Climate Justice

Naomi Klein: climate movement needs radicals like Mandela

The fight against climate change needs to be as radical as the battle to bring down apartheid, says Canadian author and journalist in this original article from RTCC by Sophie Yeo published 11 December 2013.

The climate change movement needs to be as radical as Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid, said Naomi Klein, speaking to an audience in London today.

Gathering at the Royal Society for a conference on how global carbon emissions can be reduced drastically and immediately, speakers including Naomi Klein, Kevin Anderson and Corinne le Quéré argued for a new wave of radical environmental action.

Kiribati and the coming climate refugee crisis

Kiribati under threat by rising seasKiribati under threat by rising seasThis article by Sandi Keane, originally published at Independent Australia on 29 November 2013, highlights a problem that will continue to grow in statue as sea levels rise, and as major extreme weather events such as flooding, droughts or storms cause people to flee to relative safety and seek asylum. Climate refugees or environmental refugees are a direct result of the lack of action on a global level of mitigating greenhouse gases to moderate climate change.

THIS WEEK, the High Court of New Zealand delivered a blow to a largely ignored asylum seeker problem that has been quietly bleeding and threatening to hemorrhage into a full-scale global catastrophe within two or three decades.

Climate imperils Peru's poverty drive

By Alex Kirby - Climate News Network. Peru's efforts to reduce poverty are at risk from the effects of climate change, one example of the problems facing the wider Amazonia region in a warming world.

Warsaw Climate Change negotiations failing warn Friends of the Earth

Climate Justice on the streets but not in COP19: Photo Courtesy Push Europe / Flickr.Climate Justice on the streets but not in COP19: Photo Courtesy Push Europe / Flickr.Reposted from San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia

Canadians rally to stop tar sands pipelines and defend a safe climate

Rally against pipelines and tankers in Vancouver: Photo: Mark Klotz / FlickrRally against pipelines and tankers in Vancouver: Photo: Mark Klotz / FlickrLast Saturday thousands of Canadians took to the streets marching and rallying for a safe climate, and against tar sands expansion and more pipelines.

From coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, people gathered in over 180 events. Many concentrated on opposing the Enbridge Pipelines and tar sands expansion, on fracking or the more general threat of climate change, and the anti-climate policies of the Harper Government.

The protests were co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many were organised at the local level on short notice as word spread of the national action. But the protests were also connected to the organising of climate protests in Australia that drew in excess of 60,000 people, with an estimated 30,000 people attending a rally in Melbourne against the climate denial policies of the new Australian Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

From Defend our Climate Blog: Charlottetown | First timers step up in Halifax | Oka is Defending our Climate | North Bay Ontario comes out strong | Ottawa: Bringing the wall of opposition to Harper’s doorstep | Ottawa: Canadians stand with the Philippines today | Solidarity in Winnipeg | Nunavut braves a blizzard to defend our climate | A pipeline through the heart of Toronto | Edmonton’s barrel blockade | Looks like the start of a prairie fire | Awareness builds along 2 new routes in Ontario and Quebec | Resistance in the Interior | Vancouver: National Day of Action Wraps on the West Coast

Warsaw Climate Justice march at COP19

Warsaw climate justice march: Photo: The Verb / Jade NevilleWarsaw climate justice march: Photo: The Verb / Jade NevilleTradition has it that at each UNFCCC summit, passionate environmentalists, young and old, congregate together on the middle Saturday of the conference and march towards the convention centre.

COP19: Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity

Banner gets 3 activists bannerd by UNFCCC for 5 years: Phtot: Adopt a Negotiator/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)Banner gets 3 activists bannerd by UNFCCC for 5 years: Phtot: Adopt a Negotiator/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)Justice is being demanded from the UNFCCC leadership to reverse its decision to take away the badges of 3 youth observers who were expressing their solidarity with the Filipino people suffering from the massive loss and destruction brought about by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Three youth observers were ejected by security from the conference and had their accreditation withdrawn on Monday for 5 years. They had expressed solidarity with a non-sanctioned banner and signs after Philippines negotiator, Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) left the main plenary after making his impassioned plea: "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway".

Read Clemance Hutin's account at Push Europe: Kicked out of UN climate talks for expressing solidarity with the Philippines. Maria Alejandra Escalante and Graham Thurston Hallett gives their side of the story: Expelled from the United Nations: How the Secretary reacts to solidarity with the Philippines.

Climate Space: Rethinking Strategies to Fight For Our Future

Open call to join the Climate Space at the World Social Forum in Tunisia, March 26-30, 2013

The 2013 World Social Forum will be held this March 26-30 in Tunisia, where only two years ago, a revolution began and resulted into a historic change that created a ripple effect on the region. Now, Tunisia is an inspiration to movements both old and new, across the globe.

Pacific cultures lay down a climate challenge: We are not drowning, we are fighting

Pacific Warriors Day of Action against Climate change March 2, 2013Pacific Warriors Day of Action against Climate change March 2, 2013Malo ni! My name is Mikaele Maiava. I'm writing from the Pacific Island archipelago of Tokelau to ask you to join with us in action as we take on the fossil fuel industry.

Last October, Tokelau turned off the last of its diesel generators. In their place, we switched on our solar plants, making Tokelau the first country in the world to become 100% renewably-powered. (See Tokelau installs 100 percent solar and ditches diesel power to combat climate change)

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