Archive for February, 2009

Copenhagen: A Call to Action

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

We stand at a crossroads. The facts are clear. Global climate change, caused by human activities, is happening, threatening the lives of millions of species. Social movements, environmental groups, and scientists from all over the world are calling for urgent and radical action on climate change.

On the 30th of November, 2009 the governments of the world will come to Copenhagen for the 15th UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place. Yet, previous meetings have produced nothing more than business as usual.

There are alternatives to the current course that is emphasising false solutions such as market-based approaches and agrofuels. If we put humanity before profit and solidarity above competition we can live amazing lives without destroying our planet. We need to leave fossil fuels in the ground. Instead we must invest in community-controlled renewable energy. We must stop over-production for over-consumption. All should have equal access to the global commons through community control and sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water. And of course we must acknowledge the historical responsibility of the global elite and rich Global North for causing this crisis. Equity between North and South is essential.

Climate change is already impacting people, particularly women, indigenous and forest-dependent peoples, small farmers, marginalised communities and impoverished neighbourhoods who are also calling for action on climate and social justice. This call was taken up by activists and organisations from 21 countries that came together in Copenhagen over the weekend of 13-14 September, 2008 to begin discussions for a mobilisation in Copenhagen during the UN’s 2009 climate conference. The 30th of November, 2009 is also the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) shutdown in Seattle, which shows the power of globally coordinated social movements.

We call on all peoples around the planet to mobilise and take action against the root causes of climate change and the key agents responsible both in Copenhagen and around the world. This mobilisation begins now, until the COP-15 summit, and beyond. The mobilisations in Copenhagen and around the world are still in the planning stages. We have time to collectively decide what these mobilisations will look like, and begin to visualise what our future can be. Get involved!

We encourage everyone to start mobilising today in your own neighbourhoods and communities. It is time to take the power back. The power is in our hands. Hope is not just a feeling, it is also about taking action. To get involved in this ongoing and open process, sign up to the email list: international[at]