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Help Build the Movement for Climate Justice
The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia in April 2010 brought together social movements from all over the world to forge a powerful new movement for Climate Justice.
Heads of government will meet in Cancun November 29 to December 10 for talks about the climate crisis. At the same time people all over the world will take action against climate crimes like freeway building and to support the “People’s Agreement” created at Cochabamba. It's time for the people to lead – and to make the leaders follow!
Metro Vancouver area Council of Canadians chapters, the Canada/Bolivia Solidarity Committee and GatewaySucks.org, together with many friends and allies, have taken up the challenge in the Lower Mainland. Join with us to build a people’s movement for Climate Justice:
People’s Assembly on Climate Justice
Tuesday December 7, 2010 at 7 pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Rooms 1400-1410)
515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Mass Direct Action for Climate Justice
Saturday December 11, 2010 at 12 noon
Starting at Waterfront Skytrain Station (Howe Street / Convention Centre entrance)
Why Act Together Now?
The Cancun talks are an opportunity to build the global movement for Climate Justice. Our federal and provincial governments fund climate crimes and oppose a fair and effective global agreement to reverse climate destruction. That is why we are organizing this People’s Assembly and Mass Direct Action.
People’s Assembly on Climate Justice – Tuesday Dec. 7
This first Vancouver People’s Assembly on Climate Justice will begin a series of Assemblies to build a strong and effective Climate Justice movement in the Lower Mainland. We will advance real solutions while taking action against local megaprojects that increase greenhouse gas emissions. We will also be building the global movement for Climate Justice. This Assembly is part of a global day of action on December 7 called by Via Campesina.
A People’s Assembly is a space to develop a common vision of positive change and a plan of action for making it happen. It started with people’s assemblies on Climate Justice taking place on the streets outside the Copenhagen climate negotiations in 2009. These talks failed, but the assemblies sparked a movement that led to The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2010. For more information on People’s Assemblies see: www.canadians.org/assemblies
Mass Direct Action for Climate Justice – Saturday Dec. 11
We have all been sandbagged on climate change by the federal and provincial governments. Now is the time to turn the tables.
Building on the successful and fun 10/10/10 Dig in for Climate Justice – and using bags filled with South Fraser Freeway "pre-load" sand – we will demand climate justice with a surprise creative direct action.
Climate Justice is not a lifestyle issue, it's about the elites who are most responsible for climate change and the poor and marginalized who suffer the effects. It's about humanity fighting for survival against the forces clinging to the profits from the fossil fuel economy. It's about shifting all our resources to a low energy economy, like better public transit not freeways. It's about ending the culture of unlimited growth and destructive consumerism and learning to “live well” while respecting and preserving Mother Earth.