N30 Seattle – tenth anniversary Climate Justice Mobilisations

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Mobilisation for Climate Justice

Mobilization for Climate Justice
For immediate release
November 30, 2009

Global Day of Action on Climate Crisis on November 30

On November 30, major demonstrations, teach-ins and civil disobedience
actions will take place in nine cities around the U.S.—in Chicago, New
York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Burlington, VT, two cities in
Maine, and Washington DC, as well as several other countries—one week
before the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen open, and on the 10th
anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protest in Seattle
in 1999.  The Mobilization for Climate Justice, a broad and diverse
coalition of organizations working for social, environmental, economic
and racial justice is calling for urgent action on the global climate
crisis, based on equitable, democratic and science-based solutions.

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen, the people hit hardest by this
crisis and the least responsible for its cause—working class,
Indigenous and people of color communities around the world—have been
systematically excluded and are demanding a voice at the table.
Meanwhile, the world’s major corporations have been dominating
international and domestic climate policy - as they did in the
international trade policy arena. Carbon-trading and carbon offset
projects have already allowed these polluters to avoid cutting
emissions and expand their markets into poor countries, accelerating
corporate take-over of the world’s resources at the expense of local
and Indigenous communities.

"We cannot allow the world's largest corporate polluters to continue
robbing our children's future," stated Carla Perez of Movement
Generation Justice and Ecology Project, who will be marching with her
daughter in a parade of children and the Raging Grannies. “US
corporations have been holding real climate solutions hostage, while
burdening our communities with ongoing attacks on our health and
livelihoods.”

Well-known climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has said lawmakers
should abandon cap-and-trade initiatives altogether and implement a
simple carbon tax instead. He said during a speech at Columbia
University in May 2009, “It's time to take a stand on global warming.
I am not a politician; I am a scientist and a citizen. Politicians may
have to advocate for halfway measures if they choose. But it is our
responsibility to make sure our representatives feel the full force of
citizens who speak for what is right, not what is politically
expedient.”  Dr. Hansen wrote in his book Storms of My Grandchildren:
The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to
Save Humanity, "The picture has become clear. Our planet, with its
remarkable array of life, is in imminent danger of crashing… But we
should not give up on the democratic system—quite the contrary. We
must fight for the principle of equal justice. Civil resistance may be
our best hope."

Activists in around the U.S. are preparing for non-violent direct
action against major climate polluters and their financiers, and also
at the Chicago Climate Exchange, the first and largest carbon trading
institution in North America. In recent months, millions of people
around the world have been taking action to protect their communities
and the global climate. Shutting down coal power plants, blockading
oil refineries and marching on the streets of their cities, an
increasing number of people are speaking out against climate pollution
and calling for urgent action.

The U.S. is home to some of the world’s most egregious corporate
climate polluters such as Chevron, Exxon and American Electric Power,
along with their financiers, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and JP
Morgan Chase. The false solutions promoted by these corporations, like
“clean coal”, nuclear energy, bio-fuels and carbon markets will delay
urgent emissions reductions, threaten ecosystems and subsidize the
construction of more toxic industries in the backyards of the poor.

Specific Times and Locations:

• 11 a.m. CST Chicago: Rally at Federal Plaza, marches to the Chicago
Climate Exchange, the first and largest carbon trading institution in
North America

• 8:00 a.m. EST Washington DC: March from US Chamber of Commerce (H
St. NW & Connecticut St. NW) to other corporate polluters and their
lobbyists.

• Nov. 29-Nov. 30 Boston: “Sleepout” on Boston Commons in front of
the State House, followed by morning lobbying and 12 noon rally at
City Hall Plaza, followed by march to offices of Sen. John Kerry

• 12 noon EST New York: Rally at Bank of America (16th and 5th Ave.
nr Union Sq.); colorful procession with marching band to offices of US
CAP member Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for Speak Out with
climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and others. Street theatric to
follow.

• Maine: Rally in downtown Portland; rally and march in Bangor
• 12 noon PST Seattle, Washington: Climate! Justice! Assembly,
Westlake Park, 401 Pine
• 3 pm EST Burlington, VT: Davis Student Center at UVM rally,
followed by a march to the federal building.
• 11:30 am PST San Francisco: Justin Herman Plaza rally, followed by
12 noon march to Bank of America, 345 Montgomery St. where non-violent
civil disobedience will take place

The Mobilization for Climate Justice is calling for
• Drastic emissions reductions guided by science, without carbon
trading, offsetting or other corporate-driven false solutions like
nuclear power”, biofuels, clean coal” and incinerators.

• Protection for the rights of those most impacted by polluting
industries, climate change impacts and the transition to a clean
energy economy.

• Re-localization of production and consumption, favoring local
markets, cooperative economies and community-controlled, renewable
energy systems.

• Rights-based resource conservation that enforces Indigenous land
rights and ends corporate control over energy, forests, seeds, land
and water.

• An end to forest and biodiversity destruction, and international
sanctions and tariffs supported by Indigenous peoples, peasants,
fisher-folk and other frontline communities.

more info: www.actforclimatejustice.org


Contacts:
Kim Marks, Mobilization for Climate Justice, Rising Tide North America
+1-503-539-7471

Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, Mobilization for
Climate Justice +1-802-578-0477 (will be on site in Copenhagen Dec. 3
to Dec. 20)

Ananda Tan, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA),
Mobilization for Climate Justice +1-415-374-0615
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