Lots of ideas were discussed on a direction for the climate change movement were batted around at the World Social Forum in Dakar. Some good ideas, some not so hot, but whatever. The problem is time is running out. Got to get a move on. Interesting stuff in the article below from www.thestrategycenter.org
At WSF Dakar, Ambassador Solon, Bolivians outreach to build climate justice movement for COP17 Durban and Rio+20
An ambassador as organizer
- COP16 in Cancun was a serious defeat for Mother Earth; we must regroup.
- The stakes of the current climate negotiations are very high for the planet. Bolivia stood alone in opposing the accord that came out of Cancun because it would result in only 3% to 17% voluntary (vs. Kyoto's binding) global emissions reductions and, thus a rise in global temperatures of 4°C or more: a planetary catastrophe. Real reductions of 40-50% are needed to stop the planet from burning.
- Not only does the current "Cancun Accord" set the planet on a path toward catastrophe, but this new accord will be the template and foundation--they call it "synergy"--for all the other negotiating tracks of Rio +20 (climate, water, biodiversity, etc)
- The deeper negotiating agenda of capitalism and empire is to replace the "sustainable development" paradigm of the original 1992 Rio Earth Summit with the new "green capitalism" paradigm. (Solon talked about "environmental services" that nature provides! More on this in a separate blog re: bringing nature's invisible labor to the market).
- Our fight in the COPs' UNFCCC climate negotiation process must be part of a broader tactical plan for Rio+20.
- We stopped them at COP15 in Copenhagen and we can stop them at COP17 in Durban but only if the social movements and grassroots ngo's are united, and are building aunited front with governments of the Global South and all progressive forces and institutions of the world.
- There are new favorable conditions going into Durban. Carbon markets are failingand the climate financing promises that swayed many governments to switch sides from Copenhagen to Cancun are vanishing alongside predictions of capitalism rapid recovery. Even the UN is asking, where is the money? And with every day, more visceral and palpable effects of global warming are landing in people's lives.
- Our climate justice program should be unified on two demands. First, emissions reductions targets of at least 40% to stop the burning of the planet. Second, no reductions can be allowed through offset schemes (like REDD), market mechanisms (carbon trading, cap and trade) or any other false solution.
- What about an international Climate Justice Tribunal? In addition to street pressure (mobilizations, direct actions), we must add to our tactical arsenal a point of leverage on governments. What if governments knew that, by failing to reduce emissions adequately, they could be called to an international court to answer foreco-crimes, eco-cide, crimes against nature? There are estimates now that 350,000 are dying every year because of natural disasters due to climate change. Who will be held responsible?
Debating which demand should lead
From Cancun's fragmented "spaces" to unity in Durban
- Klimaforum (mostly European organizations)
- Espacio Mexicano ("EsMex") (larger Mexican networks, larger NGOs, Climate Justice NowInternational, Hemispheric Social Alliance)
- La Via Campesina & the Assembly of Climate Affected Communities in Mexico