Climate Justice Activists Risk Arrest, say “No” to Carbon Trading at Carbon Trading Summit, Joined by Reverend Billy

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Climate Justice Activists Risk Arrest, say “No” to Carbon Trading at Carbon Trading Summit, Joined by Reverend Billy

Activists may risk arrest at memorable action at summit.

NEW YORK, NY - Climate justice activists, some of whom were at the Copenhagen climate summit, will converge to protest the 2nd
Annual Carbon Trading Summit, the largest annual meeting place of
corporations, banks, and lobby groups to support a carbon trading
scheme. Activists will rally to oppose market-based trading of
greenhouse gas emissions credits and call for real solutions to the
climate crisis. Some activists will be engaging in nonviolent direct
action during which they may risk arrest to express their resistance to
carbon trading.

"The same Wall Street bankers who gave us the global climate crisis are trying to own the sky," stated Brian Tokar, director of the Institute for Social Ecology
and an organizer of this week's protest events. "Carbon trading is
unjust, it will not work, and it is a false solution. It is a dangerous
distraction from the urgent measures needed to prevent an
ever-worsening destabilization of the climate."

The demonstrators will be joined by Reverend Billy of the Church of Life After Shopping,
an outspoken critic of carbon trading, consumerism, and more who
delivers his critique with the fire and brimstone of a televangelist.
Other speakers include Bhaia Heller, Professor of Womens Studies at Mount Holyoke University and Father Paul Mayer, co-founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition and religious community leader.

Participants
inside the Carbon Trading Summit will include executives from JP Morgan
Chase, Goldman Sachs, Duke Energy and more.

"I
don't trust these people to make decisions about the future of
humanity," said one young participant, who wished not to give her name
because she will be risking arrest today. "If we follow through with
market-based solutions like carbon trading, everyone will regret it. We
need to stop believing the corporations' false solutions and put all
our collective energy into getting this conversation onto a track
that's useful."

Dr. James Hansen, renowned climate scientist, was present outside the Carbon Trading Summit yesterday to voice his opposition to carbon trading schemes.

"Cap-and-trade is not a smart approach," wrote Hansen his book Storms of My Grandchildren.
Hansen has stated that current US climate legislation is "worse than
nothing" because it relies on risky and ineffective cap-and-trade. He
also declared that the failure to reach an agreement in Copenhagen was
a better outcome than adopting the carbon-trade-based approach that was
being negotiated.

On
Sunday a panel of climate justice experts met to address carbon trading
and a briefing report-back on Copenhagen at an event open to
supporters, the press, and the public. Speakers included climate
justice scholar Michael Dorsey, professor at Dartmouth College, who
also served as environmental policy advisor for President Obama's
presidential campaign.

"Carbon
trade is a complete sham," said Dorsey. "It has been tried and tested
in the EU and elsewhere and has done nothing to bring down emissions.
People of the island nations, sub-Saharan Africa, the Arctic and
elsewhere are facing extermination in the face of global warming and
yet these people inside this summit seem to view it as a shopping
opportunity. Trading emissions to pollute is nothing more than
‘disaster capitalism.'"

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Climate SOS, Rising Tide North America, Beyond Talk (Climate Pledge of Resistance), Institute for Social Ecology, The Change You Want to See Gallery and others are gathering allies to protest the Carbon Trading Summit. To join this effort and take a stand for climate justice, for real solutions, and for the future of our planet, please contact countercarbontrading@actforclimatejustice.org, or visit us on Facebook.

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