Mass action concept Reclaim Power! Pushing for Climate Justice
Posted by KM on July 15, 2009
A proposal to take over the COP negotiations in Copenhagen for one day
This is a proposal that is on the agenda for the July planning meeting of the Camp for Climate Action that will be in London 27 Aug – 2 Sept 2009. The meeting hasn’t happened yet so I don’t know it this proposal will be accepted, modified, or rejected, but I thought it was interesting enough to include here as an article. -Editor
by Chris Kitchen
At the start of the ministerial phase of the UN-climate negotiations we will take over the conference for one day and transform it into a people’s climate justice summit. The UNFCCC is failing to solve the climate crisis. We are no closer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions than we were when international negotiations began fifteen years ago: emissions continue to rise at alarming rates, while carbon trading allows climate criminals to pollute and profit. Together, we, thousands of people active in the emerging global movement for climate justice, are saying enough! No more business as usual, no more false solutions! Together, we will reclaim power and push for climate justice.
Our goal is not to shut down the entire summit. However: this day will be ours, we will speak for ourselves and decide what is, and what is not, on the agenda. In particular, the voices of those affected by climate change from the Global South will have a forum. Using the force of our collective body to achieve our goal, our Reclaim Power! march will push into the conference area and enter the building, disrupt the sessions and take over the podiums. To this end, we will overcome, move around, or flow through any physical barriers that stand in our way, we will also carry tools that will
help us overcome such barriers. We do not intend physical harm to anyone, and will not respond to any attempt by the police to escalate the situation. Our action is one of civil disobedience, open to people from all backgrounds, ages, and levels of experience.
We will meet at a common starting point, which will be legal and announced to the police and media – there will be a police liaison. From this starting point, we will march towards the conference centre and begin our push for climate justice. We are planning for multiple action scenarios, in order to be prepared for different kinds of responses from the police as well as changing situations. In order to facilitate action planning, and to be able to take quick decisions during our action, we will set up an action council drawn from the various groups and networks participating in the action.