetyevo. Leader Ekooborony Evgeny Chirikov, said in an interview with Radio Liberty that the trees were destroyed illegally and that the work was temporarily stopped due to the efforts of the assembled on-site logging community members.

July 19

Ecodefence in the forest trying to stop the cutting of trees

July 22

Environmentalists protecting the forest brought the petition to the Government. It is “adequate” replied .dopinfo – http://www.greenpeace.org/russia/ru/n … This is the video with by far most viewers, the rest of the videofiles have from 100 to 5000. This one in mid September more than 2.338.000. It is bad quality and not from the most conflictual action but clearly showing how the police are acting against the activists.

From the event reporter, and his eyes from the words of activists, advocates. Deforestation in the far section between Khimki and frontal to July 22 by the defenders stopped, a statement to the police to ask to examine the law and to require permits – has been sent. Technique with this site builders gradually exit. (Question: Where? Not to whether the opposite site of the same forest?)

Support solution to defense ecmo.ru site and on site Demokrator (issue 1403)! Gathering signatures for collective treatment August 1, 2010 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology. Draft treatment here: democrator.ru/problem/1403. As can be seen from the movie, are not only required the signature: provides results and more effective aid. However, the “longhorn” does not stand idle and also asked the police to protect them from the defenders of nature! See news from July 23 to say “Khimki forest. News text from this video: democrator.ru/news/280641.

July 23

Khimki woods July 23, 2010. The attack on environmentalists. Amateur video

Shooting made the morning of 23 July during the defeat of the tent camp ecologists who attempted to stop the illegal, from their point of view, the cutting of forests Khimki. SvobodaRadio

In Khimki forest is a clash of people in masks and anti-felling of trees. According to the defenders of the forest, the camp included about a hundred masked men with weapons in their hands. They detained several activists and severely beating a woman.

July 26

Moscow Region, Khimki forest, 26 July 2010. Defenders try to stop logging in the forest. Shooting Dmitry Zykov for www.grani-tv.ru

Greenpeace

July 28

RuNewsweek: The direct action against the Khimki town hall

July 29

Can a civilized way to resolve conflicts of local residents with the developer in Russia, when it comes to building roads of federal importance? His position in the “third sector” have expressed opposition parties in Khimki forest standing on opposite sides: the representative of the builder – Deputy Head of Federal Roads of Russia Yevgeny Nosov and party movement in the protection of forests Khimki Gennady Rodin. Also in the transfer involved the independent experts: Head of Institute of Transport and Roads Mikhail Blinkin and a specialist in environmental assessment, a lawyer Legal Centre “Rodnik” Catherine Khmeleva. Full version of this program, “third sector” in the air with Radio Liberty on July 31 at 18 o’clock in the program. SvobodaRadio

August 2

Liberal party Yabloko video from occupation in the forest stopped by the police..
August 2, 2010 Starbeevskoe field, Khimki
Riot police disperse a peaceful gathering of defenders Khimki forests. Video detentions Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin, an activist of the Left Front Constantine Kosyakin and others vanishing

August 4

http://grani-tv.ru/
Police steals leader of the social activists of the Khimki city, brave fighter against corruption Eugenia Chirikovа after her press conference in Moscow/ 4 aug 2010

August 22

kp.ru news starting with Gaskarov and Solopov solidarity banner and then the whole concert-meeting:

www.nevex.tv
Artem Troitsky, Yuri Shevchuk, the group “Bart, Evgeny Chirikov … Although no amplifiers, can hear everything. And seen.

Authorities allowed a rally-concert in support of Khimki forest, but was not allowed to sound. vedomosti

Meeting concert in support of Khimki forest

Saxophone & megaphone

Videomade with expensive equipment critizing the concert: pravdavideo | August 22, 2010
The much-touted “Solidarity” rally in defense of Khimki timber failed. Not helped, and Yuri Shevchuk, and who could not “warm up” the audience, Ecology. In which, despite the promotional efforts, on Sunday gathered only 800 people.

Longer unedited piece from Pushkin Square 22.9 with Chirikova and Shevchuk, The New Times:

August 26

President Medvedev has ordered the construction of a motorway through Khimki forest to be suspended. This comes after Russia’s ruling party publicly backed the campaign to save the forest. primetimeru

August 27

Public hearings to start on fate of Khimki forest

September 9

The revelatory film about Moscow mayor Luzhkov, shown on Friday evening by NTV, included the theme of the Khimki forest (Part 1: 5.40-7.40)

Interview with Yevgeniya Chirikova about the talk in the president’s reception office and her involvement in politics.

Support Russian activists September 17-20

Tord Björk | Action,Environmental movements,International action,police,Repression | Monday, September 13th, 2010

Spread the message!: Support Russian activists September 17-20

Alexei Gaskarov, imprisoned spokes person for Antifascists in Moscow

We call upon the whole European and World Social Forum movement and all concerned about the environment and stopping repression to support our friends in Russia. Take action on 17-20 September in solidarity with arrested, maltreated and oppressed activists. Follow the call made from Russia enclosed below and go and make protests at the Russian embassies or other places representing Russia. Among activists under threat are people that have been participating in the social forum movement and the European Social Forum in Istanbul 2010.

In a similar or even broader historical unification of movements as in the social forum process Russian civil society and political actors have worked together in defence of the Khimki forest and to stop political repression against protesters. Environmentalists, human rights activists, journalists fighting corruption, Anarchists and other antifascists, alter globalization movement, Liberal, Communist and Left wing parties have courageously been struggling in solidarity with each other in spite of different ideological positions and views on tactics.

This has resulted in a historical victory when president Medvedev decided to halt the construction of a high way through the forest. But at the same time the witch hunt against antifascist activists is continued. Solidarity with the activists is the only way to both stop repression and to save the Khimki forest more permanently. Please join the action called for by our Russian friends!

European Social Forum network Prague Spring II against Right Wing Extremism:
Matyas Benyik, Attac Hungary
Tord Björk, Friends of the Earth Sweden
Igor Gotlieb, Alternatives, Russia
Leo Gabriel, Suedwind (South Wind), Austria
Mirek Prokes, Czech Social Forum
Victor Shapinov, Institute New Democracy, Ukraine
Vera Zalca, Hungarian Social Forum Network

You find information and the call for action September 17-20 in many languages at www.khimkibattle.org.

A callout to the global justice and environmental movements to support the international day of action at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1919

Friends of the Earth Sweden August 27: The Khimki forest is saved – Now save the activists!
http://www.mjv.se/2010/statement-the-khimki-forest-is-saved-%E2%80%93-now-save-the-activists

Continiously updated information at two facebook groups/sites:
Freedom for Russian antifascists Alexei Gaskarov & Maxim Solopov!:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115#!/group.php?gid=123233894390151&ref=ts
Defence of the Khimki Forest:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115

A longer article with links on the subject: ”Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists” at http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

The Prague Spring II Network was established at a conference in Prague in March 2010. You find more information here:
The Alternative to the Right-Wing Extremism in the Time of Social and Ecological Crisis
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1543
And more contributions to the conference Prague and the activities of the network at ESF in Istanbul here:
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?s=prague

Maxim Solopov, imprisoned spokes person for Antifascists in Moscow

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