COP21

The UN climate negotiations in Paris from November to early December 2015 show no sign of being less dominated by corporate interests than the last ones.

We believe that what is needed is system change, not climate change. This change will not be made by corporations or world leaders. Rather it will be made by us as a global movement of citizens

The road through Paris

We are going to Paris to strengthen the movement for climate justice. To build the solutions to stop climate change we need to fight for a world that isn’t defined by corporate interests.

Beyond Paris we need a global movement to stop climate change, challenge the corporate power which feeds it and build a just future for everyone.  Watch out for mobilisations, actions and events from Global Justice Now and other groups like us.

COP21: Tories recycle cash earmarked for overseas aid to pay for Paris climate deal

19 December 2015

The Agribiz Borg Tried To Assimilate Me At The COP 21 Climate Talks

10 December 2015

COP21 climate change summit reaches deal in Paris

13 December 2015

Seven flies in the ointment of the Paris climate deal euphoria


15 December 2015

They managed to seal a pact that sets a surprisingly ambitious target for limiting global warming, reflects the vast differences between countries in terms of their different historical and current responsibilities for causing climate change, and recognizes poorer countries’ need to eradicate poverty even as they embark on a more sustainable development path.

Unfortunately, however, the main text of the agreement is long on rhetoric and short on action. Here are seven takeaways from a closer parsing of the deal.

 

Amazing things have been happening at COP 21 despite the protest ban


11 December 2015

This morning the location and concept behind the much-talked about Red Lines action was announced.

A coalition of NGOs and activists in Paris have revealed the location of the ‘Red Lines’ action to take place on Saturday 12 December in Paris.

Attac, 350.org, Reclaim The Power, Global Justice Now, Confédération Paysanne, Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire, Climate Games and others are taking the message to the streets tomorrow at 12pm (that is 12.12.12). Defying a ban on public protests that has been implemented in France under the State of Emergency, campaigners are planning for a gathering of thousands.

On the publication of the latest draft text from COP21, climate justice campaigners warned that the core principles of the UN climate process were at risk of being undermined by rich countries. They noted on the latest text:

The agribiz Borg tried to assimilate me at the COP 21 climate talks

Have you seen Star Trek: First Contact? It’s the one where everyone’s favourite space-faring bald badass Jean-Luc Picard is fighting against the cybernetic Borg, who invade the Enterprise, and begin to assimilate its crew and modify the ship, planning to use it to attack and conquer Earth.

Three food companies with a climate footprint bigger than the Netherlands

7 December 2015

False solutions and real alternatives at the UN climate talks

It reminded me of a drawing I’d seen. It was a line drawing showing a young woman emerging from a London underground station right in to the middle of an English woodland. It felt very much like that arriving in the village of alternatives during the Paris climate talks this weekend.

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Seven flies in the ointment of the Paris climate deal euphoria


15 December 2015

They managed to seal a pact that sets a surprisingly ambitious target for limiting global warming, reflects the vast differences between countries in terms of their different historical and current responsibilities for causing climate change, and recognizes poorer countries’ need to eradicate poverty even as they embark on a more sustainable development path.

Unfortunately, however, the main text of the agreement is long on rhetoric and short on action. Here are seven takeaways from a closer parsing of the deal.

 

Amazing things have been happening at COP 21 despite the protest ban


11 December 2015

This morning the location and concept behind the much-talked about Red Lines action was announced.

The agribiz Borg tried to assimilate me at the COP 21 climate talks

Have you seen Star Trek: First Contact? It’s the one where everyone’s favourite space-faring bald badass Jean-Luc Picard is fighting against the cybernetic Borg, who invade the Enterprise, and begin to assimilate its crew and modify the ship, planning to use it to attack and conquer Earth.

False solutions and real alternatives at the UN climate talks

It reminded me of a drawing I’d seen. It was a line drawing showing a young woman emerging from a London underground station right in to the middle of an English woodland. It felt very much like that arriving in the village of alternatives during the Paris climate talks this weekend.

Things I have learnt since being at the Paris climate talks


03 December 2015

It’s big, it’s dizzying and it’s inside an enormous aircraft hangar. Everyone seems to run around in a constant frenzy, people are dressed up as polar bears and penguins and handing out bars of carbon-neutral chocolate and big fancy industry booths from many different sectors are loudly proclaiming themselves to be THE solution to the world’s problems.

Five things to look forward at the Paris COP

We’ve always argued that we need to look beyond the negotiations towards building a stronger grassroots movement against climate change. It is not the conference outcome that is important, it’s the chance to add to this movement and take part in some of the important and useful events organised over the two weeks in Paris. Below are a few of the things that we’re looking forward to.

Resources

Silent but Deadly - Estimating the real climate impact of agribusiness corporations

December 2015

The agribusiness industry presents itself as part of the solution to climate change. The major firms spend significant sums to promote the message that corporate, industrial agriculture is compatible with fighting climate change. But they are wrong. This report demonstrates that multinational agribusiness companies are part of the problem, not the solution, by revealing the true extent of their overall contribution to dangerous climate change. So far, most agribusiness companies have got away with underestimating their true impact because they only declare their direct emissions. Many emissions are not direct, but arise from the end use of their products or from their supply chains.

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Five reasons TTIP and CETA are terrible for the climate

December 2015

We can halt climate change, but only by changing the economic and political structures that bind us to a high carbon model. The enormous trade deals currently being negotiated, like TTIP and CETA, will further entrench this model and make it all but impossible to reverse. this briefing outlines the reasons why we have to stop TTIP and other similar trade deals if we are to successfully stop climate change.

"The Road Through Paris" climate justice newspaper

November 2015

We all want action on climate change, but what does that action mean? Will it be effective, will it be fair, and are the Paris climate talks going to deliver that action?

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A coalition of NGOs and activists in Paris have revealed the location of the ‘Red Lines’ action to take place on Saturday 12 December in Paris.

Attac, 350.org, Reclaim The Power, Global Justice Now, Confédération Paysanne, Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire, Climate Games and others are taking the message to the streets tomorrow at 12pm (that is 12.12.12). Defying a ban on public protests that has been implemented in France under the State of Emergency, campaigners are planning for a gathering of thousands.

On the publication of the latest draft text from COP21, climate justice campaigners warned that the core principles of the UN climate process were at risk of being undermined by rich countries. They noted on the latest text:

Research released today at the UN climate talks in Paris suggests that official emissions figures from agribusiness companies fall far short of reflecting the full climate impact of their operations. While agribusiness companies are at COP 21 in Paris portraying themselves as leaders in sustainability, the research shows that the model of industrial agriculture they are practicing is extremely carbon intensive and a serious challenge to dealing with the threat of climate change.