The first general assembly of Occupy COP17 took place after a night of unrelenting storms. Rivers flooded, hillsides become landslides and tragically lives were lost. The urgency of addressing climate change and the needs of those most at risk could not have been more painfully poignant.
Against a backdrop of a banner reading “Conference of People”, discussions took place which encompassed everything from corporate influence to energy and food security. The need to address the needs of the many verses the vested interests of the few was a constant theme.
Over the coming few weeks, as the deadlocked negotiations take place in the Durban ICC, we will create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for everyone to talk honestly and openly. We welcome everyone to share their struggles, to imagine a more equitable world and to work on real, lasting and fair outcomes. We welcome delegates to come and speak openly and honestly, unhindered by the lines being fed to them by their political and corporate bosses.
We will publish more comprehensive notes from general assemblies, as well as videos and photographs, in the coming days.
The next general assembly is at 1pm on Tuesday 29th November, Speakers Corner, junction of Walnut Rd and Bram Fischer.
#OccupyCop17: Climate Justice General Assembly
Governments of the world are, for the 17th time, assembling to discuss how we react on an international scale to a changing climate. During these last 16 years a sane response to an unsustainable global culture has not been found.
Inside their assembly and inside their declarations the needs of the 99% are not being heard. Private corporations are occupying our seats in the UN climate talks and governments corrupted by corporate influence are claiming to represent our needs.They are abusing and pillaging the consensus process, once put in place to ensure even the smallest and most vulnerable had a say.
We, as a planet, have been shown we can no longer rely on the same structures that have allowed for famines, floods, hurricanes and massacres to escalate relentlessly. There is a historic responsibility, and a global necessity for action.
Here in Durban, where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote and Gandhi held his first public meeting, we’re putting out an invitation to anyone who wishes to have their voice heard: to join a dialogue of how we must react to ensure the present culture of 1% of the worlds population does no injustice to the future of the 99%.
On Monday, November 28th at 11am, as representative from 192 nation-states begin their talks, we will also meet.
This a humble invitation for all, to come and engage in an open and peaceful General Assembly around the theme of climate justice.
In the spirit of general assembly’s from around the world we will talk, we will listen, we will learn, and we will respect each other through our process.
This is what democracy looks like.
It is time our voices were heard.
It’s time to #OccupyCop17
11am Monday 28th November
Walnut Rd/Bram Fischer Rd
Durban, South Africa