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On Human Rights Day, US Impacted Communities Protest at Paris Peace Wall

COP21 Agreement is a Crime Against Humanity and Nature


On Dec 10, International Human Day, a broad coalition of impacted communities will gather for a street theater protest at the Peace Wall in Paris calling on the US delegation to reject false solutions that are the basis of the COP21 agreement.

Representatives from Indigenous, Black, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander organizations have united under the banner, It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm, representing communities living alongside fracking wells, coal power plants, and oil refineries and already facing the worst impacts of the climate crisis. "The US delegation has been leading other member states in a strategy of pollution trading that allows big oil to continue to pollute our communities and also threatens the livelihood of indigenous communities across the Global South. On both fronts, COP21 will lead to massive human rights violations," noted Cindy Wiesner, national co-ordinator of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, and an It Takes Roots delegate.

The three-pronged action includes performances with powerful visual metaphors of roots, storm and seeds. This action-performance will illustrate the current, global spiral towards environmental and economic destruction, while shining a light on the resilience of climate change impacted communities that are resisting these devastations head on. The action will highlight how it is also these very marginalized communities who are coming up with the real, alternative solutions that can simultaneously rebuild economies through alternative models like just transition, cooperative systems, collective ownership, etc. while restoring essential ecological balance.

"We are deeply concerned at President Obama's failure to model authentic leadership in the global arena, and appalled by the glaring contradictions between his moving speech and actual action. The US has been leading the model of voluntary emission cuts, carbon market loopholes, and false solutions. We refuse to accept that," said Brandon King of the It Takes Roots Delegation.

The protesters chose the Peace Wall to also call attention to rising US militarism, resource wars and global conflicts. Representatives from Iraq Veterans Against the War will lift a large "No War, No Warming" banner in protest of the escalating bombing of the Middle East.

When: ThursdayDecember, 10, 2015 at 11am

Where: The Peace Wall, Paris, France Map Here

Visuals: Street theater, Song, Drums, Banners