For Immediate Release
New Voices on Climate Change North American Tour Launched
BURLINGTON, Vermont - Global Justice Ecology
Project's New Voices on Climate Change
tour was launched on Monday, September 14th at the University of
Vermont. The tour will travel from New England, to the G20 in
Appalachia, the midwest, southeast, Quebec and the final leg of the
fall tour will culminate on November 30, 2009 in the West Coast.
November 30th is
the 10th anniversary of the WTO Shutdown in Seattle, and is a key
organizing date for climate actions around the world this year.
Hallie Boas, Coordinator of New Voices on Climate Change stated, "We
launched the New Voices tour to raise awareness about the root causes
implications of human-induced climate change." She continued, "The
tour is intended to inspire and empower audiences to be aware of real
community based solutions to climate change already being implemented
all over the world and to build the U.S. movement for climate justice,
educating people about the particularly pivotal role of U.S. climate
policy in preparation for the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen,
The first speaker on the tour is Anastasia Pinto , Executive Director of CORE
(Center for Organizing, Research and Education) in India. Ms. Pinto is
traveling throughout the northeast U.S. and
speaking on climate change, gender justice and Indigenous rights. Her
tour will finish at the G20 meetings in Pittsburgh, September 24-25.
"Climate change and false solutions to climate change are having an
especially great impact on women and indigenous peoples in the
developing world, including my home country, India," stated Ms. Pinto.
"If we are going to have any hope of stopping the climate crisis, we
together to take strong action," she concluded.
Other sections of the tour feature Jihan Gearon  from the Indigenous
Environmental Network Faith Gemmel,  an indigenous organizer for REDOIL, Camila Moreno,  from Terra de Direitos, a Brazilian NGO, and the final speaker of the fall tour is Fiu Mataese
Elisara,  an indigenous Samoan activist.
Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project
stated, "There are actions planned around the U.S. and all over the
November 30, the day the tour ends. This is also one week before the
beginning of the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. World
leaders are gathering there to discuss creating a new global agreement
on climate change. People are mobilizing globally to demand these
real steps toward dealing with the climate crisis and do not merely
focus on pro-corporate, profit-oriented false solutions. The New Voices
part of this mobilizing process to ensure that the Copenhagen climate
talks must not become the CorporateHaven climate talks," she continued.