We are Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and La Via Campesina North America - grassroots and allied organizations from North America representing immigrant, youth low-income, people of color, and indigenous communities actively engaged in Climate Justice organizing.
We will win Climate Justice by supporting the hundreds of communities around the country who are targeting the climate polluters in their communities, whether that is an energy source, a toxic industry, a dirty port, off-shore oil drilling, coal mining, a big box chain, a freeway or a developer driving gentrification. We will win Climate Justice by winning back our ability to root ourselves in place, in ancestral knowledge, and in the strength of our communities.
We created this website in 2010 to offer information and resources that will help our communities fight false climate solutions, and to lift up powerful examples of grassroots solutions for climate justice.
In 2010, together we mobilized for the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that took place in Cancún, México from November 29 to December 10, 2010. Delegates from US-based grassroots organizations traveled to Cancun to strengthen international solidarity for climate justice and to pressure governments for real climate solutions. While these delegates promoted community-based solutions, to stop REDDs and other mechanisms of carbon trading, and to pressure the US government to adopt the Cochabamba accord instead of the Copenhagen discord, communities here in the US mobilized to connect our local struggles to these international demands for climate justice as part of the “1000 Cancuns for Climate Justice” actions around the globe.
This year in 2011, we are mobilizing for the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) of the UNFCCC which will take place in Durban, South Africa from November 28-December 9, 2011. Social movement delegations will be gathering in Durban to advance climate justice solutions that address these crises at the root, the capitalist system.
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) and La Vía Campesina North America are joining forces again to mobilize our memberships for “1000 Durbans” days of action on December 3rd and 5th to “bring Durban home”, to denounce the system that allows corporations to profit from harming our communities and our planet, and to demand that big polluters clean up or close up.
Our organizing strategy prioritizes:
- Investing in grassroots action at frontline struggles to win the victories that build our power, improve our communities and stop corporations from causing climate disruption;
- Prioritizing local organizing to build the resilient communities, just economies, and political infrastructure that we need to weather the climate crisis; and
- Supporting solidarity with grassroots movements around the world, to link our struggles, and to craft the international policies and structures we need to apply our local solutions globally.
This website was engineered by May First/People Link, coordinated and updated by the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and May First/People Link, and designed by Ellen Choy of Youth for Climate Justice.