Copenhagen Climate Activities Updated

Tord Björk | | Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Climate activities towards, during and beyond the Copenhagen Summit

The coming Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 have generated a wide interest. Tens of thousands of activists, conference delegates and lobbyists will converge in the city for the 15th Conference of the Parties, COP 15, in the UN negotiations on a climate agreement.

There is a wide range of initiatives calling for everything from direct actions world-wide and in Copenhagen, to demonstrations and alternative  conferences during the summit, media events and lobbying. Many of the initiatives have similar names and at the same time a very different character.

Apart from the initiatives below claiming to get people in common involved there are also numerous G8 meetings, business and other initiatives influencing the negotiations.

Popular actions in relation to the Climate Summit:


28      Demonstration at WTO Summit in Geneva

30      International protests and climate actions against
free-market trade, Seattle +10


4        The Trade to Climate Caravan starts from Geneva to Copenhagen

5        Global Climate Action Day demonstrations in many countries were many activists will go to Copenhagen and demonstrate on the Global Climate Action Day December 12.

A map showing the different places for activities you find at:

5        Climate Bottom meeting “Windows of Hope” starts

6        Ride Planet Earth: cyclists across the planet take action against dangerous climate change.

7        Climate Forum 09 and COP15 start

11      Protest against business day in Copenhagen

12      Flood Action Copenhagen, FOE, VC

12      Demonstration in Copenhagen on Global Climate Action Day

13      Hit the production direct actions

13      Farmer’s action, VC

14      Actions on finance, ecological debt, borders,

15      Agriculture day,  VC, A SEED, CJA and others

16      Reclaim Power at summit centre,  CJA, CJN

17      Mass meeting with ALBA heads of states, Danish-Cuban Association

18      Final Climate Forum, Climate Bottom and COP15 day

19      Possible extension of Climate Forum and COP15

Organizations and networks who have initiated the activities in Copenhagen:

Climate Forum 09
Alternative summit for civil society organisations with the aim to produce a joint statement and provide space for numerous discussions on climate justice with strong participation from the South.

Climate Bottom meeting “Windows of Hope” 5-18 December This conference will present a number of practical sustainable cities and eco-village initiatives around the world, showing different solutions to overcome the world’s ecological, social, spiritual and economic challenges.  There will be a variety of lectures, workshops, dance, and music. The conference will primarily take place at Christiania, at The Meadow of Peace (Fredens Eng) and The Factory (Fabrikken) with the cinema The City of Lights (Byens lys). Additionally we will have smaller workshops and exhibitions at the Main City Square by City Hall (Rådhuspladsen), and at the Klimaforum (the largest NGO-meeting).

Climate Caravan
The Trade to Climate Caravan starts from Geneva to Copenhagen

CJA, Climate Justice Action
Network for organizing action demanding climate justice and no to false solutions

Climate Justice Fast

CJN!  Climate Justice Now!
”A network of organisations and movements from across the globe committed to the fight for genuine solutions to the climate crisis … for social, ecological and gender justice.” Built on principles of climate justice, which were elaborated during the UNFCCC climate talks in Bali 2007:

Climate NOT Your Business Initiative December 11

FOEI  Friends of the Earth International
International social movement organization with one member group in each country, Copenhagen page:

GCC,  Global Climate Campaign
The political initiative behind the global climate action day each year

The demonstration in Copenhagen: with a broad range of internatioal supporters:

Hit the Production action December 13

NTAC,  Never Trust a COP
Anti-capitalist activist network

VC, Via Campesina
International peasant organisation active in the Trade to Climate caravan and actions in Copenhagen:

Other networks and organizations initiating activities towards Copenhagen and beyond, a limited list of initiatives.


Activist networks

The Climate Collective
A broad network of people and groups working to prevent catastrophic climate change with an anti-capitalist stance in the climate debate, supporting real solutions to climate change and taking radical action now to confront the underlying causes of climate change.

A network of activists in the streets and in the debate that brings the action beyond empty words and false promises. Grassroots style, we set a new agenda where people are placed before money.

Shut it down
A non-violent civil disobedience mass action to shut a coal power plant down.

Climate Forum 09, 27 Danish organizations:

Danish-Cuban Association
A friendship organization that has initiated a mass meeting in the Valby Hall at 16.00 December 17 with Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez and other ALBA presidents under the slogan ALBA – a solidarity and sustainable alternative

Peoples Climate Action

Danish main stream NGO project, WWF etc. ”Peoples Climate Action will develop a new model for how citizens are involved and engaged in the common global challenge: to create a sustainable world, where politicians, scientists, energy and climate experts and manufacturers give people new products and options, and where people give politicians , researchers, energy and climate experts and producers backing to create a better world”. The purpose is to ”Create space and good environment for effective and engaging mobilization of civil society in the democratic process before and during COP15.” and ”To assist in Denmark appearing to be an open, democratic and hospitable country, giving the whole world of positive possibilities for civil society inclusion, expression and participation in democratic decision-making center.” translated from the Danish text on the website.

International Day of Climate Action in more than 100 countries October 24 to support reduction of the amount of carbon in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.

Action for Solidarity, Equality, Ecology and Development

Carbon Trade Watch
By centring its work on bottom-up community-led projects and campaigns, Carbon Trade Watch aims to provide a durable body of research which ensures that a holistic and justice-based analysis of climate change and climate policy is not forgotten or compromised.

CAN  Climate Action Network
Climate lobbyist network of over 450 NGOs working ”to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues.”

CEO, Corporate Europe Observatory
A research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making. CEO’s campaign on climate and energy challenges the corporate capture of decision-making on climate policies both at the EU and UN level.

Climate Camp movement
Direct climate action camps in Russia, India, Australia, UK and the rest of Europe and North America

Climate Indymedia

Durban Group for Climate Justice
An international network of independent organisations, individuals and people’s movements who reject the free market approach to climate change.

ESF, European Social Forum
European Preparatory Assembly and network of climate movements statements:

GCCA, The Global Campaign for Climate Action
Main stream NGO coalition organizing TckTckTck campaign ”a global movement for a unified voice against climate change. The combined efforts of millions of people, including you, and our member organizations will deliver a clear message that we demand meaningful leadership and action against climate change.”
The same campaign is also called The Global Alliance for Climate Justice, see below.

GJEP, Global Justice Ecology Project
Organisation based in the US that has initiated New Voices on Climate Change, a tour this fall in North America featuring speakers representing
communities of people being impacted by climate change, fossil fuels,
or false solutions to climate change:

Greenpeace Copenhagen campaign

“Hopenhagen is a movement generated by the International Advertising Association representing the global advertising industry in support of the United Nations.” The mission is “To create a grassroots movement that’s powerful enough to influence change.” Among the goals of a petition is: “– Support developing countries’ adaptation efforts and secure climate justice for all.” Among the sponsors Coca Cola, BMW etc.

MCJ, Mobilization for Climate Justice, US Climate activist network

OWINFS, Our World Is Not For Sale
The “Our World is not for Sale” (OWINFS) network is a loose grouping of organizations, activists and social movements worldwide fighting the current model of corporate globalization embodied in global trading system.

PACC, People’s Action on Climate Change
Part of People’s Movement on Climate Change. Organizes actions Sep 28 – Oct 3 at the UNFCCC-COP intersessional meeting in Bangkok:

PMCC, People’s Movement on Climate Change
The People’s Protocol on Climate Change is a global campaign that aims to provide venue for grassroots, especially from the South to participate in the COP15 process:

Ride Planet Earth Cycle Change Convoy
A bike action tour from Australia to Copenhagen which during the autumn will be crossing Europe arriving in Copenhagen in December. On 6th December 2009 cyclists across the planet will take to highways, streets and dirt tracks demonstrating the capacity and willingness of ordinary people to take action against dangerous climate change.

The Age of Stupid
Film on climate change and the need for action which will have its global premiere with more than 700 screenings in more than 40 countries on September 21/22.  The film describes the climate conflicts all over the world and claim consumerism and capitalism as root causes to global warming.

The Global Alliance for Climate Justice
”an open, democratic club of climate heroes founded by Mr. Kofi Annan. Become a Fan and join us in the fight for Climate Justice!!” Global social media campaign

World Social Forum
Climate Justice Assembly Declaration

Zero Carbon Caravan
14th August The caravan will start from Climate Camp Cymru, protesting against the Ffos y Fran Open Cast Coal Mine, and also demonstrating sustainable solutions, with workshops on sustainable living, all organised according to consensus based decision making. It will continue towards Copenhagen aiming a showing that ”it is perfectly possible to have a zero carbon lifestyle, and that it’s fun,  by getting to the talks without fossil fuels, visiting inspiring places like the Centre for Alternative Technology and holding zero carbon conferences, festivals and concerts on the way.”

English COP15 Post newspaper, subsidary of Copenhagen Post

UN Climate Change Conference COP 15
Offcial website:

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