The 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11th. Leaders claim this will be a crucial conference, aimed at signing a ‘new international agreement on global warming.
It is tempting to ask: haven’t we heard all of this before? Some of the 15 organizations who signed The Peoples’ Test on Climate in 2015 think so. What is actually needed, they say, is “nothing less than a systemic transformation of our societies, our economies, and our world will suffice to solve the climate crisis and close the ever-increasing inequality gap.”
“All our struggles for justice around the world – for equality, the right to food, economic fairness, human rights, decent work, environmental protection and more – are interconnected and all are tied up in the struggle against runaway climate change. All of our organizations are already working to achieve different aspects of the desperately needed global transformation. As such, we will hold you and all governments accountable not only to the policy outcome in Paris, but also to your national and regional policies and to the actual needs of people and the planet.”
As part of their campaign they’ve issued a call for ”the largest mass civil disobedience climate justice action that we have ever seen in Europe.”
“We want to have the last word as the climate talks conclude,” 350.org states in its call-to-action for the last day of the summit, December 12. “And we’ll get it by speaking in the language of movements: by putting tens of thousands of people into the streets of Paris, and making sure business as usual cannot proceed as long as world governments fail to do what’s needed.”
Adding that they “see Paris as a beginning rather than an end – an opportunity to start connecting peoples’ demands for justice, equality, food, jobs, and rights, and strengthen the movement in a way that will force governments to listen and act in the interests of their people and not in the vested interests of elites. “
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