Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and the Indigenous Environmental Network are leading a delegation of 16 people to Durban, South Africa to attend social movement activities and the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place from November 28-December 9 2011. We are one of the only U.S. delegations made up of people from frontline communities disproportionately affected by environmental racism and climate change. Our delegates have specific grassroots environmental justice and climate justice expertise. We will be tracking reports from the ground in Durban and posting to this page.
There may be, for example, some fairly stable proportion of the national income more than which People will not readily keep in the shape of idle balances or long periods together, provided the rate of interest exceeds a certain psychological minimum; so that if the quantity of money beyond what is required in the active circulation is in excess of this proportion of the national income, there will be a tendency sooner or later for the rate of interest to fall to the neighbourhood of this minimum.
Durban, South Africa, December 6, 2011
Being in South Africa for the COP 17 feels like home field advantage for those who fight for justice. I along with some of my colleagues from GGJ attended the 1 Million Climate Jobs Conference (1MCJ), one of the alternative activities to the COP17 (shorthand for the obscenely long title of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Seventeenth Conference of the Parties). On our side of Durban at the University Kwazulu Natal, COP17 is more appropriately known as the “Conference of Polluters”.
Article By Kanya D'Almeida
Photo credit: UNclimatechange/CC By 2.0
WASHINGTON, Dec 3, 2011 (IPS) - The United States' delegation at the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCC) in Durban, South Africa has come under heavy fire from civil society leaders and activists around the globe for standing in the way of real solutions to climate change.
From the Indigenous Environmental Network
November 30, 2011
Photos by Jeff Conant/GJEP
Durban, South Africa–In Canada and the United Kingdom, Indigenous activists and their supporters targeted Shell today for violating agreements made with Indigenous communities in Canada. In Durban, site of the ongoing UN climate talks, activists from Canada joined activists from Africa to denounce Shell and their repeated violations of human rights and environmental regulations. Appearing outside a Shell refinery, a number of Indigenous activists joined with youth from Canada and Africa to support the community of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), who recently announced their lawsuit against Shell.
5th December 2011, Durban, South Africa
We call on all farmers’ movements and organizations, rural workers, landless people and all the food sovereignty movement to join us for an international day of mass action on the 5th of December 2011, during the COP 17 civil society mobilization in Durban, South Africa.
The 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place from November 28-December 9 2011 in Durban, South Africa. While the U.S. State Department delegation will be pushing a corporate agenda that benefits the 1% while commodifying land, water and forests, social movement delegations will be gathering to advance community-based climate justice solutions that benefits the majority of the people and the planet.