FRIDAY, MAY 08, 2009
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Act Now for Climate Justice

Are you over the corporate compromised climate politics of the DC Beltway? Want to find more empowering ways to build power, stop climate change and take action? Now’s your chance! The Mobilization for Climate Justice has put out it’s call to action. Join a group of organizations and activists dedicated to building a North American climate justice movement that emphasizes direct action and public education to mobilize for just and effective solutions to climate change. emissions A Call to Action: THE MOBILIZATION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE www.ACTFORCLIMATEJUSTICE.org read and pass on the Mobilization’s Open Letter to the Grassroots WE STAND AT A CROSSROADS Confront Copenhagen at Home The facts are clear. Global climate change, caused by human activities, is happening, threatening the lives and livelihoods of billions of people and the existence of millions of species. Social movements, environmental groups, and scientists from all over the world are calling for urgent and radical action on climate change. On the 6 December, 2009 the governments of the world will come to Copenhagen for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place. Yet, previous meetings have produced nothing more than business as usual. There are alternatives to the current course that is emphasizing false solutions such as market-based approaches and agrofuels. If we put humanity before profit and solidarity above competition we can live amazing lives without destroying our planet.For a just transition to a low carbon future we must invest in community-controlled renewable energy and leave fossil fuels in the ground. We must stop over-production for over-consumption. All should have equal access to the global commons through community control and local sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water. We must acknowledge the historical responsibility of the global elite and rich Global North for causing this crisis. Equity between all peoples in the North and South through reparations of this ecological debt is essential to climate justice. Climate change is already impacting people, particularly, indigenous and forest-dependent peoples, women, small farmers, workers, marginalized communities and impoverished neighbourhoods who are all calling for action on climate- and social-justice. We call on all peoples around the planet to mobilize and take action against the root causes of climate change and the key agents responsible, both in Copenhagen and around the world. This mobilization has already begun but is still in the planning stages. We have time to collectively decide what these mobilizations will look like, and to begin to visualize what our future can be. It is now time to take the power back! We encourage everyone to start mobilizing today in your own neighborhoods and communities. Please get involved and take action for climate justice. Hope is not just a feeling, it is also about taking action.

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