[WSF-Discuss] Tunis Meeting On Climate Mobilizations And Strategies (contact at coalitionclimat21.org) - But… where is Mother Earth ?

Tom Goldtooth ien at igc.org
Sat Apr 4 13:43:13 CDT 2015


Jai –

 

I was scheduled to be there in Tunis. I didn’t go because I was seriously ill with this cold and bronchial infection. It was also within a week and half of my mother passing on. The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) has always pushed for the inclusion of language on Mother Earth as a key element for systems change. As you know, IEN, along with other Indigenous peoples’ organizations have provided not only the narrative in these broad climate movement events, but have often been the « face » of front line communities, globally, resisting fossil fuel expansions and experiencing extreme climate and weather changes. In Paris, IEN and our global Indigenous delegation, along with the International Tribunal on Rights of Nature/Mother Earth, and other climate justice allies will be putting Mother Earth front and center. As you take note, there is a continued challenge within our civil society movements to fully comprehend the depth of the problem that exists when there is no understanding of the inseparable relationship between humans and the sacred relationship with the natural laws and creative principles of Mother Earth.  As we demonstrated in the streets in New York City in September, our voices are centre and must be present in Paris, with strength in numbers – North and South – as we mobilise with civil society and social movements. As we have often said, we feel the pain of disharmony when we continue to witness the dishonor of the natural order of Creation and the continued economic colonisation and degradation of Mother Earth AND Father Sky. Our issues are also Indigenous rights issues, with land tenureship and titling issues with European banks, corporations and European countries investing in mineral extraction in Indigenous lands and territories globally. In recent years these European countries have been part of the green economy regime, along with the US, invading our Indigenous lands and territories placing a monetary price on Nature – on Mother Earth – creating a new derivative market.  As you know, Mother Earthn is the source of Life and not to be commodified as natural capital. We will bring the drums – the Heart Beat of Mother Earth – to Paris ; our women will stand up as the Defenders of Mother Earth before the world leaders ; our youth will also remind the people in Paris, and the world, of the rights of future generations. Of course, to do all this, in the numbers we are proposing, is a massive undertaking. For civil society to demand climate and social justice in Paris, there must be equity in securing resources for Indigenous Peoples and other local frontline communities who have been fighting-the-fight to have meaningful and full participation in the Coalition Climat 21 planning process and to have a constructive presence in Paris. 

 

Tom BK Goldtooth

Executive Director

Indigenous Environmental Network

 

 

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Subject: Fwd: Tunis Meeting On Climate Mobilizations And Strategies (contact at coalitionclimat21.org) - But… where is Mother Earth ?

 

Saturday, April 4 2015

Worlds in movement, worlds of movement…

Climate in movement… 

Tunis Meeting On Climate Mobilizations And Strategies

March 23rd and 24th 2015, Tunis El Manar University

But… where is Mother Earth ?

(I wasn't at Tunis, and for various reasons also wasn't able to keep up with things happening there in detail – and so, all the more, this report on what appears to have been a major meeting / convergence in Tunis on climate actions seems to me to be impressive, and encouraging.

(Having said this however, and though I don't want to sound churlish, what seems to me to be curiously – and sadly - missing in this statement is not just a reference to Mother Earth but any reverence for her, and going beyond that, there seems an absence of any reflection of – let alone incorporation of - ‘other’ conceptualisations for and strategisation towards ‘climate change’ and what this means, and the actions we should therefore take; and specifically those (and I use the plural consciously) that have been spelled out so widely and so profoundly by indigenous and aboriginal peoples and First Nations from across the world….. in recent years and over so many years now.  (Or am I wrong ?  Have I perhaps not read this report carefully enough ?)

(If this is the case, at one level this is not surprising at all, because it is contained within the internal dynamics of the Tunis Forum and of the World Social Forum process in general : That it was - and WSF meetings generally are – primarily (and usually overwhelmingly) attended by and therefore dominated by what is cutely called ‘civil society’, ie by the centre of societies, and in particular, by the non-marginal and the non-indigenous of societies.  Not only because we have The Money or belong to institutions that have The Money (which is true, whether we like it or not), ie so-called NGOs, universities, and so on, but far more profoundly because the WSF does not naturally attract ‘the margins’ / stroke / the margins tend to stay away / are kept away, and are marginalised even if there.[1]  And where I anyway argue (on this list and elsewhere) that this happens precisely – and structurally - because ‘the WSF process’ is a creation of ‘civil society’ and where by and large, and other than in the US, civil organisations have tightly held on to the control, not just in Brazil and India but also, I would guess, in Tunisia and elsewhere, as what I suggest is a general historical project of ‘civil society’ (and where please understand I am not here addressing this comment at any particular individuals or institutions, but making a general comment).[2]  

(The organic result of this is that – I would guess – there were almost certainly very few such peoples present at Tunis, and therefore also at the meeting from which this report has come.  And as a result, this report – and however good it might otherwise be - sounds just like any other report coming from militants in the North (and in the North in the South)…  Very ‘systematic’, very precise, but also very linear, very ‘management-by-objective’ – because yes, we have all so strongly internalised and digested this ideology of management and of war….

(But it also goes beyond this.  Because if indeed it is the case that this report, and the strategies and futures envisaged, lack a reference to Mother Earth, far from a reverence, then this also means that ‘we’ from ‘civil society’ have also not – on the other hand – at all yet internalised and digested the idea of respecting and revering Mother Earth, let alone celebrating her and ourselves as an organic part of her, and however much we say we celebrate Cochabamba….[1]  I do not at all mean to essentialise indigenous peoples, or to suggest that they have a monopoly on the truth.  But if the absences I am pointing to are at all the case, then I think we – the non-indigenous - need urgently to reflect on this… and see how this can be addressed, even now.  Not only in terms of ‘inclusion’ but more importantly in terms of vision, and comprehension.

            But in any case - thanks for posting this, Patrick.  I am copying this post to you and to the 1-2 other people who I know were at the Tunis Forum and at this meeting, to comment on and clarify, and in addition, to indigenous peoples I am in touch with and respect, for their comments and thoughts.

            JS

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[3] For those not familiar with ‘Cochabamba’, see : Anon (Participants at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Cochabamba, Bolivia), April 2010a – ‘People’s Agreement of Cochabamba : Statement from the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, April 22nd 2010, Cochabamba, Bolivia’.  Accessed js js 20.10.2013 @ http://pwccc.wordpress.com/support/; and : Anon, April 2010b - ‘Proposal [for a] Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth’, from the ‘World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights’ organised by the Plurinational Government of Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in April 2010, @ http://pwccc.wordpress.com/programa/ (accessed js 20.10.2013).

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Subject: [Debate-List] (Fwd) Tunis report-back on Paris COP21 planning (contact at coalitionclimat21.org)

Date: April 3, 2015 at 3:04:08 PM GMT+5:30

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March 23rd and 24th 2015, Tunis El Manar university

TUNIS MEETING ON CLIMATE MOBILIZATIONS AND STRATEGIES



The French coalition hosted a broad and open meeting in Tunis on March 23rd and 24th to discuss mobilization plans and strategies for 2015 and beyond and take concrete steps forward. The meeting was designed to sustain and strengthen the dialogue within the movement; as well as identify common ground on narrative and ¨choreography¨ of the mobilisation (shape and intent); and agree on some clear guidelines for French coalition to work with. We wish to seize this opportunity to thank everyone (participants, organizers, translators and facilitators) for their active contribution to the success of this meeting. Please mark you calendars: the plan is to meet again on June 13th and 14th in Paris.

KEY DECISIONS AND NEXT STEPS

Decisions made

1/ Call for large-scale mobilizations on November 28th/29th in capitals where national movements/coalitions can/want to. The aim of these mobilisations is to express people demands.

2/ Call for mass mobilizations in Paris on December 12th as part of an escalation* of mobilizations across the two weeks.

* The formulation was slightly modified as it was not correct English when adopted in Tunis.


Next steps

Another mobilization strategy and planning meeting will take place in Paris, on June 13th and 14th. The proposal is to move forward on the following elements in time for the Paris meeting.

    Keep consolidating the overarching narrative(s), taking into account reactions and suggestions from the Tunis meeting

    Develop concrete proposals for the end moment in line with guidelines defined by the working group on 1st and last day mobilizations (cf. minutes)

    Develop concrete proposals for 2016

    Reach out to coalitions in capital cities to call for action at the beginning of the COP

    Prepare a call to action that clearly calls on group to come to Paris for the end mobilizations.

    Develop a survey to map out initiatives across the two weeks of the COP


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March 23rd and 24th 2015, Tunis El Manar university

TUNIS MEETING ON CLIMATE MOBILIZATIONS AND STRATEGIES

 

 

The French coalition hosted a broad and open meeting in Tunis on March 23rd and 24th to discuss mobilization plans and strategies for 2015 and beyond and take concrete steps forward. The meeting was designed to sustain and strengthen the dialogue within the movement; as well as identify common ground on narrative and ¨choreography¨ of the mobilisation (shape and intent); and agree on some clear guidelines for French coalition to work with. We wish to seize this opportunity to thank everyone (participants, organizers, translators and facilitators) for their active contribution to the success of this meeting. Please mark you calendars: the plan is to meet again on June 13th and 14th in Paris. 

 

 

KEY DECISIONS AND NEXT STEPS

 

Decisions made

 

1/ Call for large-scale mobilizations on November 28th/29th in capitals where national movements/coalitions can/want to. The aim of these mobilisations is to express people demands.

 

2/ Call for mass mobilizations in Paris on December 12th as part of an escalation* of mobilizations across the two weeks.

 

* The formulation was slightly modified as it was not correct English when adopted in Tunis.

 

Next steps

 

Another mobilization strategy and planning meeting will take place in Paris, on June 13th and 14th. The proposal is to move forward on the following elements in time for the Paris meeting.

·    Keep consolidating the overarching narrative(s), taking into account reactions and suggestions from the Tunis meeting

·         Develop concrete proposals for the end moment in line with guidelines defined by the working group on 1st and last day mobilizations (cf. minutes)

·         Develop concrete proposals for 2016

·         Reach out to coalitions in capital cities to call for action at the beginning of the COP

·         Prepare a call to action that clearly calls on group to come to Paris for the end mobilizations.

·         Develop a survey to map out initiatives across the two weeks of the COP

 

 

 

 

DAY 1. INTRODUCTORY SESSION

 

 

1/ The French Coalition

 

Presentation

·         An alliance made up of 100 organisations: trade unions, social movements, environmental and development NGOs, youth groups, faith-based organisations, local groups (energy transition, anti-fracking, water), Alternatiba groups, small and big logos

·         Born early 2014, following a shift in UNFCCC strategies and the Warsaw walk-out

·         Hub for mobilization planning in France

·         Connecting with international networks and local groups on a regular basis

 

WE’RE ONLINE!  <http://www.coalitionclimat21.org> www.coalitionclimat21.org

(in French, English and Spanish)

 

A challenging national context

·         Inconsistent and unambitious climate policies in France => COP21 is about winning national and local climate battles (in policies and on the ground)

·         The national elections are taking place in May 2017 => high risk of political co-option of our mobilizations this year

·         The regional elections are taking place on December 6th and December 12th => challenge for the visibility of our mobilizations

 

The French Call to Action (see in the annex)

·         May 30th and 31st

·         September 26th and 27th,

·         November 28th and 29th,

·         During the two weeks of the COP,

·         December 12th

 

 




2/ Seeking alignment on an overarching narrative

 

Presentation of different inputs

 


Anabella, ITUC (+Action Aid, Asian movement on debt and development, Bolivian platform on CC, Christian Aid, GP, mesoamerican campaign for climate justice, PACJA, Oxfam, WWF, etc

Mark Raven, CAN (on behalf of the « Croissant Conspiracy », an informal group of communication experts from CAN and beyond)

Payal, 350.org (on behalf of350.org and Avaaz)

Malika Peyrault, FOE on behalf of the French Call to Action


« we » have a responsibility to strengthen and deepen the movement to influence decision-makers and decisions

Just transition, no more fossil fuels, noone left behind

Everybody is impacted by CC: jobs, public spending, energy poverty,

Citizen-driven solutions and alternatives


Many huge struggles on the ground for people, workers, energy water, food security, vulnerable people

Benefit and urgence of taking action

Vested interests of fossil fuel industry – polluters before the people

Set expectations for governments and national/local struggles


Need much more international ambition on finance, equity, economic support, just transition

Bad guys vs. Citizen-powered, people movement on solutions

Juste transition, renewable energy locally-controlled, fair jobs, affordable energy access for all

escalation


Rejection of « false solutions »

Action now, opportunity in Paris to take the right direction

people are not going to stand and allow polluters to wreck our planet

escalation of mobilizations

Paris will not be enough, the fight does not end in Paris. Last word = people are not going to accept decisions that do not kickstart immediate transition

A mass mobilization reclaiming people power and paving the way to what next as the fight against climate change does not end in Paris no matter what




Reactions from the room

 


Good

Can do better


Convergence paris in sufficient, escalation, looking beyond Paris, just transition

Just transition; urgent, immediate better

Coal in the hole, oil in the soil


Keeping climate a prioritiy, do not separate issues and make one fight, spread to movements that are not connected to climate, break sustainable myth

Too optimistic, system change missing, no discussion of bad deal, need more coherent msg on false solns, too anthropocentric and government perspective, nothing on adaptation; outside inside strategy missing, narrative too weak to mobilise

	
Too  much focus on govts, need coherent insude outside strategy fossil fuel industry and corporate capture, system change at its front; need clear redlines for govts, do not represent us and take into our own hands

 

 

Wrap-up on narrative by the facilitators

·         Process and narrative should be inclusive, across movements, identify local struggles

·         Narrative should escalate and help make the big picture more intense and bigger

·         Target/confront bad guys: eg. Fossil fuel industry

·         What are we moving toward: immediate, just, alternative transition. What do we mean by systemic change more specifically?

·         The UNFCCC focus does not help this broader narrative

 

 

 

3/ Lessons learnt from past mobilizations

 

Key lessons from the People’s Climate March in New York from CJA

•         Challenges in process alignment between top down vs. bottom up

•         Negotiating common cause between big greens, labour and EJ

•         The politics of principles vs. the politics of campaign goals

•         The dichotomies of:

◦ Density vs. Depth

◦ Scale vs. Roots (big green numbers vs. community power)

◦ Brand recognition vs. Street Cred

◦ One shot event vs. Movement Building orientation

◦ Local-National to International

•         Ongoing risk taking and breaking down of assumptions.

•         The newly paved path forward to Paris and Beyond

•         Recalibration of the movement - Strategy for winning- redefining what “winning”  is.

•         Personal transformations, internal, relational transformations

•         Root Cause analysis and transformative vision.

 

Key lessons learnt on New York’s People March by Avaaz

•      Have a clear vision and keep it simple

•      Online and offline makes it big

•      Provide open spaces for organizing

•      Be flexible and nimble

•      47 % came from NY and surroundings 53 from US = huge effort to bring people from the whole country.

•      50 000 students coming.

•      1574 organizations (80 trade unions).

 

Key lessons learnt from the Lima March by MOCICC

•      Biggest event of the democratic history of Peru. More than 20 000 people

•      18 months of work

•      First steps = agreeing on common messages (5-6 months). Seeking inclusivity

•      Agreed on radical message (system change not climate change) cause the problem is radical → not all shared the message but all understood the necessity of such a message

•      Not just about logistics, should also be about narrative and political strategies beyond the march

•      Invite everyone = broad invitation

•      Should target not just the States but also capitalism

 

Some of the reactions from the room

•   In Lima 

•      Prayer + March for Peace also but did not get attention

•      Historic process in Peru with support of Latin American movements (improved understanding, communication, assemblies)

•   People’s Climate March

•      Problem of political leaders hijacking the march (pictures)

•      No « closure » of the march – need to keep the people energized at the end of the march

•   General 

•      Too focused on the UN

•      Bring on board the front line communities

•      Need to discuss a strategy beyond the mobilization moments on how to change the system

•      Need to address production and consumption issues = the West must take responsibility

 

Wrap-up on past mobilizations

•      The way we organise and the way our mobilizations look need to be connected to the narrative

•      Issue of messaging = need for strong messaging on real demands, rooted into what into really needs to change vs. Slogan

•      Work with most impacted communities, they often have the solutions

•      Shift power back to people beyond the mobilizations moments

•      Need principles that people agree to work with: find common ground, compromise

•      For mobilization to have political impact, it’s also about logistics: getting there, sleeping options, etc

•      Need to be online also to support offline mobilizations

•      Community organising/field work is very important to get people to come and explain to them why it’s important

•      Movement needs to come out stronger and more energized

 

 

 

 

4/ Presentation of initiatives

 

* cf. map of initiatives for contacts

 

•   Run for your life

•   Reclaim Power

•   Rural women assembly

•   Alternatiba

•   Climate Express

•   PACJA plans in Africa

•   Grassroot groups: climate games

 

 




 

DAY 1 AND 2 - WORKING GROUPS

 

 

Working group 1. Mobilizations throughout 2015

 

Cf. map of initiatives indicated during the meeting (annex to this document).

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS – areas of discussion

•   Frontline communities

     People surge – but many affected communities not mapped

     Reach out and mobilise communities most affected by CC – give them a voice

     Ensure that move away from fossil fuels doesn´t lead to false solutions, e.g. dams

     Maximise INDCs in respective countries, connecting them to the people (and science)

     Truly decentralized mobilisations

•   South-North conundrum

•      The overall approach on climate change has failed to really include the global South

•      Many activities planned e.g. across Africa which the North should be part of

•      Need to coordinate and build movement that is linked as a whole and use opportunities, not only link around activities

•      Natural strengthening point is development – e.g. action/2015, Oxfam   

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS - Next steps

•      Further search for frontline communities – mapping/amplifying of their initiatives

•      Prepare mapping tools to make visible and amplify

 

Reactions from the room

•      Should move away from the big international moments if we want a strong movement

•      How do international groups support the frontline communities, not the other way around

•      Lack of response from international networks when call to support for actions in Global South – need to strengthen support for those frontline communities

•      We should find ways to collaborate more on shaping common politics and common agenda towards COP21 and beyond, not just about activities

•      Recognize that yesterday, people in the room were predominantly from the North and this has shaped the discussions.

•      Many movements are concerned about demands around the SDGs and the narrative but not in the room to share

•      In the South, there are movements and there are demands. There should be a southern-led movement to amplify their demands for Paris and the SDGs

•      Need to explain what is action 2015/post-2015 process

•      Platform launched in January on poverty, inequality and CC in 130 countries

•      Collective and national campaigns

•      Assembly on 28th and 29th in Tunis – everybody is welcome

•      Trying to figure out how to coordinate across the movements as plans at the same time (May for example)

 

 

Working group 2. Mobilizations on first day and last day of the COP

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS – Areas of alignment

 

We want:

•      To engage more and new people, move people up the ladder of engagement

•      Engage to show/reclaim our power

•      A unified « big tent » narrative under which our organisations’ messaging would fall under

•      Systemic change but need to work on what we mean by that

 

We don’t want

•      Governments unchallenged when they will claim success in Paris when there isn’t

•      Our mobilizations coopted by governments and UNFCCC

•      Good movements vs bad movements framing of our actions

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS - Guidelines for last mobilizations

 

•   Diversity of expressions/menu of options from family friendly to shutting down stuff

•   Need for coherence and articulated framing that communicates to the outside world that we are more than the sum of

our parts

•   Symbolically show convergence towards the future, looking beyond Paris

•   Inclusiveness

•   Action/pieces of actions replicable everywhere

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS - Suggested political compromises

 

•   No politicians, leaders putting their face on the 1st day of mobilizations

•   In the case of a menu of options, respect of more or less radical actions on last day mobilizations

•   Support and resource equity with respect to both dates/mobilizations

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS - Suggested dates

 

•      Call for large scale mobilizations nov 28th/29th in capitals where national movements/coalitions can/want to

        About expressing people demands

        Is this just for Europe or globally?

•      Call for mass action(s) on December 12th that escalates

        Diversity of expressions/menu of options from family friendly to shutting down stuff?

        Need for coherence and articulated framing that communicates to the outside world that we are more than the sum of our parts?

        Symbolically show convergence towards the futurs, looking beyond Paris

        Show that people are meeting their own demands, what we’re for and against?

        Is Paris the centre of gravity?

 

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS Suggested next steps by June

 

•   Develop idea(s) for last day mobilization(s)

•   Develop connected narrative for each day/both days

Agree to political compromise

 

 

Reactions from the room

 

•      Need to talk more about how to support global south/southern groups and channel resources to them ? suggestion is pool resources together

•      Should be about gobal mobilization in as many capital cities of the world as possible at the beginning, with strong people's demands. Make the case for these mobilizations to happen nationally to strengthen the movement

•       there will also be a massive mobilization on the 12th – what is it going to look like still needs to be defined, who is going to be part of it. And the message is we are all committed to the climate movement, all in it together and organisations that have the capacity to bring people will be the key organisers. Unclear yet whether it will be decentralized.

•      flood wall street following the PCM was great but it was very small and did not get enough media attention. Hopefully in Paris, we can get the people marching on the 1st day to participate in an action that is easy, that everyone can participate in at the end. Respecting different tactics but something big, simple, but also very powerful like a sit-in

•      The whole point is escalation so it can't be will do big in beginning and TRY to do something in the end. Does not have to be incredibly radical but has to be about escalation. Need agreement on that that all movement would come together under one banner with radical messaging

•      Agree that we need escalation and big moment at the end like non violent direct action. How do we include more people in that end moment, need to keep open the possibility for groups to engage differently – if some groups want to march, than they should as long as complementary.

•       march at the beginning will reenergize the people and people demand. Will need to go home and discuss whether it's possible to mobilize back home, discuss with partners ; need strong people demands

•      We haven't spoken about the other movements we need to include and involve – like cyber movements. Focus on trying to escalate. Need to focus on main causes like financial stakeholders, etc

•      What is the message at the end moment ? Need to discuss further

•      The questions for the WG were what are the dates, when are we calling people to Paris = pressing questions for the Working Group.

•      It is important that we build powerful national platforms with concrete people's demands

•      It is important it happens at every level. Which is why we came to the conclusion that we should have mass mobilisations in our own cities.

•      Other WG was looking at escalation, and there are ideas and people working on it ;

•      On the last day, we said it's important that the mobilization at the end is vibrant, massive, and escalates. So cannot be a few thousand people; Which is why this is the moment where we want to call people to come to Paris. We have an opportunity to flood the streets of Paris then. We now need to flesh out what kind of mobilization we're talking about.

 

CONCLUSIONS reached through consensus

 

•      Call for large-scale mobilizations November 28th/29th in capitals where national movements/coalitions can/want to. It’s about expressing people demands

•      Call for mass mobilizations in Paris on December 12th that escalates

 

 

 

Working group 3. Escalation of mobilization across both weeks

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS –

•      The French coalition needs to work out what will happen during the 1st week as CSO space will only start on week 2 – currently, no plans for 1st week

•      Consensus on need to escalate throughout the two weeks

•      Focus on the 2nd week as that is the moment when most people and organisations are in Paris

•      Need to map out plans, who plans to come where, what kind of activities are they organizing. French groups will create the space but not do the organizing of everything

•      Need to work on the narrative and the story we want to tell through our actions, cannot just have a calendar of actions on the website

 

Reactions from the room

•      Will need a space to educate the public during the two weeks – which one? Daily newsletter, university?

•      Alternatiba village in the center of Paris – date to be determined. Most likely about middle weekend but final decision will be made end of April

•      French coalition not organising stuff over both weeks because we’re focusing on 2nd week right now and creating that CSO space. We want to create a space for international groups to co-organize, brainstorm and propose way forward

•      Need clearer guidelines for the survey to ensure we respond to it effectively

 

Working group 4. Overarching narrative

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS – What is the narrative for and who for?

 

What is a narrative for ?

Could be…

•              To express the movement more broadly moving together to Paris and beyond (avoid Copenhagen-style cliff)     

•              To get people to Paris for a mobilization

•              A counter narrative to the false solutions that may claim we can solve the climate crisis with: BAU + Geo-engineering

The groups was mostly talking about the first option…

Potential audiences…

•      Public, Networks/movements, Press

•      lots of options in play

Challenges…

◦      To learn from Copenhagen – don’t tell a lie that Paris will fix the climate (people were arrested in Copenhagen for this lie)

◦      To ensure the narrative speaks to southern perspectives and works to mobilise southern groups

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS - Need more in the narratives on:

•      System change needs to be front and center

•      Southern voices

•      Adaptation and climate impacts now – urgency

•      Keeping fossil fuels in the ground

•      A just transition to 100% renewable energy

•      Climate change links to everything – gender, employment etc.

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS

Areas of general support

•              Southern voices

•              Climate change is already happening, it’s a reality for farmers in the south. Solutions must involve support for people adapting to climate change.

•              People vulnerable to climate impacts are not victims, they are often innovative and driving solutions.

•              We need to support indigenous practices that often embody solutions to the climate crisis.

•              This issue is about people – people who are impacted, people who have solutions.

•              This is an issue of Northern historical responsibility, those that are most vulnerable have done the least to cause the problem – there is also inequality, injustice and elites in both North and South

System change

•      To tackle climate change we need systemic change, we need move away from economies that put profits and consumption before people and planet.

•      Climate change is an everything issue – encompasses a massive diversity of issues

Urgency

•              Highlight climate impacts on the ground to emphasise climate change is a real world issue, happening now.

•              Impacts on peoples lives now.

•              UNFCCC timeframe doesn’t reflect the real world.

•              Attack corporates and fossil fuel industry

•              Say no to false solutions and corporate climate criminals.

•              Fossil fuel companies are in league with governments – this is why COP doesn’t work, but there are alternatives.

•              Balance doom with a vision/hope

•              We are the powerful positive actors, we are life – fossil fuels are death

•              We still need to inspire people to join the movement, to feel that they can make a difference and provide a vision for the future.

•              This can build on the examples of people out there stopping fossil fuel projects and the people who are already living sustainable livelihoods (especially examples from the global south)

Paris

•      WE are the ones who will make Paris historic (not the COP outcome), because we are the movement and we have the solutions

•      Paris is a moment to build movements – show we are powerful and will fight into 2016 and beyond to solve the climate crisis

•      It takes roots to weather the storm (Climate Justice Alliance message for the Peoples’ Climate March in New York)

•      It’s does NOT start and end with Paris

•      Its NOT all about the US and China

 

 

Reactions from the room

•      In the just transition concept, it’s beyond the energy transition, it’s about ensuring we don’t replicate big corporate models. Big corporations are moving into RE and that’s not a model that we want, we would want community-controled energy

•      What kind of economic model do we want?

•      We need to bring in anti-nuke movements into the climate movement

•      Communities are experimenting, important to amplify these

•      Important to have strong southern presence in Paris – need people’s agenda grassroot solutions amplified (agroecology, etc), find real solutions on the ground, grassrooot vs. False solutions

•      True that people on the ground have the power and the solutions but at the same time we know Paris will be a failure – we need to use this power that we have to support those that are facing the impacts of a climate change they didn’t cause. As southern and northern movements, we need to practically tackle existing impacts of CC, not just focusing on the UNFCCC. How do we push northern governments to support these communities in the south, etc

•      Need to broaden the scope of false solutions, not only work on the energy-related ones. Also about false solutions in agriculture

•      Climate issues are not only hi-jacked by fossil fuel companies but also about other industrial vested interests

•      Willingness to add southern voices in the narrative, this is good. Need to take it a step further – what is the role of southern governments in all this? Which ones should we support and which ones should we tackle? Would be helpful to support some countries as a movement. Need to push countries to become champions in the negotiation

•      Good to see emphasis on frontline communities in the narrative. What needs to be developed further: what climate justice means from the point of view of frontline communities, needs to be more concrete.

•      Need to maximize different arenas for climate justice advocacy – should not focus only on international processes, challenging for the frontline communities to engage there. Need to create/build on more local and national spaces.

•      We should be very clear about what companies should be saying/doing on CC – too many false solutions, new technologies to keep on FF-based economy. We need to say this is not acceptable

•      Need to support a people’s protocol on what system change and climate justice entails. Cf People Surge initiative?)

•      Cso demanding system change are actually part of the system/doing Business as Usual = need to build our movement differently if we want it to be different and long term (?)

•      Not just about climate change, would like to see economic and environmental justice in there more strongly.

•      WE are the solutions – should be in there

•      Our narrative should be let’s stop a deal that will burn the planet. That’s what is going to happen in Paris, will be worst that what we have seen in the past. We should be stopping it from happening.

•      Importance of adaptation/resilience of frontline communities;

•      Paris may begin like New York and may well end like Seattle – may have to shut it down

•      Challenging to track nuances in the narrative because of linguistic problems

•      Nothing in the narrative on financing despite its crucial role in climate change. Same with military/armies – looking into how to adapt. We need to confront them, they are the heart of the system we are trying to change

•      Need to change and fight the international trade and investment legal systems (TTIP, WTO, etc)

 

 

Working group 5 – Plans for 2016 – Global and in Africa

 

OUTCOMES FROM DISCUSSIONS

 

Purpose

•      Grow the movement - engage more people on climate

•      Strengthen the movement – esp from grassroots in Africa

•      Plan on basis that Paris doesn’t deliver…

 

Themes

•              Focus on positive solutions

•              End fossil fuels

•              Challenge corporations and corporate power

•              Support key themes of mobilisation in Africa including food sovereignty, mining, shale gas, water

Moments

•              Create a moment for the movement in early 2016

•              Reconvene in Paris?

•              Spring moment (without direct political hook)

•              Morocco COP 22 – there is a platform / network bringing groups together.  Rabat meeting in May…

Next steps

•              Messaging of Paris critical  - start not the end

•              A number of groups (Moroccan, Regional African and International) bring a worked up 2016 proposal to Paris June 13/14 meeting for discussion

•              Idea of PACJA meeting to define 2016+ alongside June 13/14

Reactions from the room

·         2016 should not be Business As Usual, it should not be about COP22 but the COP1 of something different.

·         About dirty energy, not just fossil fuels

·         On focus on corporations, need to be stronger than bringing in good practises but challenging them overall




 




 

 

 

FINAL WORD / CONCLUSION

 

 

·         We are all here because we want to connect the dots, build a global movement. It's not just about Paris, use it as an opportunity to build stronger moment, powerful enough to win

·         We want to mobilize on the road to Paris and start something new.

·         Need our work this year to help win more battles in the future

·         Need to include and give a voice to those who are not in the room, those who are fighting climate change and for system change. It needs to be their movement, their moment, not the one of the international logos.

 

 

 




 

Annex 1

Call to action from Coalition Climat 21

Mobilizing collectively against climate change throughout 2015

 

To prepare for the United Nations conference on climate change in December 2015 in Paris, close to 100 civil society organisations have collectively founded the French platform « Coalition Climat 21 » to: build the pressure needed for ambitious and just climate action, and transformational and sustainable public policies. 

 

Despite 20 years of international conferences on climate change, the international community has not yet addressed the global climate crisis. As it is more than ever urgent to tackly climate change, please join us in building mass mobilization and political momentum at the following key moments:

 

On May 30th and 31st, we will kick-start an international mobilization moment in June by calling out those responsible for climate change and call for the radical transformation of our development models through multiple actions, initiatives and demonstrations across France. 

 

On September 26th and 27th, in Paris and cities across the country, and beyond, we will mobilize to support and showcase citizen-driven initiatives to address climate change and power the energy transition. 

 

November 28th and 29th, just before negotiators head to COP21 in Paris, we will massively mobilize in the streets of Paris, major French cities – and, hopefully, big cities across the world - to make known our demands to Heads of State and government.

 

During the two weeks of the COP, there will be more and more actions blooming, particularly in Paris. 

 

>From December 6th onwards, a big space for convergence, debates and mobilization will be open to all those who want to take part in this citizen mobilization as well as contribute to alternative solutions to climate change.  

 

On December 12th, at the close of the climate conference, we will take to the streets, particularly in Paris, to pave the way beyond the COP. We will make our voices heard: yes, civil society is united in the face of this major challenge for humanity and against those responsible for climate change: multinationals and governments. Our movement will keep growing after Paris!

 

Please connect with us online!

·         Website   <http://www.coalitionclimat21.org> www.coalitionclimat21.org

·          Facebook:  <https://www.facebook.com/climat21> https://www.facebook.com/climat21                                                                               

·         Twitter: @climat21

·         Write to  <mailto:contact at coalitionclimat21.org> contact at coalitionclimat21.org if you wish to be added to our international mailing list




Annex 2. Mobilization plans for 2015

 


April

May (1)

May (2)

June (1)


7-14 April: Week of Actions in La Villeneuve (Grenoble, France)

Apu-Planning

asso.planning at gresille.org

1st of May Climate Jobs Demonstration, Bayonne

30th - 31st of May: Reclaim the power week-end of action (UK)

Reclaim the Power

5th of June: Alternatibatandem bycicle tour « 5000km for the climate » starts in Bayonne


2nd half of April: Climate Resilient Village and Town - India Beyond Copenhagen Collective

soumyadutta_delhi at rediffmail.com

16th of May: Fair Pride – Paris

 Artisans du Monde

30th - 31st of May: National Forum - Coalition Maroc

13th of June: Rural Women mobilisation on the margin of the 25thAfrica Heads of States Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa – Solidarity actions across 13 countries /Mwanahamisi.singana at oxfaminternational.org


18th of April: Earth Day mobilisation in US – Concert in DC –

GPP, Action/2015

30th of May: “Velorution”, bike action for more buses in Bayonne

30th - 31st of May: Citizen pact “Against fossil fuels extraction – Citizens' commitment for promotion of alternatives”- Politicians Pact “Commitment for concrete alternatives” -Alternatiba

13th - 14th of June: Mobilization planning meeting in Paris

French Coalition and internationals

contact at coalitionclimat21


18th of April: Forum on Raw Materials – Lausanne, Switzerland Collectif suisse matières premières

Coordination Climat et Justice Sociale

30th of May: Climate Action at Geneva Lake – Switzerland;

Coordination Climat et Justice Sociale

30th - 31st of May: Release of Spanish

Climate Coalition Manifesto

maximoplo at gmail.com

17th of June :  Mass lobby of UK parliament on CC

UK Climate Coalition


18th of April: Global Day of Action Against TTIP Trade Deal

FOE and others 100 organisations

www.globaltradeday.org

30th - 31st of May: G7 push: TBD likely focus on finance or fossil Fuel subsidies

Avaaz

lain at avaaz.org

 Entire Month:  Climate Resilient Community in Uttanakland Himalaya, India; With BCPH and Delhi University

soumyadutta_delhi at rediffmail.com

18th of June: Live Earth Concerts

Climate Reality


 

30th-31st: 1000 initiatives blooming in France French Coalition

contact at coalitionclimat21.org

Entire month: Month of Action to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change / 30th of May = Climate Day

Mobilization by Action/2015info at action2015.org

27th - 28th:  Alternatiba in Marseille

contact at alternatibaioli.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June (2)

July

August (1)

August (2)

September (1)


To be confirmed: DECLIC (Défis Climatiques et citoyenneté) – 6 countries (West Africa)ENDA/CANWA/RDC

4th of July: Alternatiba in Joigny Dans l'Yonne

5th - 6th of July :Alternatiba in Saint Quentin en Yvelines

Alternatiba tandem bycicles in Geneva

17th of August

International youth Day – Mobilisation on poverty / inequality and climate change

Action/2015

3 weeks in August: Rolling direct actions across North America

Rising Tide

skye.bougsty at gmail.com

5th of September

Concert in Paris

FNE


All month: Mobilisations “We decide” (« Décidons »)

Coalition Maroc

11th - 16th of July : Mobilisation around Financing for Development Conference

Action/2015

info at action2015.org

18th - 20th of August:Alternatiba Leman - Switzerland

All month

Series of events – Summer of our Power

GGJ/APEN/CJA

vivianh at apen4ej.org

24th - 25th of September : Vigils for the world we want : linking zero poverty and 100% renewables; Distributed action + NYC event - Faith and development groups / Avaaz


All month: Series of events – Summer of our PowerGGJ/APEN/CJA

vivianh at apen4ej.org

All month: Series of events – Summer of our Power

GGJ/APEN/CJA

vivianh at apen4ej.org

August 29th- Katrina anniversary

All month: Public engagement with climate action plans

Beyond Copenhagen, India

soumyadutta-delhi at rediffmail.com

24th - 27th of September

Mobilisation before and around announcement of sustainable development goals at UNGA, in NYC and around the world – Action/2015


June 2015 ==> 2016

CIDSE campaign on sustainable lifestyles

martinelli at cidse.org

All month: Pilgrimages start walking in Scandinavia

NCA, COS

To be confirmed:

Cycling caravans start in Africa

ACT Alliance

	26th - 27th of September

Massive Alternatiba in Paris

Alternatiba Tour arrival date in Paris


Summer 2015: More than 50 villages of Alternatives “Alternatiba” in Europe

Be the next!

July to November => Capacity Building with Youth in Brazil

Engajamundo

amanda at engajamundo.org

To be confirmed:

Occupying Rhineland

	26th - 27th of September

Panel discussion in Marocco

Coalition Maroc

		
To be confirmed:

Climate Seminary in Marocco

Coalition Maroc

	27th of August

Car-free day in Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


September (2)

October

November

December (1)

December (2)


Tbc in September

Actions in Grenoble and la Villeneuve (France)

APU / PLANNING(asso-planning at gresille.org) Alternatiba Grenoble

9th - 10th of October

Reclaim Power

Reclaim Power partners

asad.rehman at foe.co.uk

10th of November: 20thanniversary of murder of Ogoni Nine / second anniversary of Typhoon Huyain – Global mobilisation on impacted people

Oilwatch / ERA / FOE

Mid November – Early December

Ecumenical Pilgrimage

Germany – UK – France – Norway – Italy, etc.Ecumenical group: CCFD / Christian Aid/CIDSE / ACT Alliance

During the COP21

Blue Pavilion

Consortium of organisationsFrance Libertés


Tbc 20th of September

Ecological Fair (educational)

Coalicion Clima Espana

mdemauriel at gmail.com

11th of October

Alternatiba Garazi

15th - 16th of November: Global distributed actions against fossil fuel subsidies

Avaaz iain at avaaz.org

4th of December

Pinocchio awards

FOE / CRID / Peuples Solidaires

ActionAid

End of the COP21

FOE action

	
16th of October: World Food Day Mobilizing food producers and consumer in the continent (Africa) – potentially big offline moment in moe than 13 countries – Our food is the context of changing climate / Food and climate justice

Mwanahamisi.singana at oxfaminternational.org

18th of November

Decentralized Actions in Switzerland (Geneva, Berne, Zürich, etc.)

Coordination Climat et Justice Sociale

12th of December

Symbolical Action - Geneva

Coordination Climat et Justice Sociale

Tbc December

Climate Change University

Consortium of organisations

	
16th of October: Food and TTIP – Peoples demands on food, mobilising moments. DCJ and FOEI

asad.rehman at foe.co.uk

25th - 27th of November

Conference of the Youth

WARN

During the COP21

Shut down corporate false solutions event « Solutions COP21 »

pascoe at corporateeurope.org

Tbc December

Global Village of Alternatives

Alternatiba

	
24th of October

Alternatiba Bilbao

Tbc 28th - 29th(depending on national elections date)

During the COP21

Climate Games

Tbc December

Ecumenical Pilgrimage - final event, delivery of petitions

Ecumenical group

CCFD / Christian Aid / CIDSE / ACT Alliance

	
All month- Rolling direct actions across North America - Rising Tide

skye.bougsty at gmail.com

			

 

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[1] For those interested in reading more on this, see : Janet Conway, 2012 - Edges of Global Justice : The World Social Forum and its ‘Others’. London and New York : Routledge; and also : Jai Sen, November 2007d – ‘The power of civility’, in Mikael Löfgren and Håkan Thörn, eds, 2007 – ‘Global Civil Society – More Or Less Democracy ?’, special issue of Development Dialogue, no 49, pp 51-68.  Available @ https://independent.academia.edu/JaiSen.  Full issue available for download @  <http://www.dhf.uu.se/> www.dhf.uu.se

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