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A number of the organisations or networks organising protests at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December have put out political programmes. You can attend their protests without agreeing, but in order to be part of the process you need to sign up. WCA hasn’t explicitly signed up to any of these, but we invite debate on them. What might a WCA programme look like?
Klimaforum09 – Political programme
The basis for Klimaforum09 is the realisation that there is no technological »fix« to the mounting climate crisis. No technology per se – such as i.e. nuclear power, biofuels, genetically modified organisms, carbon capture and storage – can lead us out of the climate crisis. Such solutions will typically lead to far larger problems than they solve. In contrast, sustainable societies require a diversity of locally based solutions – which again require significant mobilisation of civil society.
Klimaforum09 believes that what is needed is building a finely balanced relation to nature, thus reducing consumption and production, rather than uncritically exploiting nature and believing in economic growth as is the case in global society today. To attain such change we need new ways of thinking, new cultural values, and new means of organising society.
With this starting point, Klimaforum09 wishes to promote and debate true, renewable and environmentally sustainable solutions to the climatic changes we are facing. In other words, solutions that:
1. prioritise energy saving and energy effectiveness,
2. promote the use of safe, clean, renewable energy,
3. reduce greenhouse gas emissions and as such do not promote or cement the use of fossil fuels,
4. are built on agricultural methods that fix carbon in the soil and reduce the use of fertilisers and which do not create a threat towards ecosystems, the climate and biodiversity,
5. secure sustainable use of as well as equal and just access to Earth’s resources, and
6. remain critical to the blind focus on consumption which dominates the global society today.
Our wish is that the above will provide a positive platform for constructive debate and exchange of ideas. Klimaforum09 aims at constituting a cohesive framework for a multitude of conferences, workshops, exhibitions etc., to which citizens, grass roots and organisations from all over the world will contribute during the COP15 conference in Copenhagen.
Climate Justice Action – A Call to Climate Action
We stand at a crossroads. The facts are clear. Global climate change, caused by human activities, is happening, threatening the lives and livelihoods of billions of people and the existence of millions of species. Social movements, environmental groups, and scientists from all over the world are calling for urgent and radical action on climate change.
On the 30th of November, 2009 the governments of the world will come to Copenhagen for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place. Yet, previous meetings have produced nothing more than business as usual.
There are alternatives to the current course that is emphasizing false solutions such as market-based approaches and agrofuels. If we put humanity before profit and solidarity above competition we can live amazing lives without destroying our planet. We need to leave fossil fuels in the ground.
Instead we must invest in community-controlled renewable energy. We must stop over-production for over-consumption. All should have equal access to the global commons through community control and sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water. And of course we must acknowledge the historical
responsibility of the global elite and rich Global North for causing this crisis. Equity etween North and South is essential.
Climate change is already impacting people, particularly women, indigenous and orest-dependent peoples, small farmers, marginalized communities and mpoverished neighbourhoods who are also calling for action on climate – and social justice. This call was taken up by activists and organizations from 21 countries that came together in Copenhagen over the weekend of13-14 September, 2008 to begin discussions for a mobilization in Copenhagen during the UN’s 2009 climate conference.
The 30th of November, 2009 is also the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) shutdown in Seattle, which shows the power of globally coordinated social movements.
We call on all peoples around the planet to mobilize and take action against the root causes of climate change and the key agents responsible both in Copenhagen and around the world. This mobilization begins now, until the COP-15 summit, and beyond. The mobilizations in Copenhagen and around the world are still in the planning stages. We have time to collectively decide what these mobilizations will look like, and to begin to visualize what our future can be. Get involved!
We encourage everyone to start mobilizing today in your own neighbourhoods and communities. It is time to take the power back. The power is in our hands. Hope is not just a feeling, it is also about taking action.