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Challenging Corporate Power at the Biggest Climate March in History

This post is by the RAN staff who were in New York as part of the People's Climate March: Lindsey Allen, Ginger Cassady, Susana Cervantes, Adrienne Fitch-Frankel, Chelsea Matthews, Scott Parkin, Claire Sandberg, Amanda Starbuck, Laurel Sutherlin, Emm Talarico, Christy Tennery-Spalding and Todd Zimmer. 

Wow, these past few days have been an exhausting and exhilarating whirlwind of activity and activism here in New York City. 

As world leaders gathered yesterday for the UN Climate Summit, much of RAN’s staff and network was recovering from back to back, power-packed days of nonstop organizing, training, marching, meeting, movement building and risking arrest to challenge corporate power at the heart of the global financial system. 

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You’ve likely heard the superlatives. Sunday’s People’s Climate March was the largest demonstration for climate action in history, with more than 400,000 people — from all walks of life and all over the country and across the world — joining together in the streets of Manhattan to demand a change of course from the dangerous path towards climate chaos we are all headed down. The global media coverage of the march meant that, for once, the old chant was true: "The whole world is watching!" 

Of course no one is naïve enough to think a big march is going to solve climate change overnight. But equally, all of the great social movements of our time have been catalyzed by pivotal mass mobilizations that ratcheted up pressure on the power structures of the status quo and spurred those present — and those watching — into further action. 

The vibrant and wildly diverse display of humanity we witnessed in the streets was breathtaking and truly inspirational — there is just nothing quite like the electricity of glimpsing the immense power of people joined together in mass collective action. The fossil fuel industry may be the wealthiest in history, but on Sunday we reminded the world that money is not the only form of power.1 

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But we did not start or stop our work here with the march. The network, from board to staff, from Eugene, Ore., to Charlotte, N.C., from former interns to celebrity supporters, has been busy helping to support and add strength to many facets of this week’s sprawling mobilization. 

We organized an all day workshop on Friday to share tactics and strategies for challenging corporate power to a large and enthusiastic crowd of supporters. Afterwards we hosted hundreds of activists and change makers for a Happy Hour for Hellraisers networking extravaganza that was part reunion, part relationship building and part letting off steam. 

It was after the march, though, that things got really exciting. Responding to a call from the Climate Justice Alliance for civil disobedience actions to add urgency to Sunday’s march, local organizers issued an invitation to Flood Wall Street. As both the symbolic and literal epicenter of global capitalism, Wall Street’s main players must be held accountable for funding the current climate crisis as well as actively opposing organized efforts to wean our economy off fossil fuels. 

Unlike Sunday’s permitted march, the Flood Wall Street protest Monday morning was in direct defiance of business as usual and the thousands of people who gathered knew we were risking arrest by participating. After listening to rousing speeches by Indigenous and frontline community leaders and Naomi Klein about the stakes we face at this moment in history, the crowd, all wearing blue, streamed into the streets and overwhelmed traffic, bringing it to a halt. 

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The raucous but peaceful procession flooded the streets surrounding Wall Street’s iconic bull and then sat together in the streets, unfurling a 10-foot wide, 300-foot long banner, legible only to those in the office towers, helicopters and drones overhead, that read "Capitalism = Climate Chaos: Flood Wall Street"

For many hours the protest shut down one of the busiest thoroughfares in any financial district in the world, chanting the anthem of the day: 

        People gonna rise with the water 
        We’re gonna calm this crisis down 
        I hear the voice of my great granddaughter 
        Saying: “Shut down Wall Street now!”2 

Yesterday took us from the streets to the halls of power. RAN's very own Lindsey Allen and Laurel Sutherlin attended the U.N. Climate Summit, where they saw encouraging steps by governments and companies,3 and witnessed a huge campaigning victory firsthand. They watched as the CEO of one of RAN’s oldest and most intransigent targets, Cargill, stood next to U.S. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and announced an unprecedented zero-deforestation pledge. Cargill is the biggest importer of palm oil in the U.S. and the largest private company in the world, and this sweeping global commitment covers its entire empire.4 

That massive climate, human rights and biodiversity milestone follows years of hard, committed campaigning by RAN and its allies. It’s a bracing reminder that while — as Frederick Douglass said — power concedes nothing without a demand, together we can challenge corporate power and win. 

More than ever, this week affirmed for all of us that executives and politicians will not and cannot save us now. Only a strategic, determined and diverse social movement like the one we saw in New York can truly change the course of history. 

The RAN crew returns to San Francisco with new allies and fresh resolve to double down on our efforts to keep carbon in the ground and to lift up the voices of those ready to enact real climate solutions. We are reinvigorated in our fights to protect the forests of Indonesia, to prevent reckless coal mining in Australia and Appalachia, and to end extraction of the North American tar sands. 

References:

1. "Challenge Corporate Power in the Streets of NYC," September 21, 2014, Rainforest Action Network
http://www.ran.org/challenge_corporate_power_in_the_streets_of_nyc

2. "#FloodWallStreet," September 22, 2014, Rainforest Action Network
http://www.ran.org/_floodwallstreet

3. "The Proximity of Hope at the U.N. Climate Summit," September 23, 2014, Lindsey Allen, Rainforest Action Network
http://www.ran.org/the_proximity_of_hope_at_the_un_climate_summit

4. "Cargill commits to zero deforestation across entire global supply chain: all commodities," September 23, 2014, Rhett A. Butler, Mongabay
http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0923-cargill-zero-deforestation.html


The Proximity of Hope at the UN Climate Summit

The past few days have been exhilarating as hundreds of thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to be commended for initiating this effort. However, we are past the point where non-binding declarations from governments and corporations will have the forceful and immediate impact necessary to avert the imminent crisis we face.

Lindsey Allen at UN Climate Summit

It is time for action. It is time for global officials to learn from Indigenous and local communities who have been creating effective solutions for maintaining forests for years. It is time for globally binding commitments, the recognition of the traditional and customary rights of forest-dependent communities, and the actionable enforcement of these policies. Real and coordinated global commitments are needed to address the underlying drivers of climate change: blind market demand for deforestation commodities; poor forest governance and corruption; distorted fiscal priorities; and destructive and unaccountable corporate activities.

We need more commitments like those from Norway, Germany and Peru – who have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent deforestation in a number of countries including the Peruvian Amazon. Perhaps most importantly their funding will include support for local communities in these programs. The Peruvian agreement will explicitly respect the rights and proposals of indigenous communities in this process, as well as increasing indigenous land rights by at least 5 million hectares.

Time and time again, the best solutions to salvage our planet’s bio-diversity and stabilize our climate (i.e., stopping the imminent extinction of many endangered species and protecting crucial forests that protect the planet from further global warming) have come from local communities. It is imperative that those on the front lines of climate change be represented at the decision-making table in these types of negotiations. Many of these voices were sorely missed at the Climate talks in New York – such as the dozens of community groups who are part of the Climate Justice Alliance and who were excluded entry to the UN Summit.

On the other end of the spectrum, it is encouraging that big corporate players have taken the opportunity of the Climate Summit to publicly acknowledge their responsibility in forging a new path toward climate stability, even if many of these are re-statements of existing commitments. And in this respect, the support for The New York Declaration on Forests has been encouraging – including the support for this declaration from some of RAN’s most prominent targets over the past decade.

However these are still only voluntary commitments in a public forum. These corporations still must turn these statements into actionable policies and demonstrable shifts in practice throughout their global supply chains.

But the opportunity for change is here. At this point RAN is confident in one thing: the only way to ensure we will have a healthy planet for future generations is if we take it upon ourselves to make it happen.

Governments have had the opportunity to lead for decades. Now it is time for them to listen.

 

Lindsey Allen

Executive Director RAN


Challenge Corporate Power in the streets of NYC

Early Sunday morning RAN joined the hundreds of thousands of people making their voice heard world wide. RAN's message of the day was Challenge Corporate Power!

 

But events like this are neither the begining or the end. They are part of an arc... moments to the next action.

 

Join RAN tomorrow in NYC at the Flood Wall St Event and if you can't join in person you can join by sharing what is happening via twitter: #FloodWallStreet

See you in the streets and on the internet.

Brad @BradASchenck

 


People's Climate March Logistics in NYC

The air is thick with excitement and people-power as thousands and thousands are heading to New York to join in the People’s Climate March on Sunday.  

Rainforest Action Network staff and friends will be organizing the “Challenge Corporate Power” contingent at the march to send the message that winning the fight against global warming means challenging corporations that put profits before people and the planet. If you are going to be in New York too, we’d love to march together with you.

Here are the essential details.

Challenge Corporate Power contingent
Sunday September 21st
Central Park West between 79th and 80th streets (look for the RAN banners)
Join us at the meet-up point between 8am and 11am
March starts at 11:30am

Hashtag: #ChallengeCorporatePower

(Once our contingent fills up, people will be re-directed to the back of the march so come early if you want to be guaranteed to march with us.)

Closest subway stops are 1 to 79th street or C to 81st street. For more logistical info about the march check out peoplesclimate.org/logistics.

We’ll be Retweeting content on @RAN so be sure to share your pics with #ChallengeCorporatePower. If you can’t make it search that hashtag and retweet others!

RAN's Climate March image

 

See you in the streets,
Adrienne, Amanda, Chelsea, Christy, Claire, Emm, Laurel, Lindsey,  Scott, Susana, Todd


Don't Let Big Banks Destroy the Great Barrier Reef!

Stand with RAN as we demand that Wall Street not destroy the Great Barrier Reef.

The coal industry is embarking on a project that would destroy the Great Barrier Reef by massively expanding a coal terminal and building new coal mines in eastern Australia. The resultant dredging and ship traffic would devastate this delicate ecosystem and global treasure. The climate impacts would be terrible as well -- doubling coal production in Australia, already one of the world's worst offenders in mining this dirty fossil fuel.

But the coal industry needs international bank funding to make their reckless new project happen. Several European banks have already made public commitments not to fund this horrifically destructive project. Stand with RAN as we push the big Wall Street banks to do the same. 

Take action now, and tell Wall Street you won't stand for them destroying the Great Barrier Reef.  


Add your voice!

I stand with RAN! Wall Street must not destroy the Great Barrier Reef. 

Tell the big banks to make a public commitment now!

 


Climate Leadership Summit, Chicago IL October 18-19

Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.

However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question:What would the world look like if we won?

Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future.

We are launching a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions — in cities across the country as well as through a new online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.

Our opponents in the fossil fuel industry have their own vision for the future, one defined by rising oceans and ever-increasing carbon emissions — a future where extreme energy practices fly in the face of science and common-sense, and where the worst impacts of climate change are shouldered by the communities least able to bear them.

It’s not too late to define the future we want to live in.


Together, let’s change the course.

Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summit to kick this project off. This 2 day event will bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. We will strengthen and grow local groups and prepare our movement to take action together, with our end goals in mind.

This summit will take place on Saturday from 10am-4:30pm and Sunday from 1pm-4:30pm.  RSVP now! 

WHEN
October 18, 2014 at 10am - October 19, 2014 at 3pm
WHERE
Harold Washington Public Library Center
400 S State St
8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
United States
Google map and directions
· 25 rsvps

Climate Leadership Summit, San Francisco CA November 1-2

Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.

However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question:What would the world look like if we won?

Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future.

We are launching a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions — in cities across the country as well as through a new online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.

Our opponents in the fossil fuel industry have their own vision for the future, one defined by rising oceans and ever-increasing carbon emissions — a future where extreme energy practices fly in the face of science and common-sense, and where the worst impacts of climate change are shouldered by the communities least able to bear them.

It’s not too late to define the future we want to live in.

Together, let’s change the course.

Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summit to kick this project off. This 2 day event will bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. We will strengthen and grow local groups and prepare our movement to take action together, with our end goals in mind.

This summit will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-6pm each day.  RSVP now! 

WHEN
November 01, 2014 at 1pm - November 02, 2014 at 5pm
WHERE
518 Valencia
518 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
Google map and directions
· 27 rsvps

Climate Leadership Summit, Asheville NC October 25-26

Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.

However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question:What would the world look like if we won?

Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future.

We are launching a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions — in cities across the country as well as through a new online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.

Our opponents in the fossil fuel industry have their own vision for the future, one defined by rising oceans and ever-increasing carbon emissions — a future where extreme energy practices fly in the face of science and common-sense, and where the worst impacts of climate change are shouldered by the communities least able to bear them.

It’s not too late to define the future we want to live in.

Together, let’s change the course.

Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summit to kick this project off. This 2 day event will bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. We will strengthen and grow local groups and prepare our movement to take action together, with our end goals in mind.

This summit will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-6pm each day.  RSVP now! 

WHEN
October 25, 2014 at 1pm - October 26, 2014 at 6pm
WHERE
Lenoir-Rhyne University Board Room
36 Montford Ave
2nd floor of Chamber of Commerce Bldg
Asheville , NC 28801
United States
Google map and directions
· 31 rsvps

Climate Leadership Summit, Houston TX October 18-19

Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.

However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question: What would the world look like if we won?

Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future.

We are launching a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions — in cities across the country as well as through a new online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.

Our opponents in the fossil fuel industry have their own vision for the future, one defined by rising oceans and ever-increasing carbon emissions — a future where extreme energy practices fly in the face of science and common-sense, and where the worst impacts of climate change are shouldered by the communities least able to bear them.

It’s not too late to define the future we want to live in.

Together, let’s change the course.

Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summit to kick this project off. This 2 day event will bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. We will strengthen and grow local groups and prepare our movement to take action together, with our end goals in mind.

This summit will take place on Saturday 12-4:00pm & Sunday 1-7. RSVP now! 

WHEN
October 18, 2014 at 1pm - October 19, 2014 at 6pm
WHERE
Sharespace
2201 Preston St
Houston, TX 77003
United States
Google map and directions
· 7 rsvps

Climate Leadership Summit, Louisville KY October 18-19

Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.

However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question:What would the world look like if we won?

Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future.

We are launching a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions — in cities across the country as well as through a new online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.

Our opponents in the fossil fuel industry have their own vision for the future, one defined by rising oceans and ever-increasing carbon emissions — a future where extreme energy practices fly in the face of science and common-sense, and where the worst impacts of climate change are shouldered by the communities least able to bear them.

It’s not too late to define the future we want to live in.


Together, let’s change the course.

Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summit to kick this project off. This 2 day event will bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. We will strengthen and grow local groups and prepare our movement to take action together, with our end goals in mind. 

This summit will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-6pm each day.  RSVP now! 

 

If anyone attending from out-of-town is interested in a home-stay, we will attempt to accommodate. Contact Drew for more information.  

WHEN
October 18, 2014 at 1pm - October 19, 2014 at 6pm
WHERE
First Unitarian Church
809 S Fourth St
Louisville, KY 40203
United States
Google map and directions
· 60 rsvps

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