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The Cochabamba Global Convergance call out: Local assembly and listening points

Greetings to all those working for global climate justice

The COP15 process was a disaster, all are agreed. It is up to us, global social movements to organize and bring about change, now!. The next very important step starts in 4 days time in Cochabamba, Bolivia: World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (april 19 monday -22 thursday). There is a call out for a Hemispheric convergence (from american to global) the creation of local physical spaces during these dates in an attempt to further horizontalize the process, allow for more people to participate, to act as local gathering points to:

1 – listen to/ watch output from Cochabamba
2 – create local assemblies to discuss global/ local issues, strategies etc…
3 – participate via local assemblies with groups in cochabamba via Mayfirst collective who will be “organising virtual interactive meetings”

See end of post for technical details or view original call out from Alfredo Lopez alfredo at Join us at Cochabamba/USA event April 20!

The idea of more people / groups / networks participating together in a singular point in time in their local area, is perhaps a vital mechanism / space / system that we, social movements, have not utilized to its full potential. If we push it, we might really feel that WE ARE WINNING.

Last December in cold Copenhagen much things happened. Since, most people only think about the disaster of the official COP15, but for more of us who were there on the streets, magical things happened that have filled us with hope and on which we are building. 100,000 marched in Copenhagen on the Saturday demanding SYSTEM CHANGE NOT CLIMATE CHANGE. This PEOPLES ASSEMBLY in Cochabamba is but the second step!

During those cold days of activity on the streets of Copenhagen, RECLAIM POWER was the main CJA (climate justice action) demo. We succeeded in our aim, partly (due to police violence not allowing people inside the centre out- gaurdian vid here), which was to create an open, horizontal space for a PEOPLES ASSEMBLY. We managed to make a live radio stream of that assembly thanks to indymedia and dissident island (  THE PEOPLES ASSEMBLY | POST HORIZONTAL PROCESS FEEDBACK SESSION + Joyfull insights | RECLAIM POWER SOUNDSCAPE ), but only a few people listened. If we can improve this area of COMMUNICATION, perhaps we can really radicalise our battle, lets try next week. Full streams from Cochabamba in both Spanish and English can be viewed also at

Climate Camp UK is sending a few people to Bolivia. They will be using Twitter to link to news, reports, info, multimedia uploads and blogs before, during and after the conference: Also, you can follow what’s going & feedback to climate camp people in Bolivia here: ning, blog and facebook.

We have had initial discussions about setting up these “listening nodes” to plug into the MAYFIRST network in Dublin, Ireland (via seomra spraoi) and in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain (transition, el clima no esta en venda, decreixament groups). We will add more as we hear of them. A previous similar experiment was tried during the 2007 world social forum in Kenya: Indymedia radio support for WSF 2007 from Kenya +

This is step 2… paso a paso, hasta la victoria…



(Peoples assembly @ Copenhagen 2009 – the first step…)

( covered Copenhagen and will stream out in Spanish and English from Cochabamba)



April 15, 2010 at 10:58 am 8 comments

Reclaim Power, that talk, that “riot”, that action, the consequences

Just over a month ago in Copenhagen’s free town of Cristiania there were firey words spoken, followed by baracades of fire, conflict with riot police and mass arrests of cliamte justice activists.  The talk, with Noami Klein and others, led to the later arrest of Tadzio Muller for “instigating a riot” under the new Danish “anti terrorist laws“. The talk was our “party night”, December 14th 2009, 2 days before the RECLAIM POWER demo… PUSHING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

Below is the video compilation of that important talk, what happened after and what that has led to. Reclaim Power was not an end in itself, it was only that hugely difficult and important first step…

That talk

Reclaim Power with Naomi Klein, Michael Heart, Tadzio Müller and Lisa Fithian

(Video in 9 Parts, thanks to professorakbar, see end of article for all embedded vids)

That “riot”

Democracy Now report: Danish Police Raid Climate Justice Gathering

Meanwhile, outside the summit, Danish police are intensifying their crackdown on climate justice activists. Late last night riot police raided Copenhagens autonomous community of Christiania as it played host to a party organized by protest groups. Witnesses say police fired tear gas directly at the party as attendees were dancing and gathering inside. Some protesters were said to have thrown bottles at police and set fire to barricades. More than 200 people were reportedly arrested. The Christiania raid comes ahead of a massive act of civil disobedience planned for Wednesday. Organizers of the Reclaim Power action say theyll disrupt the summit and hold a peoples assembly giving voice to those calling for climate justice.


January 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm 21 comments

From Copenhagen to Cochabomba…

COP15 was only the first step in the battle to protect Mother Earth

At the closing sessions of  COP15, on Friday afternoon December 18,  a joint news conference was held with Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. They spared no criticism of the climate conference in Copenhagen and called the proceedings undemocratic. They echoed the calls from Klimaforum and various global social movements for System Change and both said that if we are to live sustainably, capitalism will have to come to an end. Chavez saluted the Climate Action Protesters who were busy out in the streets and read out some of their slogans. Evo Morales called for the most ambitious proposal so far by any head of state; on world leaders to hold temperature increases over the next century to just one degree Celsius. Morales also called on the United States and other wealthy nations to pay an ecological debt to Bolivia and other developing nations.

Subsequently, arising from the overall failure of COP15 a Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights will take place on Mother Earth Day April 22, 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez closing remarks to COP15

Evo Morales: Spanish 1 | Hugo Chavez: Spanish with subtitles english 1 | 2 | 3 English, Dubbed over, Official COP15 broadcast 1 | 2 | 3


January 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm 4 comments

KLIMAFORUM DECLARATION – System Change – Not Climate Change

The KLIMAFORUM DECLARATION was presented by Ms. Mathilde Kaalund-Jørgensen and Mr. Juan N. Rojas, as members from Civil Society’s Climate Forum Speaking on behalf of the Klimaforum09, in the Tycho Brahe Hall at the UNFCCC Plenary on  the 18th of December 2009.

The declaration communicates the diversity of the wide range of grassroots movements that were present in Copenhagen and had been in communication for some time. Together through the declaration, global struggles for climate justice have made a list of very strong basic demands. It is very hearthening to see the wide range of groups from all around the planet that have signed up to support its demands, that group is presently over 500 and growing.

The demands are the following:

  • A complete abandonment of fossil fuels within the next 30 years, which must include specific milestones for every 5-year period. We demand an immediate cut in GHG of industrialized countries of at least 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2020.
  • Recognition, payment and compensation of climate debt for the overconsumption of atmospheric space and adverse effects of climate change on all affected groups and people.
  • A rejection of purely market-oriented and technology-centred false and dangerous solutions such as nuclear energy, agro-fuels, carbon capture and storage, Clean Development Mechanisms, biochar, genetically “climate-readied” crops, geo-engineering, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which deepens social and environmental conflicts.
  • Real solutions to climate crisis based on safe, clean, renewable, and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as transitions to food, energy, land, and water sovereignty.

The video of the presentations given to UNFCC can be viewed here and also on the official UNFCC site. All details about the this process in spanish can be found at the following: Declaración de los pueblos en Klimaforum09

Below are a few videos about the creation of the Declaration, made from KlimaTV


January 13, 2010 at 10:04 am 15 comments

Cambiando el mundo despuis CPH | Changing the world after Copenhagen – fotos, vids, audios, commenteries – VIVA PACHAMAMA

El Pueblo unido jamás será vencido

(The people united, will never be defeated)

Slowly getting back to the “normal world” after hectic, v intense time @ CPH, followed by switch off time in nature and wandering to reflect on it all, and to prepare for next chapter…

Lentemente, volviendo al “mundo normal” despuis estas dias tan loco y intenso @ CPH ( copenhagen), siguendo con tiempo solo en la natura y viajando por reflechir sobre todos, y por preparar por la proximo capitulo en esta historia…

Esta articulo tiene algunas de los links principales por fotos, video, audio, articulos y mas despuis nuestras luchas en los callers frios de Copenhagen

This article has some of the principal links to photos, video, audio, articles and more from our struggles in the cold streets of Copenhagen


(long live mother earth)

(video – Peoples assembly)


January 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm 17 comments

Echec et victoire à Copenhague (avec audio)

Pour nous, qui sont revenus de Copenhagen pleins d’espoir et d’énergie, c’était étrange de se rendre compte que beaucoup de ceux et celles qui ont suivi l’affaire de loin l’on vécu comme une catastrophe. Pourtant, c’était évident depuis un moment qu’il y aurait « au mieux » un accord sur de fausses (quoique très profitables) solutions. Les analystes critiques, comme des savants de pointe comme James Hansen, disaient déjà que No Deal serait mieux que leur Bad Deal. Finalement le deal proposé était si mauvais qu’il était impossible de l’imposer (le soi-disant Accord de Copenhague n’a pas été accepté par toutes les parties).

Dégoûtés par la cupidité et irresponsabilité totale des puissants, beaucoup ne se rendent pas compte que cette farce tragique – et l’action unitaire de différents réseaux de base – a ouvert un nouvel espace politique dans lequel de vraies solutions ont une chance. Alors que j’écris, arrive l’invitation de Evo Morales à un sommet mondial des mouvements sociaux sur le changement climatique. L’espace grandit. Comme disait un des slogans à Copenhague « Who’s summit ? Our summit ! »

Related Audio file: After many battles in Copenhagen, where does the climate justice movement go from here.


January 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm 1 comment

HANDEL MACHT KLIMA-Karawane Tagebuch

Freitag, 11.12.09: Kopenhagen


´Don´t buy the lie´ war das Motto vom heutigen Anti-Corporate-Day. Als Sammelpunkt dient der Nytorv Platz in der Innenstadt, Ziel ist die Störung von Lobby-Arbeit durch dänische Konzerne. Farbige Bänder kennzeichnen die Gruppen: Eine Gruppe will versuchen, in die Gebäude zu kommen, eine Gruppe soll sie schützen. Die Noise-Group macht sich mit Samba-Band auf den Weg, die Visibility-Gruppe soll Sichtbarkeit mit zum Beispiel Plakaten oder Graffities kreieren. Momo hat ein blaues Band, aber was es heißt, weiß sie nicht. Irgendwie enden alle ab als Noise-Gruppe, vielfach durchschnitten und teilweise gekesselt durch Polizeiketten. Das eine Mal hilft Dreistigkeit, um durchzukommen. Das andere Mal werden Dunk und Suria von Polizisten in den Kessel hineingezogen und gestoßen, der Rest ihrer Bezugsgruppe steht noch draußen und kann es nicht fassen. Dunk nutzt die Präsenz mehrerer Kameras, Suria über die Situation bei sich zu Hause und ihre Gründe für ihr Kommen zu interviewen. Die Polizisten stehen dumpf daneben und geben irgendwann auf – allerdings nur, um dann den Rest der Bezugsgruppe mit zu kesseln. Aber nicht für lange, dann verziehen sie sich lieber.

So geht es noch länger weiter – ist ganz lustig.



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