The initiative’s background and aim

With focus on the EU summit (ECOFIN) - involving EU’s Finance and Economics Ministers in Copenhagen (30-31 March 2012) - a broad initiative called “Change Now!” is established.

The aim of “Change Now!” is to put pressure on politicians with the clear message, that we need a transformation that meets the challenges of the present crises and divides its expenses justly.

The crises are not solved by continuing the current policy of reduction, but by kick-starting investments in education, environment and sustainable job creation. These messages will be executed through activities that seek to affect public opinion.

Thus “Change Now!” aims to create a broad popular pressure that helps the Danish Presidency to kick-start the economy and implement a different process for job creation with a green focus and an equal division of the crises’ burdens.

1. Alliances

At present the joined initiative consist of Byggefagenes Samvirke (trade union), LO Storkøbenhavn (trade union), Environmental and climate organizations (GNBO, Ecocouncil, DN etc.) and Network for Welfare and Democracy. Each player forms their own part of the campaign and mobilization, but stand together under the same umbrella organization “Change Now!”

Because of the initiatives broadness “Change Now!” only stands for the general messages concerning the injustice of the present division of the crises’ expenses and the need for a sustainable transition. This means that more concrete messages will be delivered by the single organizations involved in the initiative.

The initiative is open for other organizations and initiatives, that support the core message e.g. NGOs.

2. Activities

The initiative’s first activity is a conference on 28 March 2011 with the title ”Green growth with fair conditions”. The second activity is a manifestation on 29 March 2011 right before the EU Finance and Economics Ministers’ summit. An idea is to let each participating organization start out with their own manifestation in order to meet up with the remaining organizations as a much larger group.

All participating organisations mobilize and inform their own support base, but can find help from the initiatives’ secretariat (see below). In addition each organization can arrange additional activities in the period up to the summit.

3. Political basis

Europe stands in the mist of four crises: a general job crisis with growing unemployment, a youth crisis with exploding unemployment rates, an environmental crisis that undermines society more and more, and an economic crisis with roots in a deregulated finance sector.

Immediate action is needed to avert these crises. The expenses have so far been addressed to the wrong people as the accountable has been let off too easily. We can not accept that unemployment is rising all over Europe, that millions of Europeans witness the disappearance of their life foundation and that working conditions are under pressure, while we fail to solve the degradation of the environment (incl. climate change). We need a change – now – and by that a joint solution that creates a sustainable transition with green job opportunities, a fair chance to the youth and the prevention of a new financial crisis.

 A justly solution to the crises, must be a top priority when EU’s Finance and Economics Ministers meet. It is the only way to ensure that Europe does not break in pieces.

After many were left in frustration over COP15s Copenhagen Accord, the Mexican government managed to perfection to clear the path of negotiations and get rid of the most problematic discussions. Although today’s outcome is almost the same, internationally COP15 remains the failure and COP16 a success.

Reality is that the international community have once again to deal with all the difficult discussions put aside in Cancun. The faster it is done, the easier it will be to address the problems we are facing. For this to happen, the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Durban needs engagement from the Peoples'.

Danish grassroots organizations received US$1.5 million from the Danish government to create a Peoples’ Summit during COP15. Klimaforum09, as it was called, not only added to the seriousness of the climate debate, but also contributed as a logistic partner to the highly controlled COP15.

The Peoples’ Summit took place in the city centre. All 300 activities were free and 50,000 people walked through the open doors without any kind of restrictions. The diversity of narratives was overwhelming and amazed widely, but the simple fact that there existed a space where all people were listened to became the most important factor. If it had not been for the Peoples’ Summit, COP15 had been a total disaster.  

Compared to Copenhagen the unification of civil society organisations in Cancun was a different experience. NGOs and grassroots gathered not in one major space, but in four different locations. Unfortunately they were divided with no adequate infrastructure to sustain any serious and forward looking collaboration. Cancun really suffered from the fact that there was no Peoples’ Summit. There are two main reasons why:

Generally speaking the UN as an organisation lacks openness. Knowing that the UN was originally set up for the Peoples’ it is quite difficult to swallow today’s reality, where transnational companies in general have far better access to negotiations, than the everyday climate change affected person. Ideally the UN should engage fully in the creation of a Peoples' Summit and insist that the host country supports an open space that follows and soberly explains the process as it goes along.

Secondly the connections and cooperation that can be established between civil society organisations during a Peoples' Summit are of the uttermost importance. Climate change is based on hard science which then has a range of social science implications. Therefore it is necessary for both environment and social organisations to work together and join forces. If they manage to gather their strengths, there can be no doubt that it will be of great value to society as a whole.

The World’s strongest democracies also have a long tradition of an independent and collaborating civil society. When the World unites, in order to solve a global crisis, it should be done democratically and not under strong influence of businesses as today.

Solutions to the climate crisis need the involvement of every person on the planet. Therefore Durban needs a Peoples’ Summit that unites all concerned organisations. The UN process should be communicated to as wide an audience as possible. The fate of the planet as we know it is at stake, yet solutions to climate change already exist. Every person should know that they can do something to change the present destructive path.

Let us hope that people and the planet will be placed over the influence of companies in Durban’s COP17!

Written by HansHenrik Samuelsen.

Workshop at World Social Forum 2011 Dakar/Senegal

Description:

Peoples' protocol on climate change, Copenhagen, Cochabamba, Cancun ... and now?

We want to discuss the declarations of movements, networks and forums on climate justice and to highlight the common positions without ignoring the differences.

What does the analysis mean for cooperation and elaborating common strategies? Which role plays "Rio+20" in this connection? 

Working language is English, French and Spanish interpretation will be available.

Time/Place: 8th of February 2011, 12:30 - 15:30 Tour2 / (venue will be anounced soon) Dakar, Senegal

Our group: People's declarations on climate justice - past&future

 

Documents:

Further documents are welcome!

Organisers: Zukunftskonvent/ RLF / Climate JusticeNetworks

Contact at Klimaforum network: Malte Timpte > malte@klimaforum.org

 

COP15 : Protestors attempt to break through police  UN Climate Change Summit Enters Final Week

Recordings from Danish police radio communications show that a Danish police commander encouraged police officers to assault members of the press during the COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen outside of the conference center on the 16th of December 2009. 

The radio communication between the police was recorded and is now part of a Danish documentary about the COP15 protests which premieres today on Danish television station DR (http://www.dr.dk/pirattv/nyheder/). The film follows the two climate activists Stine and Tannie, who acted as spokespersons for Climate Collective and Climate Justice Action. Last month they were convicted of planning to disrupt the public order and violence against the police as part of these demonstrations.
 
Read about their case here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/25/copenhagen-climate-activists-found-guilty

According to the recordings (http://politiken.tv/nyheder/indland/ECE1143276/indsatsleder-i-hugger-bare-til-dem/, English translation here: http://www.climatecollective.org/post/165), the police were instructed to take control of one of the demonstrations’ vans on which people gave speeches and spread information to the protestors.

Beat up the press

The cops were repeatedly told to beat up the press:

“I know that  there are a lot of press in the front, but they are at the risk zone, it's their problem...”says the police commander

Later the message is even more clear.

“There are media between the cars – they will get the same fucking treatment”

Both The Danish Union of Journalists and Amnesty International are heavily criticizing the statements by the police.

The Danish Union of Journalists
Press Contact: http://www.journalistforbundet.dk/sw48335.asp
Amnesty International 
Press Contact In Denmark: http://www.amnesty.dk/side/pressekontakt


For further information, contact the Climate Collective’s press group:
Phone: (+45) 50 27 19 86
E-mail: media@climatecollective.org

COP 17

ESTRATEGIA PARA LA COP17 (english below)

La COP16 está siendo un fracaso: La CMNUCC no está escuchando la voz de la gente.

Nuevamente las personas del mundo queremos crear la Cumbre Climática de los Pueblos a celebrarse en la COP17 de Sudáfrica, para asegurarnos que la voz de las personas será escuchada. La organización para el próximo año empieza ahora. Queremos que seas parte y nos ayudes a lograr que sea possible.

Hora y lugar: próximo viernes 10 de diciembre a las 9:30 – 13:30 hrs. en las instalaciones del Klimaforum10 Cancún.

Para llegar: tomar un autobus a Puerto Morelos, bajarse en el puente vehicular. Enfrente del 7-eleven, que está a un costado de la gasolineria, tomar la camioneta del Klimaforum10 y listo. 

 

STRATEGY FOR COP17

Bringing The Peoples’ Proposals to COP17

COP16 is failing to deliver: the UNFCCC is not listening to the voice of the peoples.

We the peoples want to create a Peoples’ Climate Summit at COP17, South Africa to make sure that the peoples’ voices are finally heard. Planning for next year starts now. We want you to come and help make this happen.

Place and time: Klimaforum10, Cancun, Friday 10 December, 9.30 – 13.30.

To arrive: Take bus to Puerto Morelos. Mini bus departs from the 7-Eleven in Puerto Morelos every hour on the hour to Klimaforum10. 

 

HansHenrik Samuelsen from Klimaforum09 was interviewed at Klimaforum10 in Cancun/Mexico by HubCulture. Direct link to Klimaforum10:

www.klimaforum10.org

 

Mayan leaders of Mexico welcome Indigenous delegates to UNFCCC in Traditional Sunrise Ceremony at KlimaForum10

By Jason Pan

The indigenous peoples activities and parallel events for UNFCCC got started this weekend with a traditional Sunrise Ceremony by Mayan community leaders of Mexico earlier today (Nov. 27).

Conducting the traditional ritual in the Mayan language (with translation in Spanish and English), the ceremony involved indigenous delegates and NGO representatives from around Mexico, joined by people from many countries around the world, who are here in Cancun to participate at the UN Climate Change summit meeting.

The traditional ritual seek for blessing and spiritual guidance from Mother Earth and “Sukum Keem“, the name for the Sun God in Mayan language.  Organized by indigenous peoples groups and Klimafourm 10, the ceremony took place in a forest park campsite just outside of Cancun.

“We welcome the indigenous peoples from all corners of the world.  This UN meeting is taking place in our Maya homeland.  The World must hear our voice and our concerns at this meeting on Climate Change.  We want to protect our land, our forest, the air and the water”, said Gabriel Mazon, a Mayan leader from the Tulum community of the Yucatan Peninsula, representing the local indigenous CCDS CDI organization.

Mazon chanted Mayan prayers and blessed each of the participants with the burning of herb medicine, as they held hands together in forming a great circle to surround the sacred fire burning in the center.

Other Mayan spokespersons made reference to the ancient Mayan calendar, the long historic perspectives of his people and the cyclic nature of Time which brings about great changes, and the birth, destruction and re-birth of the world.

Also conducting the ceremony was Het’sua, a Mayan community leader from the Olmec state of Mexico.  He said, “The Mayan people are the knowledge-keeper of Time. We have recorded the movement of the sun, the moon, and the stars.  We understand the cyclic movement of the Universe, and our Earth is part of this Great Cycle.”

Het’sua also told the participants that he can feel the strong positive energy of the Universe resonating at the event, because the local Mayans are receiving indigenous brothers and sisters from throughout Mexico, while a number of indigenous delegates have come a long way from Latin America, North America, Asia, and other parts of the world to gather for the alternative Peoples Climate Summit activities.

It is appropriate for the indigenous Mayan communities to host the event, as the UNFCCC is taking place in Cancun of the Yucatan Peninsula, which belongs to the traditional homeland of the Mayan people.

Representing the indigenous peoples of South America were the Aymara elders of Bolivia, Mr. Gabino Apata Mamani and his wife.  They brought declaration and issue of concern on Climate Change from the Aymara people, and also the message of encouragement and support from Bolivian president Evo Morales.

Tom Goldtooth and his Indigenous Environmental Network represented the North American indigenous peoples at this event.   Following the Mayan ritual, Goldtooth also took part in the ceremony by performing his Dakota people’s tradition of offering of peace pipes and special prayer.

According to the indigenous delegates at the event, they are attending UNFCCC and also partaking in the parallel activities outside of the official venues, in order to make their presence felt at this UN Climate Change Summit Meet.

There are also organizing a number of side events, workshops, and press conferences to present their recommendations and advisory to negotiations inside the UNFCCC, as the indigenous communities are among the most severely affected by impacts of climate change, cutting down of the forest, and the effects of global warming.

 

Early January 2010 Klimaforum09 started to address various stakeholders connected to COP16 in Mexico. At the time Cancun, as a location for the upcoming summit, was only a rumour.

The idea was to let the positive reputation of Klimaforum09 spread as much as possible, in order for the UNFCCC to actively and further recognize the need for civil society in the COP-process. Given the important role Klimaforum09 played for UNFCCC in the last days of COP15, we contemplated that we would be heard. It was never the intention with this approach to direct Mexican civil society and claim that we knew how things were done properly - neither was suggesting a possible Klimaforum10 in Mexico.

Klimaforum09 only thought of the need for an open and free forum, where grassroots and civil society could come, discuss, connect and find relevant information.

In spring 2010 Klimaforum09 met with the Mexican Ambassador to Denmark, Martha Bárcena Coqui. At the time she had just returned from Mexico City after talks with the government. “I don’t understand NGOs. Their agenda is too far away from the political reality and I think they are all wasting our time” stated the Ambassador. Despite the attitude, links were established in the Mexican government and the experiences of Klimaforum09 founds it way to the implicated state departments.

A few months passed and Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba visited Copenhagen and asked Klimaforum09 directly for consultation. He wished to know more about civil society activities! At the time the Mexican government had come up with the idea of Villa Climatico as a government managed NGO initiative. It was obvious that Klimaforum09 had been the role model, but that the Mexican government had landed far off the idea. A discussion on how the Villa Climatico was controlled and financed started.

During the meeting De Alba stated that the Mexican initiative Klimaforum10 was too radical and that the government could not support such an idea; which then turned into a discussion of the importance of listening to one’s opponents. Diplomatically speaking, there is always something to be learned on the other side! Klimaforum09 believed that De Alba gained a new perspective on civil society after the meeting, as new connections within the Mexican government were established (eg. Director General Miguel Díaz Reynoso).

Throughout the year Klimaforum09 have received emails from people all over the world, who wishes to know what was going on in Cancun. We knew that several independent initiatives were in the making and that conflict existed between them, but couldn’t work out exactly what was happening “on the ground”. In October 2010 Klimaforum09 went to Mexico City to talk to the different initiatives. The Mexican government and Klimaforum10 were the only ones who were positive toward Klimaforum09s proposal to meet. ESMEX/Dialogo Climatico wrote that they had nothing to say besides the information on their web-site and La Via Campesina never answered the request.

The meeting with both the government and Klimaforum10 were most positive.

Three days after Klimaforum09 returned from Mexico the Mexican government decided to give Klimaforum10 US$120.000 (without any conditions), to execute their green plans (see klimaforum10.org). It is Klimaforum09s understanding that the Mexican government also wishes to provide financial aid to other civil society projects. Klimaforum09 have fully supported this approach, and have at the same time suggested that the different civil society initiatives were united with a joint programme.

After the visit to Mexico Klimaforum10 has asked Klimaforum09 for assistance to execute the idea of the open forum. Because of this request and the short time available (less than 3 weeks) Klimaforum09 has decided to send one person to assist Klimaforum10 from Copenhagen until the alternative summit begins, and have that same person join the initiative in Cancun when it all begins on the 26. Nov.

 

The US Government wants the climate-trashing World Bank to take control of the Global Climate Fund. The fund is a pot into which countries like the US and those in the European Union should deposit money to help developing countries tackle the impacts of climate change.

Who devises the fund, manages the money and decides how it is allocated is causing big arguments at this month's UN climate change negotiations in China.

The US wants to hand responsibility of this fund to the World Bank - which has invested more money in dirty coal this year than ever before.

The US must take responsibility for action on climate and drop its World Bank plans.

Join Friends of the Earth International and email Hillary Clinton and Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing today here.


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Nnimmo Bassey FoEi

 

“Leave the coal in the hole! Leave the oil in the soil! Leave the Tar Sands in the land!”

We all remember his inspirational speech that he gave at Klimaforum09.
Today it was announced, that Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth international, will receive the The Right Livelihood Award for his work:

Press release FoEi,  September 30th 2010:

'Alternative Nobel Prize' Awarded to FoEI Chair Nnimmo Bassey

STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN) / LAGOS (NIGERIA), September 30, 2010 – Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest federation of grassroots environmental organisations, is proud to announce that its chair, Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria [1], will be a recipient of the 2010 'Right Livelihood Award'. [2]

The Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' will be delivered in Stockholm on December 6.

The announcement that Nnimmo Bassey is one of the four 2010 Laureates was made today at a press conference at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.

Nnimmo Bassey, who is also Executive Director of Friends of the Earth Nigeria, was nominated “for revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally.”

Nnimmo Bassey, who is currently in Africa, said: "This award is a vindication of the just and resolute struggles for environmental justice by impacted communities globally. We want to see an end to the corporate crimes committed by oil giants like Shell in Nigeria and around the world.”

"Friends of the Earth and four Nigerian farmers recently filed a groundbreaking court case against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell in the Netherlands for its massive oil pollution in Nigeria and we look forward to the first hearing which will take place in the coming months,” he added.

Nnimmo Bassey is one of Africa’s leading advocates and campaigners for the environment and human rights. Bassey has tirelessly stood up against the practices of multinational corporations and the environmental devastation they leave behind, destroying the lives and trampling on the rights of local people.

NOTES TO EDITORS
[1] Nnimmo Bassey’s biography: http://www.foei.org/en/media/photos/nnimmo-bassey-photos/

[2] For more information about the 'Right Livelihood Award' please visit: http://www.rightlivelihood.org/

Nnimmo Bassey at Klimaforum09:

Klimaforum10 is a grassroots initiative from Mexico hosting civil society during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun.

Klimaforum10 is a space for all people, where they can gather, debate on constructive solutions, propose and find consensus towards coordinated international action in the face of the climate crisis. Where governments fail, the people shall prevail.

When: 26th November to 11th December 2010.

What Klimaforum10 provides:

Smaller and large spaces for daily updates UNFCCC, your registered, or last minute side events, discussions, trainings, roundtables, caucus /group meetings, strategy planning, and cultural activities.

  • Free Transportation back and forth UNFCCC, Climate Dialogue, Via Campesina)*
  • Main conference room for about 500 people.
  • 20 side event tents (50-60 people)
  • Space and services for expositions, media, volunteers, registration
  • Large screens and projectors
  • Audio equipment
  • Fast internet access and power outlets
  • Compost toilets and water
  • Meals at very reasonable prices, served in several locations
  • Medical assistance
  • Recycling stations
  • 24 hour security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

What Klimaforum10 provides:

Smaller and large spaces for daily updates UNFCCC, your registered, or last minute side events, discussions, trainings, roundtables, caucus /group meetings, strategy planning, and cultural activities.

  • Free Transportation back and forth UNFCCC, Climate Dialogue, Via Campesina)*
  • Main conference room for about 500 people.
  • 20 side event tents (50-60 people)
  • Space and services for expositions, media, volunteers, registration
  • Large screens and projectors
  • Audio equipment
  • Fast internet access and power outlets
  • Compost toilets and water
  • Meals at very reasonable prices, served in several locations
  • Medical assistance
  • Recycling stations
  • 24 hour security

CAMPING SPACE -  The Global Ecovillage:

At walking distance from the center of activities in a serene natural habitat, a place where people from all over the world will live and learn in sustainable co-existence during the course of the summit. More than 2,500 places to camp with compost toilets and showers. A minimum 4 day stay is required to make a reservation.

  • Price per day per person: 8 US dollars
  • Camping tents upon request
  • Compost toilets and showers
  • Temascales (Traditional sweat lodge)
  • Sacred Fire
  • Secure storage space, guarded by professional security company

Self organized event registration: click here to register your self organized activities.

We will process the requests in the order they are received. Our program is being processed and will be published soon.

Visas: If you need a special invitation letter for a visa application, please email us at: visas@klimaforum10.org  

Web: Klimaforum10.org

COP16    NEW LIFE CANCUN

During the UNFCCC COP15 in December 2009, the hospitality project NEW LIFE COPENHAGEN by wooloo.org was able to find free accommodations for over 3.000 climate activists from all over the world at Danish homes.

The climate circus is moving to Cancun / Mexcio this year, where the 16. conference of parties of the  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) will take place from November 29th to December 10th 2010.

For a those who are planning to go to Cancun and participate in the climate conference and all the activities around, NEW LIFE CANCUN could be an option to find free or affordable accommodation and to get in contact with local families and residents.

 The NEW LIFE CANCUN project is part of the participation initiative CARBONDING which is facilitating accommodations and promoting activities and events for the civil society in and around Cancun.

 

Links:

- NEW LIFE CANCUN > Be a Climate Host or Climate Guest

- NEW LIFE CANCUN on Facebook >Recent news from Cancun

- Friendly accommodation > Affordable accommodation

- Carbonding > Local events and activities / Local participation initative

 

NEW LIFE CANCUN  Friendly accommodation

 

                               

 

Danish only!

Græsrøddernes Netværk for Bæredygtig Omstilling er af Kulturanstalten på Vesterbro blevet bedt om at deltage aktivt i opbygningen af et lokalt videnscenter. Videnscentret vil være med til at styrke Vesterbro som bydel ved at koble kulturliv, miljøarbejde og aktiviteterne omkring bibliotekerne sammen.

”En af de første opgaver der skal tages fat på er at danne et overblik over kapaciteten,” siger Koordinator HansHenrik Samuelsen. ”Vi skal simpelthen vide, hvem der ønsker at bidrage og hvad de enkelte organisationer kan bidrage med.”

GNBO ser initiativer som en del af noget meget større. Ved at samle græsrødderne på tværs af vidensfelter vil de enkelte organisationer blive styrket, samtidig med at det vil være lettere for borgere at finde råd og vejledning indenfor en bred vifte af områder.

”GNBOs vidensfelt spænder allerede fra klimaproblematikken over kulturen til fagbevægelsen. Samtidig er vi landsdækkende og vi ser derfor gerne lignende initiativer andre steder. Jo flere videnscentre der kommer på benene desto tættere kommer borgeren på demokratiet. Demokrati handler jo netop om viden,” slutter HansHenrik Samuelsen.

Danish prosecutors have suffered a serious defeat in the wake of the COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen last December after a court has cleared an Australian and an American activist of planning violent demonstrations during the summit.

The Copenhagen Municipal Court judge found that prosecution evidence was not strong enough to warrant the accusations and set the two free to the general applause of some 30 supporters.

The charges against the two, a 27-year-old American man and a 34-year-old Australian woman, included planning several violent demonstrations against, among others, the Danish confederation of industries DI, Dansk Energi, Shell, Maersk and Forum.

The two, who have previously been in custody for three weeks, have consistently denied all charges.

According to the charges the two had planned their violent demonstrations but were prevented from carrying them out when police detained them in mid-December, before the COP15 summit reached its climax.

Australian Natacha Verco relieved after being cleared. - Foto: JENS DRESLING

 

 

[Danish only!]

Retten til at demonstrere blev gjort usikker gennem vilkårlig magtudøvelse da omkring 2000 mennesker blev frihedsberøvet under FN’s klimatopmøde i København 2009. Cirka 20 personer blev efterfølgende varetægtsfængslet, hvoraf 4 personer skal for retten i løbet af efteråret.

Det er problematisk at gøre enkeltindivider ansvarlige for en hel bevægelses kollektive beslutningsprocesser og kollektive protester.

Under COP15 samledes flere tusinde mennesker fra hele verden i København bl.a. i forbindelse med Klimaforum09, den alternative klimakonference, der blev afholdt under topmødet. Omkring 50.000 mennesker besøgte Klimaforum09 i disse dage. Og mangfoldigheden spændte bredt; fra Indfødte folk, bønder og fiskerfolk til samfundsaktivister og forskere, der alle var med til at inspirere og give vidnesbyrd. Vigtigst for Klimaforum09 forblev befolkninger fra det Globale Syd og deres fortællinger om, hvordan det er at leve under de negative konsekvenser af den globale opvarmning. 

De mange demonstrationer, der blev afholdt under topmødet blev anset som et vigtigt civilsamfundsinstrument til at protestere mod politikernes og regeringsoverhovedernes manglende evne til at handle efter situationens alvor. 

Dette bekræftedes desværre af klimatopmødets perspektivløse og deprimerende resultat, samt de indtil nu udsigtsløse forhandlinger op mod det næste klimatopmøde i Mexico – forløb, der netop peger mod, at en grundlæggende demokratisk og bred mobilisering af civilsamfundet er den nødvendige forudsætning for at kunne håbe på politiske forandringer. Det var netop dette, der fik de mange tusinde demonstranter til at samles i Københavns gader samt troen på at dette lands demokratiske traditioner beskyttede dem mod myndighedernes overgreb.

Grundloven garanterer netop vores demonstrations ret.

Derfor handler de kommede retssager ikke bare om at uskyldige personer måske bliver dømt, men om vores grundlæggende demokratiske ret til at demonstrere, protestere og organisere os politisk. Det er vigtigt, at vi ikke giver afkald på disse rettigheder, men fortsætter kampen for demokratiet og retfærdigheden - også på de klimamæssige og sociale områder.

 

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Danish Klimaforum has called for international protest in support of the app. 1.000 innocent demonstrators' demands for damages during the climate summit in Copenhagen 2009.

The way the police have worked still seems to astonish. From the ongoing trail it has emerged that the Danish Police established collaboration with several foreign police forces. Though non of the arrested COP15-demonstrators has been accused of anything, the Danish Minister for Justice has acknowledged that Danish Police passed on information on arrested COP15-demonstrators to police forces in other countries.

The Minister has explained that ”it was done to prevent future unrest”. At least one foreign police authority has contacted a demonstrator after his homecoming.

Many of the people that participated in Copenhagen’s COP15-activities came from countries without adequate legal rights and due process. The Danish Minister has now officially been asked to explain how many of the detained participants the Danish police passed information on and the countries involved.

The trail continues Monday 16 Aug.

Sign the Klimaforum protest here.

 

Klimaforum Denmark is contributing to an info stand organised by the Grassroots Network for Sustainable Transition Denmark (GNBO). GNBO is a new network that covers most of the organisations that stood behind the People's Climate Summit during COP15.

Aim of the info stand is to promote local grassroots organisations and to start a dialogue about solutions to the climate crisis with the festival participants. You can find our info stand at the Green Market at City Centre East at the camping area.

We try to involve people in different activities under the title "Klimavisoner - Climate Visions".

  • You are able to tell your “Climate Vision” to the cameras of KlimaTV and they will post it at ditklimatv.dk.
  • Mother earth is inviting you to chat about your contributions to improve her well being.
  • Play your part in the Game for Climate Justice, try to negotiate a just and sustainable climate agreement in three years and choose policies from the perspective of the countries from the global north or south. Can you deal with the peak-oil, fake experts and false technological solutions?
  • Get an overview about the diversity of grassroots organisations in Denmark who work for a just and sustainable transition. You think this challenge is worth to spend some time? Get in contact with the organisations and support their work!

KlimaTV and GNBO at Roskilde Festival 2010:

GNBO på Roskilde from Jais Hammerlund on Vimeo.

Sign the protest here

Police mass arrest of over 1.000 people during the climate summit in Copenhagen 2009 is unacceptable. The right to demonstrate is made uncertain through this arbitrary exercise of power. It implies that Denmark becomes a leader internationally in police repression of demonstrations.

250 of the arrested have now made claims against the police. The ongoing trial has shown that the arrested were all innocent. It has also been made clear that the police, even now, five months after the event, keep their plans secret for how it planned to act towards the demonstration. This makes the trial a democratic scandal of international importance. When the right to demonstrate is tried in court, it is clear that the police should explain their handling of the matter, and thus include the planning which led to the arrest of innocent protesters, so justice may be done.

We call for international protest in support of the innocent demonstrators' demands for damages.

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Klimaforum starts where Klimaforum09 ended. The purpose of Klimaforum is to pass on the knowledge accumulated in the organization of Klimaforum09 and to further the work of the People’s Declaration: System Change – Not Climate Change.

Klimaforum aims to

  • Bring forward Klimaforum09s experience to the Mexican grassroots and civil society movements and assist in (to the degree it is needed) creating a "Klimaforum10" in connection with COP16 in Mexico 2010.
  • Appeal to the United Nations regarding the need for, in connection with the COP-process, to support the organization of an open and free alternative, where all are welcome. 
  • Spread key messages from the People´s Declaration and contribute to a continued discussion and further development of the Declaration up to and during the COP16.

Important milestones are

  • World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia from April 19th to 22nd 2010. Social organizations, indigenous groups, networks, NGOs, political movements, scientists, government leaders, etc. will meet and discuss, analyze and define strategies that can lift us out of the climate crisis. The meeting in Bolivia is an obvious place to meet and mobilize. The conference also relates to the Declaration as one of the goals is to develop a "Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth."
  • La Vía Campesina invites all movements and organisations to start the preparation process for COP 16 and is hosting a meeting in Mexico City the 5th and 6th of May, 2010.
  • United Nations climate talks in Bonn from May 31st to June 11th 2010. Friends of the Earth Germany and Attac are joining forces to organise a climate forum "Klimaforum Bonn" on June 3rd and 4th with an action in the morning hours of the 5th.
  • European Social Forum, Istanbul, July 2010.
  • COP16 in Cancun, Mexico in November/December

A People’s Declaration from Klimaforum09

Declaration - English

Summary

There are solutions to the climate crisis. What people and the planet need is a just and sustain- able transition of our societies to a form that will ensure the rights of life and dignity of all peoples and deliver a more fertile planet and more fulfilling lives to future generations.

We, participating peoples, communities, and all or- ganizations at the Klimaforum09 in Copenhagen, call upon every person, organization, government, and institution, including the United Nations

(UN), to contribute to this necessary transition. It will be a challenging task. The crisis of today has economic, social, environmental, geopolitical, and ideological aspects interacting with and reinforc- ing each other as well as the climate crisis. For this reason, we call for urgent climate action:

  • A complete abandonment of fossil fuels within the next 30 years, which must include specific milestones for every 5-year period. We demand an immediate cut in GHG of indus- trialized countries of at least 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2020.
  • Recognition, payment and compensation of climate debt for the overconsumption of atmospheric space and adverse effects of climate change on all affected groups and people.
  • A rejection of purely market-oriented and technology-centred false and dangerous solu- tions such as nuclear energy, agro-fuels, carbon capture and storage, Clean Development Mech- anisms, biochar, genetically “climate-readied” crops, geo-engineering, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which deepens social and environmen- tal conflicts.
  • Real solutions to climate crisis based on safe, clean, renewable, and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as transitions to food, energy, land, and water sovereignty.

Therefore, we demand that COP15 reach an agree- ment that will initiate the restoration of the envi- ronmental, social, and economic balance of planet Earth by means that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable and equitable, and finally come up with a legally binding treaty.

The adverse impacts of human-induced climate change cause gross violations of human rights. All nations have an obligation to cooperate interna- tionally to ensure respect for human rights every- where in the world in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. Any specific agreement on climate change must be seen in the broader context of achieving a sustainable transition of our societies.

We, participating peoples and organisations at Klimaforum09, commit to continue our full and active engagement in promoting such a transition, which will require a fundamental change in social, political, and economic structures and a rectifi- cation of gender, class, race, generational, and ethnic inequalities and injustices.

This requires a restoration of the democratic sovereignty of our local communities and of their role as a basic social, political, and economic unit. Local and democratic ownership of, control over, and access to natural resources will be the basis for meaningful and sustainable development of communities and simultaneously for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There is also a need for stronger regional and international coopera- tive arrangements to manage common and shared resources, as well as for a stronger and democratic UN.

We call upon every concerned person, social movement, and cultural, political or economic organisation to join us in building a strong global movement of movements, which can bring for- ward peoples’ visions and demands at every level of society. Together, we can make global transi- tions to sustainable futures.