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: November 28      Demonstration at WTO Summit in Geneva 30      International protests and climate actions against free-market trade, Seattle +10 December 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: http://tinyurl.com/yhevc5c 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. http://www.klimaforum09.org 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). http://dev.climatebottom.dk/en Climate Caravan The Trade to Climate Caravan starts from Geneva to Copenhagen www.climatecaravan.org CJA, Climate Justice Action Network for organizing action demanding climate justice and no to false solutions http://www.climate-justice-action.org Climate Justice Fast http://www.climatejusticefast.com 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: http://www.climate-justice-now.org Climate NOT Your Business Initiative December 11 http://notyourbusiness.hacklab.dk FOEI  Friends of the Earth International International social movement organization with one member group in each country http://www.foei.org, Copenhagen page: http://www.foei.org/en/what-we-do/un-climate-talks/global/2009/demand-climate-justice-in-copenhagen GCC,  Global Climate Campaign The political initiative behind the global climate action day each year http://www.globalclimatecampaign.org The demonstration in Copenhagen: http://www.12dec09.dk with a broad range of internatioal supporters: http://www.12dec09.dk/en/support.asp. Hit the Production action December 13 http://htp.noblogs.org/post/2009/10/14/htp_get_involved NTAC,  Never Trust a COP Anti-capitalist activist network http://nevertrustacop.org VC, Via Campesina International peasant organisation active in the Trade to Climate caravan and actions in Copenhagen: http://www.viacampesina.org/main_en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=783&Itemid=35 Other networks and organizations initiating activities towards Copenhagen and beyond, a limited list of initiatives. Danish: 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. www.climatecollective.org KlimaX 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. www.klimax2009.org Shut it down A non-violent civil disobedience mass action to shut a coal power plant down. www.shutitdown.dk Climate Forum 09, 27 Danish organizations: http://www.klimaforum09.org/The-people-and-networks-behind 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 http://www.alba-alternativ.com/ 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. http://www.peoplesclimateaction.dk/uk International: 350.org 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. http://www.350.org A SEED Action for Solidarity, Equality, Ecology and Development http://www.aseed.net 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. http://www.carbontradewatch.org 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.” http://www.climatenetwork.org 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. http://www.corporateeurope.org/climate-and-energy Climate Camp movement Direct climate action camps in Russia, India, Australia, UK and the rest of Europe and North America History: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/aug/10/climate-camp-kingsnorth-g20 http://climatecamp.org.uk/actions Climate Indymedia http://www.climateimc.org 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. http://www.carbontradewatch.org/durban ESF, European Social Forum European Preparatory Assembly and network of climate movements statements: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=566 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.” http://tcktcktck.org The same campaign is also called The Global Alliance for Climate Justice, see below. http://gc-ca.org 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: http://www.globaljusticeecology.org/newvoices.php Greenpeace Copenhagen campaign http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change "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. http://www.hopenhagen.org MCJ, Mobilization for Climate Justice, US Climate activist network http://www.actforclimatejustice.org 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. http://www.ourworldisnotforsale.org 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: http://peoplesclimatemovement.net/content/view/67/2/ 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: http://peoplesclimatemovement.net 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. http://www.rideplanetearth.org 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. http://www.ageofstupid.net 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 http://www.timeforclimatejustice.org World Social Forum Climate Justice Assembly Declaration http://www.grassrootsonline.org/news/press-releases/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.” www.zerocarboncaravan.net English COP15 Post newspaper, subsidary of Copenhagen Post http://cop15post.com/ UN Climate Change Conference COP 15 Offcial website: http://en.cop15.dk To enable a critical overview Association Aktivism.info have made this compilation of commented and politically structured  information. Association Aktivism.info is a Nordic organisation to support experience exchange on activism and between popular movements started by a working group in Friends of the Earth Sweden. Send additions or corrections to tord.bjork@mjv.se  http://www.aktivism.info Follow the Climate justice actions, social forums and movement of movements on the blog http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney

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