Global Day of Action on Climate Crisis on November 30

For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Kim Marks, Mobilization for Climate Justice, Rising Tide North America +1-503-539-7471
Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, Mobilization for Climate Justice +1-802-578-0477 (will be on site in Copenhagen Dec. 3 to Dec. 20)
Ananda Tan, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Mobilization for Climate Justice +1-415-374-0615

Global Day of Action on Climate Crisis on November 30

NATIONWIDE - On
November 30, major demonstrations, teach-ins and civil disobedience
actions will take place in nine cities around the U.S.-in Chicago, New
York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Burlington, VT, two cities in
Maine, and Washington DC, as well as several other countries-one week
before the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen open, and on the 10th anniversary
of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protest in Seattle in 1999.  The
Mobilization for Climate Justice, a broad and diverse coalition of
organizations working for social, environmental, economic and racial
justice is calling for urgent action on the global climate crisis,
based on equitable, democratic and science-based solutions.  

As world leaders gather in
Copenhagen, the people hit hardest by this crisis and the least
responsible for its cause-working class, Indigenous and people of color
communities around the world-have been systematically excluded and are
demanding a voice at the table. Meanwhile, the world's major
corporations have been dominating international and domestic climate
policy - as they did in the international trade policy arena.
Carbon-trading and carbon offset projects have already allowed these
polluters to avoid cutting emissions and expand their markets into poor
countries, accelerating corporate take-over of the world's resources at
the expense of local and Indigenous communities.  

"We cannot allow the
world's largest corporate polluters to continue robbing our children's
future," stated Carla Perez of Movement Generation Justice and Ecology
Project, who will be marching with her daughter in a parade of children
and the Raging Grannies. "US corporations have been holding real
climate solutions hostage, while burdening our communities with ongoing
attacks on our health and livelihoods." 

Well-known climate
scientist Dr. James Hansen has said lawmakers should abandon
cap-and-trade initiatives altogether and implement a simple carbon tax
instead. He said during a speech at Columbia University in May 2009,
"It's time to take a stand on global warming. I am not a politician; I
am a scientist and a citizen. Politicians may have to advocate for
halfway measures if they choose. But it is our responsibility to make
sure our representatives feel the full force of citizens who speak for
what is right, not what is politically expedient."  Dr. Hansen wrote in
his book Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity,
"The picture has become clear. Our planet, with its remarkable array of
life, is in imminent danger of crashing... But we should not give up on
the democratic system-quite the contrary. We must fight for the
principle of equal justice. Civil resistance may be our best hope." 

Activists in around the
U.S. are preparing for non-violent direct action against major climate
polluters and their financiers, and also at the Chicago Climate
Exchange, the first and largest carbon trading institution in North
America. In recent months, millions of people around the world have
been taking action to protect their communities and the global climate.
Shutting down coal power plants, blockading oil refineries and marching
on the streets of their cities, an increasing number of people are
speaking out against climate pollution and calling for urgent action.  

The U.S. is home to some
of the world's most egregious corporate climate polluters such as
Chevron, Exxon and American Electric Power, along with their
financiers, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase. The
false solutions promoted by these corporations, like "clean coal",
nuclear energy, bio-fuels and carbon markets will delay urgent
emissions reductions, threaten ecosystems and subsidize the
construction of more toxic industries in the backyards of the poor. 

Specific Times and Locations:

  • 11 a.m. CST Chicago:
    Rally at Federal Plaza, marches to the Chicago Climate Exchange, the
    first and largest carbon trading institution in North America 
  • 8:00 a.m. EST Washington DC: March from US Chamber of Commerce (H St. NW & Connecticut St. NW) to other corporate polluters and their lobbyists.
  • Nov. 29-Nov. 30 Boston: "Sleepout" on Boston Commons in front of the State House, followed by morning lobbying and 12 noon rally at City Hall Plaza, followed by march to offices of Sen. John Kerry
  • 12 noon EST New York: Rally
    at Bank of America (16th and 5th Ave. nr Union Sq.); colorful
    procession with marching band to offices of US CAP member Natural
    Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for Speak Out with climate scientist
    Dr. James Hansen and others. Street theatric to follow.
  • Maine: Rally in downtown Portland; rally and march in Bangor
  • 12 noon PST Seattle, Washington: Climate! Justice! Assembly, Westlake Park, 401 Pine
  • 3 pm EST Burlington, VT: Davis Student Center at UVM rally, followed by a march to the federal building.
  • 11:30 am PST San Francisco:
    Justin Herman Plaza rally, followed by 12 noon march to Bank of
    America, 345 Montgomery St. where non-violent civil disobedience will
    take place

 

The Mobilization for Climate Justice is calling for

  • Drastic
    emissions reductions guided by science, without carbon trading,
    offsetting or other corporate-driven false solutions like nuclear
    power", biofuels, clean coal" and incinerators.
  • Protection for the rights of
    those most impacted by polluting industries, climate change impacts and
    the transition to a clean energy economy.
  • Re-localization
    of production and consumption, favoring local markets, cooperative
    economies and community-controlled, renewable energy systems.
  • Rights-based resource
    conservation that enforces Indigenous land rights and ends corporate
    control over energy, forests, seeds, land and water.
  • An
    end to forest and biodiversity destruction, and international sanctions
    and tariffs supported by Indigenous peoples, peasants, fisher-folk and
    other frontline communities.

more info: www.actforclimatejustice.org

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The Mobilization for Climate Justice is a North America-based network of organizations and activists who have joined together to build a North American climate justice movement that emphasizes non-violent direct action and public education to mobilize for effective and just solutions to the climate crisis. The Mobilization for Climate Justice invites communities, organizations and activists across North America to join us in organizing mass action on climate change on November 30, 2009 (N30). N30 is significant because it both immediately precedes the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP-15) and is the ten-year anniversary of the successful shut down of the WTO in Seattle, when activists worldwide came together to demonstrate the power of collective action. The Copenhagen climate meetings will be a major focus for international mass actions this November and December, and the MCJ is linked to these efforts as well.

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