From Copenhagen and Cancun to Bonn and Durban, Climate Meetings are Conferences of Polluters By Patrick Bond

4 July 2011 — Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 523

Judging by what transpired at the global climate negotiations in the former West German capital, Bonn, it appears certain that in just over five months’ time, the South African port city of Durban will host a conference of climate procrastinators, the COP17 (Conference of Parties), dooming the Earth to the frying pan. Further inaction on climate change will leave our city’s name as infamous for elite incompetence and political betrayal as is Oslo‘s in the Middle East.

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Global Warming: "Fixing the Climate Data around the Policy" By Michel Chossudovsky

2 December, 2009 – Global Research

More than 15,000 people will be gathering in Copenhagen for COP 15: the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Official delegations from 192 nations will mingle with the representatives of  major multinational corporations, including Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, The representatives of environmental and civil society organizations will also be in attendance. Parties & Observers

Heads of state and heads of government are slated to be in appearance in the later part of the Summit event. (See The essentials in Copenhagen – COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009)

It is worth noting that key decisions and orientations on COP15 had already been wrapped up at the World Business Summit on Climate Change (WBSCC) held in May in Copenhagen, six months ahead of COP15.

The WBSCC brought together some of the World’s most prominent business executives and World leaders including Al Gore and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. (The World Business Summit on Climate Change, includes webcast)

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Invitation to the 7th International meeting for Climate Justice Action 

28 November, 2009

And call to participate in Direct Action for Climate Justice at the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15)

When: Saturday the 5th, Sunday the 6th, and Friday the 11th of December 2009.
Where: Copenhagen Denmark.

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On December 6th, 2009 the governments of the world will come to Copenhagen for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place. Yet, previous meetings have produced nothing more than business as usual.

You are invited to the next international meeting of Climate Justice Action in Copenhagen, Denmark just prior to the UN Climate Conference (COP-15). Climate Justice Action meetings will also be held during the week of the UN meetings (Dec 11 onwards) in order to share information about actions and coordinate plans for the upcoming year of climate justice.

The Climate Justice Action network has built links around the world and brought together plans for mass mobilization. With direct action we will reclaim the power of people and push for climate justice. We will make sure that the most affected and most struggling people are heard during the COP15 and we will work to stop the world leaders from promoting false solutions. We believe that the global movement for climate justice will kick off in Copenhagen in December, and we need to collectively visualize what our future will be when we put people before profit.

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Denmark Aims to Criminalize Climate Protests

1 November, 2009 — Climate and Capitalism

As the Copenhagen climate summit approaches, the Danish government is rushing through a harsh new law that allows preventive detention, increases fines and extends sentences for demonstrators

Derek Wall (Another Green World) shares this proposed letter to Danish authorities, written by an ecosocialist activist in Copenhagen. He encourages activists worldwide to send similar protests to the Danish embassies in their countries.

We write to express our concern about the proposed ‘hoodlum’ law which is planned by your government. The bill that will be put before the Danish parliament, in a few weeks, has serious implications for anyone who is intending to demonstrate, or protest in any way, during the COP15 summit in Copenhagen this December.

It is clear from the timing, that your government intends this bill to become law by the time of the summit. We understand that the proposed bill will greatly increase the Police’s powers of arrest.

Among its main provisions: the extension of the period of ‘preventative’ arrest from six to twelve hours; an increase in maximum sentence for obstructing a police officer of up to forty days, even for a first offence; as well as a host of measures which greatly increase the penalties for breaking the law regarding public protests.

These measures, if approved, will effectively criminalize protests involving any degree of peaceful civil disobedience. At the same time, a climate of fear is being generated by certain elements of the Danish media about the prospect of thousands of climate activists descending on Copenhagen. We think this is no coincidence. It is therefore clear that the law is aimed at the many thousands of climate activists, from all over the globe, who will be coming to Copenhagen.

It appears to us that the Danish government and media is hostile to both the protesters and their message.

We therefore call upon the Danish government not to pursue this legislation and to allow protesters to demonstrate and congregate without police harassment.

More information on the proposed law.

Class War at the Copenhagen Climate Change Talks

3 September, 2009 — Climate and Capitalism

Climate change too is class war. Copenhagen is the next battle.

Editorial from the coming issue of Socialist Resistance, Thanks to Liam Mac Uaid for making it available.

In December the world’s rulers will meet in Copenhagen to discuss what they will do when the notably unsuccessful Kyoto Protocol expires. They won’t be alone. Lobbyists from the aviation, petrochemical and mining industries will be pressurising them in defence of their ‘right’ to alter the planet’s climate by pumping millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Writing in this issue Phil Thornhill of the Campaign Against Climate Change says of Kyoto, ‘it was so weak and so full of holes that it was not going to achieve any significant concrete results.’ In Copenhagen the stakes are much higher. Earlier this year Kim Carstensen of the WWF said, ‘We are at the point where our climate system is starting to spin out of control… the latest science confirms that we are now seeing devastating consequences of warming that were not expected to hit for decades.’

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