CONFRONTING THE SOURCE OF COPENHAGEN’S “FAILURE”
7 pm – 9:00 pm: Presentation: “From COP 15 to Climate Justice Movement” with journalist Tina Gerhardt (Houston area, Manhattan)
7 pm – 9:00 pm: Art and Banner making party (Brooklyn)
Following closely on the heels of the failed UN Copenhagen climate conference, the Second Annual Carbon Trade Summit will convene in New York City, bringing together representatives of some of the most polluting industries, industry associations, carbon financiers, banks, government officials and corporate “big greens.” Participants will include executives from JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Duke Energy, and many more. See the official event page for more: http://www.iglobalforum.com/conference_live.php?r=22&p=home
Here they will discuss how to take advantage of the emerging carbon markets. Under a veneer of greenwash, they will be determining ways to ensure that marketable allowances for greenhouse gases (a.k.a., “cap-and-trade” schemes) remain the centerpiece of global climate policy.
Never before in history has the need for a grassroots resistance movement been more urgently needed. Climate scientists now tell us we are on course for 4 to 7 degrees of warming in the coming century, a death sentence for much of life on this planet, including human populations starting with the most vulnerable. If the climate movement is going to have any chance for success, it must confront the true source of this emergency. Placing the future of life on the altar of market fundamentalism is a path to annihilation.
*Nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience workshop
WHEN: Saturday. Jan. 9 from 10am to 5pm
WHERE: The Change You Want To See Gallery: 84 Havemeyer St. (at Metropolitan Ave), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Panel Discussion: “Selling the Sky: Carbon Trading and the Failure of Copenhagen.” With Dr. Michael Dorsey, Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, Cecil Corbin-Mark of West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT) and Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology. (also invited but not yet confirmed: Patrick Bond, University of South Africa and Joan Yang, Deputy Ambassador from Palau)
WHEN: Sunday Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Unity Hall, 235 W. 23rd St., between 7th and 8th Avenues (1, C, E, F, or V train to 23rd St.)
Presentation and discussion: Climate Change: From COP15 to Climate Justice Movement, with Tina Gerhardt (journalist, academic, activist just returned from Copenhagen)
WHEN: Monday Jan 11 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street (between Houston and Delancey)
Tuesday, Jan 12 at noon: Press Event: Featuring Climate Scientist JAMES HANSEN and FATHER PAUL MAYER, founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition and representing concerned members of the religious community.
Protest and Rally outside of the Carbon Trading Summit (Embassy Suites Hotel)
WHEN: Wednesday Jan. 13th, 12 noon
WHERE: Irish Hunger Memorial Park
(Nearest stop: World Trade Center (E train): walk 1 block south to Vesey St., turn right (west), cross West St., and continue west past the Embassy Suites Hotel to the Irish Hunger Memorial.
OR: From Chambers St. station (A, C, 1, 2, 3): 5 short blocks south to Vesey St., continue as above.
OR: From City Hall station (R, W) or Park Place (2, 3): 2-3 blocks south to Vesey St., continue as above.
What is carbon trading and why is it a false solution that blocks positive alternatives?
Corporations are claiming the atmosphere as a private commodity and buying and selling “rights” to pollute it. Manipulation of these “rights” – in combination with so-called “offsets” (projects that claim to reduce emissions on their behalf, but most often do not) – will allow the industry to stonewall real pollution reductions for another 15 to 20 years, with devastating consequences for all life on earth. Carbon markets in the European Union have proven extremely volatile, prone to manipulation and gaming, and they do not help reduce emissions.
The U.S. went to Copenhagen with an abysmally weak offer. Obama claimed (incorrectly) that he could not go beyond the targets that had been approved in the House of Representatives. At both the UN and Congressional levels, this is the product of a corporate war on reason, combined with lobbying in the extreme (e.g., 4-5 climate lobbyists per member of Congress). They are blocking efforts to secure a safe future, misleading the public about the seriousness of the threat, and advocating persistently for so-called “market mechanisms” as the only means to reduce emissions. These corporations have a stranglehold on both the U.S. Congress and on international climate policy.
What can we do?
Join the movement! Invoke system change to address climate change! As tens of thousands of people chanted a few weeks ago on the streets of Copenhagen, “Our climate is not their business!” Carbon trade won’t save us: it’s up to us.
Climate SOS, Beyond Talk (Climate Pledge of Resistance), Institute for Social Ecology, The Change You Want to See Gallery and others are gathering allies to protest this event. To join this effort and take a stand for climate justice, for real solutions, and for the future of our planet, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=263613903775&ref=nf