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April 21st, 2010 will Mark the fall of the Mainstream Environmental ‘Movement’

For many in the climate justice movement, the growing trend of cozy alliances between many of the mainstream ENGOs with multinational corporate partners has been a toxic recipe; the price of which may be nothing less than complete ecological devastation. The result of these unscrupulous relationships is undeserved legitimacy for transnational corporations, as compromised NGOs run hand in hand with CEOs and executives in a race to the lowest common denominator. The common denominator is money and the finish line is paved in gold – but at what cost? Species extinction is happening at a scale of epic proportions, droughts and storms are happening at unparalleled magnitude; irreversible climate change catastrophe now stares at us in the face. The most inconvenient truth of all – that today – we now stand on the cusp of epic collapse of civilization. Has Earth Day become nothing more than a day of greenwash opportunism and will it mark the fall of the mainstream environmental movement.

Creating Climate Wealth Summit

Invitation from the ‘Earth Day Network’:

“Please join Earth Day Network and the Carbon War Room on April 21, 2010 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building for a celebration on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Join Sir Richard Branson, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and celebrities. Join attendees from the Creating Climate Wealth Summit, our keynote speakers Richard Branson and Lisa Jackson, and enjoy a night conversing with other professionals that are making a difference in the climate change market! Held at the beautiful Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., this night will not only bring together those that are making a difference in the climate marketplace, but it will provide superb dining, excellent entertainment and a night of networking not to be missed! Seats are limited and will sell out; tickets will only be available in advance. Purchase before March 31, 2010 and receive a 10% discount! Ticket prices: $450 – Full Ticket, $295 – Non-profit and Academic, Please contact us regarding government rates. Leadership Celebration Dinner Guests include Richard Branson; Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group Denis Hayes Honorary Chair, Earth Day Network Organizer, Earth Day 1970 Lisa Perez Jackson Administrator, EPA.”

Executive board members of the ‘Carbon War Room’ include CEO of Virgin Unite and former CEO of Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile (partner of original Havas tcktcktck campaign), and George Polk; currently leading a new $1 billion initiative by George Soros to invest private equity in climate change business models.

Richard Branson is ubiquitous. His corporations Virgin and Virgin Atlantic are partners in ‘The Climate Group’ (comprised of corporations and government) and he has worked with tcktcktck in the past. In 2007, HSBC announced that The Climate Group, along with WWF, Earthwatch, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, would be a partner in the HSBC Climate Partnership, and donated US$100 million to the group – the largest-ever single corporate donation. As of December 2008, The Climate Group coalition includes more than 50 of the world’s largest corporations and sub-national governments, as well as several partner organizations. The Climate Group also works on other initiatives, one being that of the ‘Voluntary Carbon Standard’, a new global standard for voluntary offset projects.

‘Sir’ Richard Branson is presently working with the New Royal Society initiative on ‘solar radiation management’ with “the right stakeholders” to “create a strategic roadmap for governance and regulation” in the geoengineering “battle area.” As well, Branson is fervently developing “tourism ventures into space”. You can book your place in space on Richards “sexiest spaceship ever” at your earliest convenience, because, according to Richard, “Everybody should have the chance to experience space travel one day”. Branson also has massive investments in biofuel research including palm and soy – both of which have had devastating consequences.

Turning food and Displacement into Corporate Profits

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Two days before Orissa Day, the Government of India Celebrates with a Bloodbath

The Indigenous and other village people in one of the most exploited provinces of India – ORISSA, are protesting.  They are resisting a mammoth steel plant proposed by the TATA group, in the ‘Democratic’ state of Orissa, India.  Orissa  has responded with police, para-military and bullets, along with Tata company-goons.

Off the tata website:

At the Tata group we are committed to improving the quality of life of the communities we serve. We do this by striving for leadership and global competitiveness in the business sectors in which we operate. Our practice of returning to society what we earn evokes trust among consumers, employees, shareholders and the community. We are committed to protecting this heritage of leadership with trust through the manner in which we conduct our business.

Responsibility: We must continue to be responsible, sensitive to the countries, communities and environments in which we work, always ensuring that what comes from the people goes back to the people many times over.

Profits over People

From our sources;

On March 28, 2010 the ‘Bisthapan Birodhi Jan Manch’ leaders and villagers welcomed ‘Jajpur District Collector’ and had a discussion with him on the controversial ‘common corridor’, even though they were certain that the district administration had other motives. After talks with activists of ‘Bisthapan Birodhi Jan Manch’ and more than 300 villagers, the Collector assured them that there would be no construction activity for the ‘Common Corridor Road’ until the matter was resolved through dialogue. However – the administration has now gone back on its word. They commenced work on March 30th using media to provoke people. In today’s newspapers, March 31st, 2010, the SP has said ‘protestors will not be spared’ and the Collector is saying “construction of the road will happen at any cost.”

This left the ‘Bisthapan Birodhi Jan Manch’ no other alternative but to protest. Today, March 31st, 2010, 29 platoons of armed police with 60 officers and hundreds of BJD and Tata goons reached the place of dispute. They first denied media any entry, then they started attacking the peaceful protesters. Many have been injured including women and children as indiscriminate rubber bullet firing and lathi charge has taken place. They have entered the villages and unleashed a reign of terror. The villagers have tremendous patience and are still resisting peacefully. The area has become a war zone and more than a dozen people including women and children have been seriously injured.

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  These powerful words were penned in a prison cell in 1963, by one of the best-known advocates of equal rights – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Australian honours student ‘indignant’ over charges of organising violence and disorder at climate summit as trial opens.

Two environmental activists appeared in court today accused of terrorism-related offences during the Copenhagen climate summit in December.

Natasha Verco, an Australian honours student, and Noah Weiss, an American citizen who lives in Denmark, will face similar charges in a trial which is due to last all week.

Verco, who has organised non-violent direct action in her native country and who has been part of the Climate Justice Action (CJA) network in the lead-up to the summit in Copenhagen, has been charged with organising violence, organising public disorder, significant damage to property, and organising disorder during the international talks on climate change which took place in Copenhagen last year. If found guilty, Verco faces a maximum of twelve and a half years in prison.

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by Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan,

December 18, 2009 (updated 12/21)

The Copenhagen round of the UNFCCC 15th Conference of Parties has ended in failure  It is essential for the future of life on this planet that we achieve a global pact based on sound science and equity soon.  But given that the U.S. and its key allies were not willing to consider a fair and binding agreement, it is highly encouraging to see that social movements and many third world nations successfully united behind the slogan, “No deal is better than a catastrophic deal.”

Sadly, the US has been unwilling to put forth real solutions with the speed and scale needed. Instead, Hilary Clinton arrived on Thursday trying to extort an unfair deal by offering a vague package of $100 billion that would amount to a new climate colonialism. At the same time, a UNFCC analysis was leaked showing that the combined offerings of the US and other countries would amount to at least a 3 degree Celsius rise.  This would mean the eradication of whole island nations, dire drought for Africa, and massive displacement from increasing storms and flooding in South Asia.

The Obama Administration has offered cuts amounting to 4% from 1990 levels by 2020. To survive, the Island Nations, African Union, and other third world governments such as Bolivia joined with Indigenous People and others to call for industrialized nations to cut emissions by 49% from 1990 levels by 2020. They are demanding real solutions to the dire mitigation and adaptation issues they face.

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A crowd of 200 people gathered at Justin Herman Plaza at 11:30 AM to prepare for the days events. The Raging Grannies ( off the morning with four sassy songs, followed by climate scientist Payal Parekh and Richmond community leader, Dr. Henry Clark. The program ended with a theater piece about cultural and biodiversity loss as a consequence of climate disruption. The Brass Liberation Orchestra ( lead the march down Market street then turned right on Montgomery (a one-way street moving in the opposite direction). People in cars accepted flyers and onlookers we intrigued by the chanting mass, “System Change, Not Climate Change!” Shortly thereafter, we arrived at Bank of America. The parachute banner unfurled, signs were quickly posted, and both entrances to the bank were taken over. Read the rest of this entry »

This post was submitted by Hilary.

Happy N30 folks!

Today, November 30th, Charlottesville joined the actions taking place around the world to remind neighborhoods, businesses, policy makers, and each other that the climate justice mobilization is charged and building internationally. A couple of figures dropped a banner at around 6:30 AM, and it still hangs there as of this evening. C’Ville’s message was a simple invitation and hopefully far enough out of reach to remain posted a few stories above Main st. well into the day:

Capitalism is the Climate Crisis… Think About It

Who is participating?

This is not an ‘environmentalist’ hobby. A broad coalition of collectives and individuals are acting out Climate Justice, re-enforcing solidarity and coherence within social, ecological, racial and economic justice movements.

“We need to act together rather than believe the atomizing guilt-hype of ‘individual responsibility’. It is essential that we build strong communities in our fight for climate justice. Not only do strong communities aid in our efforts to build a sustainable, localized way of living, they are also essential for effectively resisting government and corporate plans to continue their domination of the Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

This post was submitted by CVille Imaginary Party.

LA Victory: Community stops power plant

LA Victory: Community stops power plant

A Victory For LA’s Air And A Victory for the Planet!
Communities for a Better Environment

Move over Al Gore, make room for some new environmental leaders – working class Latina mothers and high school youth from South East Los Angeles!

After 3 years of organizing, mobilizing, advocacy and lawsuits, CBE members in Southeast Los Angeles stopped a 943 megawatt fossil fuel power plant that would have emitted over 1.7 million pounds of toxic pollution per year as well as 2.8 million tons of greenhouse gases.

The strength of this exciting grassroots effort compelled the City of Vernon to withdraw their application for the power plant on September 28th, 2009. The was a life-and-death struggle since the power plant emissions could have caused as many as one dozen deaths every year. Since these facilities usually operate for fity years, literally hundreds of lives have been saved.

This was not only a local victory. By preventing the emission of more than 200 million tons of greenhouse gasses, the mujeres and youth made a major contrubution to the flight against global warming. They have also created a community empowerment model for teh other 22 California communities facing a similar threat of fossil fuel power plants.

In the immortal words of Cesar Chavez: Si Se Puede! Message To World –

By Dr Gideon Polya

Google Search together the 3 words older, people and climate and you will get about 30 million results with top links on page 1 being to Melbourne-based Older People And Climate Change (OPACC) and the presently largely older person-based Yarra Valley Climate Action Group (YVCAG) of Melbourne. Number 1 is an article by a Melbourne scientist entitled “3 reasons why older people should care about climate change action” (while Australia is the world’s worst per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter, decent Australians lead the world in climate activism).[1-3].

In short, older people are peculiarly threatened by the worsening climate emergency in three key areas that can be summarized by the “three Ds” of Devaluation (GDP growth to prevent devaluation of pensions, investments, superannuation and family support is only sustainable in a non-carbon, renewable energy-based economy), Death (older people are frailer and more susceptible to heat stress death because of a weakened brain signalling system) and Descendants (their descendants will hate them for what they have done to the planet) Read the rest of this entry »