Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1509. Join the March for Climate Justice on September 21

By Kamran Nayeri, August 12, 2014

On September 23rd, political and corporate leaders are meeting at the United Nations in New York City for the Climate Summit 2014. This summit represents yet another step towards the corporate takeover of the UN climate negotiations, and the privatization of land, water and air resources under the guise of a global climate compact. 
In response, Climate Justice Alliance has issued a call for a People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday September 21.  There will also be a week long series of activities including a People’s Climate Justice Summit to discuss and issue demands reflecting the needs and interests of “Indigenous peoples’ communities, communities of color and working-class white communities that are the first and most impacted by the storms, floods and droughts, are organizing to create millions of family-supporting jobs in clean energy, public transportation, zero waste, food sovereignty, community housing and ecosystem restoration.”
The Climate Justice Alliance calls on other organizations and individuals to:
Join us in the streets of NYC for a week of creative non-violent actions for Climate Justice
Organize a delegation to join the People’s Climate March & People’s Climate Justice Summit in NYC
Organize a creative action in your home community that highlights local solutions to climate change
Spread this call to action amongst your respective networks and social media outlets
The Climate Justice Alliance members are:
Alliance for Appalachia
ACE for Environmental Justice
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Black Mesa Water Coalition
Catskills Mountainkeeper
Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
Center for Story-based Strategy
Communities for a Better Environment
Community to Community Development
Cornell Global Labor Institute
East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Energy Justice Network
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Global Justice Ecology Project
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Grassroots International
Indigenous Environmental Network
Institute for Policy Studies
Ironbound Community Corporation
Jobs With Justice
Just Transition Alliance
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Labor Community Strategy Center
Labor Network for Sustainability
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment
Movement Generation
Movement Strategy Center
NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
New York City EJ Alliance
People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER)
Right to the City Alliance
Rising Tide North America
Ruckus Society
Southwest Organizing Project
Southwest Workers Union

System Change not Climate Change, an ecological socialist coalition, has endorsed the September 21 call and its affiliated local groups are organizing to join the New York march or local protests, including one in Oakland, California, that Our Place in the World cosponsors.  
I urge all readers of Our Place in the Word in the United States to join these activities.  Also, I urge others elsewhere in the world to join similar activities where they are taking place or organize such activities. Even modest house gathering with friends, families, co-workers, neighbors to discuss catastrophic climate change, it causes, and how to stop and reverse it would be a welcome step forward.  
Climate change is a time sensitive concern. The window of opportunity to act to stop and reverse it is relatively brief beyond which the dynamics of global warming gets out of human control.  No one knows what will happen if the average global temperature continue to rise beyond two degrees centigrade.  Life of many species as well as our own is at stake.  The time to act in NOW.  

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