From New York to Copenhagen, powerful companies are cashing in on the climate crisis, privatizing the air we breathe and handing over rights to the atmosphere to the biggest polluters under a new system called carbon trading.
Carbon Trading is a fraudulent market approach to climate change many polluters prefer, because they expect to profit from it. But it is a false solution which intensifies social injustice, does not reduce emissions in a meaningful way, and acts as a dangerous distraction from the real climate solutions we urgently need, such as ending excessive consumption, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, re-localizing production and consumption, and protecting the rights of workers, displaced peoples, and others affected by the transition.
Proposed climate legislation – Waxman-Markey and Kerry-Boxer – would enshrine this false solution into our nation’s climate policy, which, according to climatologist Dr. James Hansen, would delay urgently needed climate policy for at least a decade. That’s a decade we just don’t have! This legislation was lobbied for by some of the worst polluters and corporate-friendly ‘environmental’ NGOs, like the members of the US Climate Action Partnership.
Hundreds of you signed the Climate Pledge of Resistance to defend the planet from catastrophic climate change, by engaging in acts of non-violent civil disobedience. We need you to turn out in New York City on November 30th to fulfill your pledge or make a new one.
November 30 (N30) is significant because it immediately precedes the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. It is also the ten-year anniversary of the protests that shut down of the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle, which demonstrated the incredible power of collective action.
Mobilization for Climate Justice (MCJ) is a broad coalition of organizations working for social, ecological, racial and economic justice. We will take mass action on climate change on November 30, 2009 in cities across the country!
As climate change threatens to turn our world upside down with water shortages, crop failures, sea level rise and ecosystem collapse, the world’s biggest companies and their friends in government and the NGO community continue to fight the transition to more just and sustainable ways of living. Join us in a carnival procession as we chase politicians, corporate environmentalists, and grim reapers, down Fifth Avenue and expose their true alliances!
When: November 30: 12 noon – 2:30 pm EST (take a long lunch. . . or the rest of the day off!)
Rally at Bank of America (16th and 5th Avenue near Union Square), followed by a colorful procession with a marching band (!) to the offices of US CAP member, corporate-friendly ‘enviro’ organization, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for a Speak Out with climatologist Dr. James Hansen, Carbon Tax Center environmental economist Charles Komanoff, Safe Water Movement co-founder Laura Sheinkopf and more!
Street theatrics and hijinks included!
The goal of our participation in the MCJ is to send a warning shot across the bows of corporate ‘greens’ who distort climate science on behalf of major polluters. As climate legislation gets redrafted next year, it is critical that these groups are challenged by a new more mobilized and informed environmental movement. We must make clear to them that we will not accept false solutions or inadequate targets, even after Copenhagen fails to result in a meaningful agreement. The new climate bill, which will be drafted for the next Congressional session (2010), must have science-based targets that give our planet and its species a fighting chance and don’t peg our survival on carbon markets, pie-in-the-sky techno-fixes, or ‘solutions’ that guarantee the long-term viability of oil, gas, or coal industries.
The MCJ proposes a range of solutions (including leaving hydrocarbons in the ground and more): http://www.actforclimatejustice.org/.Thanks for all your help and your dedication.
the MCJ Team in New York
Jason, Ella, Robert