The international climate negotiations is not the only arena of our struggles for climate justice. But it is a critical one which now more than ever requires much stronger concerted efforts — to counter moves by powerful governments, international institutions and global corporations that will bring more harm to people and planet, and to fight for global measures that will stave off catastrophic climate change and enable peope to deal with present and future impacts.
To pave the way for more powerful collective campaigning – several organizations worked together on a call for a “Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice” that is directed at all governments and the international climate talks and effectively combines “inside” and “outside” actions – from now to Durban and beyond.
The call serves as an appeal and invitation to work together in advancing the demands outined. These demands are expressed only in general terms in the Call but certainly should be expanded and substantiated based on unities already reached by climate justice movments and updated to address current developments.
We urge you to join this Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice and sign on to the call as an expression of your commitment
“GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO DEMAND CLIMATE JUSTICE”
We are movements and organizations engaged in many struggles for a new world – a world in which the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of peoples everywhere have priority over the profit of corporations and the excess of elites. In the year ahead, our solidarity and collective action is extremely crucial. Climate change is already having devastating impacts globally and is accelerating. The window for preventing the breach of tipping points and stopping climate catastrophe is rapidly closing.
Climate change is more than multiplying the sufferings of people already burdened by the global injustices of hunger, dispossession and violation of human rights. It is a crisis that also threatens to wipe out vast populations and profoundly change life on Earth. We must act with clarity, cohesion and courage if we are to stabilize the Earth’s climate system and secure a just and sustainable world.
Like other global crises, climate change arises principally from historically unequal economic and social structures, from practices and policies promoted by rich, industrialized countries, and from systems of production and consumption that sacrifice the needs of the many to the interests of a few. The affected peoples of the world bear little responsibility for the climate crisis yet suffer its worst effects and are deprived of the means to respond.
Addressing these challenges requires profound social transformation in all countries and at all levels – local, national and global. It requires a rapid shift to systems and methods of production and consumption that are compatible with the limits of the planet and are aimed at meeting the needs of peoples rather than the relentless pursuit of profit.
Part of the process of profound social transformation is fighting for and achieving immediate concrete results in terms of drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and enabling people to deal with the impacts of the climate crisis.
It is in this light that we are engaged in the fight for an international climate architecture that is rooted in science, equity and justice. Governments meeting at this year’s UN Climate Conference in Durban must end years of delay and meet their moral, historical and legal obligations.
Rather than honoring their historical responsibilities and legal commitments, governments of rich industrialized countries have been trying to reverse Climate Convention principles and dismantle existing agreements. This effort started with the so-called Copenhagen Accord , was advanced by the Cancun outcomes, and may reach culmination in Durban. Among other things, they are seeking to impose a domestic “pledge and review” system, deregulate multilateral climate rules and promote false solutions such as the expansion of carbon markets. Their efforts must be met with intensified resistance.
As part of a broader struggle to achieve climate justice, reparations for climate debt and a profound global transformation – we demand from all governments that if the international negotiations are to mean anything, they must deliver outcomes that will
Prevent catastrophic climate change and ensure just and fair sharing of drastic emission reductions. Limit temperature rise to well below 1.5º C and bring it down to 1º C as fast as possible. Rich industrialized countries to fulfill their existing legally binding commitments and undertake drastic emissions cuts without offsets in line with their fair share of the global carbon budget that takes into account historical per capita emissions. Offsets and other loopholes must be removed. The US must commit to comparable targets, based on its historical responsibility;
Stop false solutions. Stop the implementation and pursuit of false solutions such as carbon trading, market-based approaches to forests, soil and water, large-scale geo-engineering and techno-fixes, nuclear energy, mega hydro dams, agro-fuels, and clean coal; and
Ensure adequate and appropriate finance on the basis of countries’ responsibility for climate debt and obligation to make reparations to all affected peoples. Rich, industrialized countries to cover the full costs of enabling peoples of developing countries and other affected communities to deal with the impacts of climate change (including past, present and future losses), as well as the costs of enabling developing countries to shift to equitable, post carbon sustainable systems. Climate finance must not be in the form of debt-creating instruments and should be channeled through a democratic and accountable global fund that is independent of other international financial institutions and upholds the principles of direct access and country-determined, participatory decisions on the use of funds.
Ensure appropriate technology transfers without intellectual property barriers. Developed countries must ensure free sharing of safe, appropriate and ecologically and socially sound technologies.
Advance the transformation to Equitable, Democratic Post Carbon Systems. Take decisive steps towards the profound transformation of the system based on equity, science and the rights of peoples to live well in harmony with and respect for Mother Earth. Transform social and economic structures and technologies and re-orient policies to move away from profit-driven, growth oriented, high-carbon, elite-dominated exploitative systems and instead ensure a just transition to people-driven, equitable, democratic, post carbon sustainable development.
We urge all movements, peoples’ organizations, civil society groups and all concerned citizens to come together in a Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice. Let us kick off this campaign together with coordinated mobilizations in a Week of Global Actions for Climate Justice on November 20 to 26!
Initial List of Participatinng Movements and Organizations
International and Regional Networks and Organizations
Africa Trade Network
African Water Network (AWN)
Asia Pacific Network on Food Sovereignty
Asia/Pacific Network on Food Sovereignty (APNFS)
Asian Reigonal Exchanges for New Alernatives (ARENA)
IBON Foundation, Inc.
International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights
International Forum on Globalization (IFG)
Jubilee South – Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD)
LDC Watch International
Migrant Forum Asia (MFA)
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
Social Watch International
South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)
South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy
Third World Network (TWN)
USA and Europe
Action Aid USA
Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale Italy
Fair Watch Italy
Friends of the Earth USA
Friends of the Eathth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI)
Polaris Institute Canada
Sustainable Energy and Economic Network, Institute for Policy Studies
World Development Movement
Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) South Africa
Amandla Magazine South Africa
CJN! Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Democratic Left Front South Africa
Economic Justice Network of the fellowship of Christian Councils
Plate-forme haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif
Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE) South Africa
Union pour la Solidarité et l’Entraide
Latin America and the Caribbean
Ecologistas en Accion
FASE Solidarity and Education – Brazil
Friends of the Earth El Salvador
Plataforma Boliviana Frente al Cambio Climático / Bolivian Climate Change Platform
Solon Foundation – Bolivia
Aid Accountability Group
Bangladesh Krishok Federation
Coastal Livelihood, Ecology and Adaptation Network
Equity and Justice Working Group
Jatiyo Sramik Jote
Online Knowledge Society
Resource Integration Centre
Right to Food Movement
Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha
Insitute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) Indonesia
KRuHA Water Coalition Indonesia
Solidaritas Perempuam (SP) Indonesia
WALHI (Friends of the Earth) Indonesia
Consumers Association of Penang
Friends of the Earth Malaysia
Monitoring Sustainability of Globalization
All Nepal Peasant Federation (ANPFA)
Campaign for Climate Justice Network Nepal
NGO Federation of Nepal
Right to Food Network Nepal
Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum
Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform
Action for Nurturing Children and Environment
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura
Assalam Bangsamoro People’s Association
BITS Policy Center
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
Faith-based Congress Against Immoral Debts
Farmers Forum – South Cotabato
Freedom from Debt Coalition and its chapters in Socsargen, Iloilo, Negros, Cebu and Southern Mindanao
Integrated Rural Development Foundation
Kalimudan Culture & Arts – Mindanao
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD)
Koalisyon Pabahay ng Pilipinas (KPP)
Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lunsod (KPML) – National and NCR
Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KAISA KA)
Partido Lakas ng Masa
Partido ng Manggagawa
Peoples Movement on Climate Change
Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement
Tambuyog Development Center
Task Force Food Sovereignty