People’s Summit for Climate Justice

People’s Summit for Climate Justice


When: 07/11/2021 to 10/11/2021
Campaigns: Climate

While world leaders meet to discuss our future at COP26, we’ll be building power for system change together. Bringing together the climate justice movement to discuss, learn and strategise for system change. Join in online from anywhere in the world, or in-person in Glasgow.

Explore the programme

The People’s Summit is organised by the COP26 Coalition. Global Justice Now is particularly involved in organising the following sessions:

Rally: This global economy is killing us

How the climate crisis is a crisis of capitalism – and what we do about it

6.30pm-8pm, Monday 8 November. Glasgow Film Theatre

Climate change is being driven by the rules of corporate dominated global economy: global trade rules, financial institutions, and the debt system. This session will look at how these systems work and why we can’t hope to deal with climate change without a transformation of our economy. Our speakers will outline what an international economy which meets the needs of people and the planet looks like, how and why we can win.


  • Lumumba Di-Aping, former Climate Chief Negotiator for G77 and China
  • Pablo Solon, Former Climate Chief Negotiator for Bolivia
  • Magda Ferre, Transform Europe
  • Christophe Aguiton, ATTAC France
  • Ivonne Yanez, Accion Ecologica, Ecuador
  • Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
  • Lidy Nacpil, Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development
  • Joshua Mata, Alliance of Progressive Labour, Philippines
  • John McDonnell, Labour MP, former shadow chancellor
  • Dorothy Guerrero, Global Justice Now

Corporate courts = climate chaos

11.45am-1.15pm, Sunday 7 November. ONLINE EVENT

‘Corporate courts’ (also called ISDS) are a legal mechanism in trade deals that can block climate action and exacerbate global injustice. The session will hear from an activist and a government representative (tbc) in the global south who are fighting back against corporate courts and their destructive impacts on our planet, communities and democracy.


    • Arieska Kurniawaty, Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia
    • Dr Kyla Tienhaara, Queens University, Canada
    • Jean Blaylock, Global Justice Now, UK
    • South African speaker tbc

People and Nature vs The UNFCCC

A people’s tribunal on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

9.30am-1.15pm, Sunday 7 November. Glasgow Film Theatre

At current global average heating at 1.2°C, we are already seeing various climate-induced catastrophes that are producing adverse impacts, not just on the environment, but also people’s health and livelihoods. This event will simulate a court trial to put the UNFCCC and the governments that are parties to the negotiation for the agreements, targets, mechanisms and false solutions that are failing to stop climate change which are affecting humanity now and the economy and compromising the lives of future generations.


  • Lumumba Di-Aping, former Chief Climate Negotiator for G77 and China
  • Pablo Solon, former Chief Negotiator for Bolivia/ Fundacion Solon
  • Marga Ferre, Transform Europe
  • Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South
  • Nick Buxton, Transnational Institute
  • Patrick Bond, University of Johannesburg
  • Siti Maimunah, Jatam Indonesia
  • Mithika Mwenda, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance
  • Samantha Hargreaves, Womin African Alliance
  • Adrian Lahoud, Royal College of Art, UK
  • Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Fridays for Future, Philippines
  • Dorothy Guerrero, Global Justice Now

Reparations, Debt and Climate Justice

4.15pm-5.45pm, Sunday 7 November. Centre for Contemporary Arts

In part one, international experts and campaigners will share their critiques of how the global debt system prevents climate action and why debt cancellation and climate debt repayments are needed to achieve climate justice. Part two will consist of a panel discussion by activists from Fridays for Future Most Affected People and Areas (FFF MAPA), hosted by FFF MAPA and the Transnational Accountability & Justice Initiative, and will, in emphasising the relationship between the violent colonial pursuits of the Global North and the climate crisis, contextualize climate reparations and confront the way that the Global North routinely uses climate reparations as a form of business and a means to gain profit.

Speakers include:

  • Ivonne Yanez, Accion Ecologica, Ecuador
  • Patrick Bond, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development
  • Eva Betavatzi, Campaign Against the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt
  • Activists from Fridays for Future MAPA