COP21 – Vandaag en morgen wereldwijd 2.300 klimaatmarsen

28 november 2015 Ondanks dat enkele marsen afgelast moesten worden wegens terreurrisico’s (Parijs, België) gaan vandaag en morgen honderduizenden in dorpen en steden de straat op om druk uit te oefenen op de onderhandelaars van de klimaatconferentie in Parijs.

Uit een bericht van de Global Climate March
‘(…) This year hundreds of thousands of us — faith groups, trade unions, indigenous groups, women’s and youth organisations, environmental groups, farmers and peasants, community organisations, as well as families and all concerned citizens — are building an unprecedented global mobilisation to demand climate justice. (…)
On November 28th and 29th, people around the world will join the Global Climate March to set out their demands on climate the weekend before the Paris summit begins. This weekend of action will kickstart two weeks of actions spanning the duration of the summit, which will culminate in a mass mobilisation in Paris on December 12. This final moment will show world leaders that people will continue to fight for climate bigger, broader and bolder climate action in 2016 and beyond.

Regardless of what the politicians decide in Paris, this year we, the people, are driving the urgency for action everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of us will take to the streets, united for ambitious and real action against climate change. United for a just transition away from fossil fuels and the destruction that they cause. United for fair and people led economic transition based on 100% renewable energy, and on community-led solutions that benefit people and planet alike. United to demand justice and human rights for those most impacted and least responsible for causing climate change, and united for a world where everyone has access to good food, pure water, clean air, and a healthy and dignified life. (…)’

Uit een bericht van 350.org
‘(…) The weekend before the opening of the climate summit in Paris, hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets in over 2,000 events spread across 150 countries to demand that negotiating parties keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

“While 2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, this weekend will be a further testament to the unprecedented surge in climate action we’ve seen in the last year and serves to pave the way for further escalation going into 2016. People everywhere are ready for the end of fossil fuels and the dawn of renewables,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for 350.org.

There will be huge marches, concerts, rallies, workshops, bike rides and film screenings spanning all continents. Highlighted events include:

  • Australians will be among the earliest marches across the world, with many thousands gathering in capital cities across the country including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth, as well as Melbourne and Sydney. The marches will be colourful, family friendly events, and will be attended by a diverse range of Australians, including firefighters, faith communities, unions and workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Pacific Islanders, farmers, health professionals, business people, artists and musicians.
  • Across The Philippines, over 20 events, marches, and rallies are planned. In Manila, 20,000 people are expected to converge in Quezon City as part of a broad march with groups representing climate-impacted communities, faith organization, youth, labor, anti-coal and renewable energy.
  • In a remote corner of northern Tanzania, more than 1,000 Maasai will march for a global deal on renewable energy through the town of Loliondo, on the edge of the Serengeti National Park, where they’ve faced government land grabs and extreme droughts, severely impacting their livestock.
  • Students are coming together in more than 60 distributed events across China including round table discussions, bike rides and screenings.
  • A number of events will be taking place across the Pacific Islands. Climate marches are planned in Fiji, the Marshall Island and Kiribati, while in Papua New Guinea islanders will mobilise to send an urgent message to world leaders to transition to renewable energy to save their homes and humanity.
  • In Hong KongTaipei and Seoul hundreds are taking to the streets to demand a just transition to 100% renewable energy. In Vietnam a big climate music festival is planned, bringing together more than 1500 youth. In Japan, the marches in Kyoto and Tokyo will feature a mass photo action where people will form one collective image.
  • Across the United States, marches will take place across the country — from Los Angeles to Austin, to Washington, DC up to New York City, thousands will gather in creative, art-filled actions in the name of climate justice.
  • Events are planned in Egypt’s two largest cities (Cairo and Alexandria) where thousands will be running to raise awareness on climate impacts and call for urgent climate action.
  • The divestment movement will be out in force worldwide, joining marches in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Melbourne, Wellington and more!
  • More than 5,000 cyclists will be taking over the center of Mexico City  with marches also planned in Bogota, Colombia, Sâo Paulo, Brazil and Bolivia.
  • In Kampala, Uganda a huge march is planned to go through the city. The Pope is visiting Africa this week and in Kenya he will receive a letter asking the Vatican to divest emphasising the moral call to divest from fossil fuels and make a just transition towards a world powered by 100% renewable energy.

In Paris, where the government has prohibited the climate march from taking place due to security concerns in light of recent attacks in the city, people will join hands to form a human chain will now take place from Place de la République to Place de la Nation with participants carrying the placards, signs and artistic visuals initially developed for the march.

“While we’re restricted in Paris, we’ll make sure that our governments hear our call for climate justice loud and clear from all corners of the world,” added Baraka. (…)’

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Global Climate March: Join the movement for climate justice
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Foto: Melbourne, Australië 27 november 2015. Foto 350.org

 

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