Tuesday 9/1: A briefing on the UNFCCC & Social Movements

UNFCCC_protesterMovement Generation presents:
A briefing on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and social movements

WHEN: Tuesday September 1st, 6-8pm

WHERE: Centro del Pueblo Auditorium (2nd Floor), 474 Valencia St. @ 16th in SF

Speakers will include: Ananda Lee Tan  of the Gobal Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), and Rising Tide, Gopal Dayaneni of Movement Generation, and Payal Parekh, from International Rivers.

As the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) talks advance towards the 15th Conference of Parties in Copenhagen in December, the stakes are high. The Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, and the 15th Conference of Parties is a defining moment in what the post-Kyoto climate regime will look like. Even though catastrophic climate destabilization represents a shared threat that demands a unified response from all nations, it’s a familiar story. Corporations and industrialized polluting nations wield undue power and influence in the meeting halls while the voices of social movements are largely marginalized in the talks, or left out entirely.  It’s been a flawed process, with potentially damaging policies on the table.

At the same time, there will be strong resistance by global social movements in the streets. It’s clear that what comes out of the UNFCCC won’t solve the problems of environmental destruction, poverty elimination, or even significantly reducing CO2 emission, but that was never really the question. The question is whether or not the worst policies pushed by polluters will triumph, or whether alliances of global social movements like Climate Justice Now, will succeed in checking those policies, and advancing the demands from the ground. The outcome matters because lives and communities are at stake and time is short.

We are already a-ways along the road to Copenhagen and the journey has given us events to analyze – talks in Bali and Bonn, recent G20 meetings, the Waxman-Markey ACES climate bill.  This summer and fall will have more chances for action – a G20 meeting and a Coal industry meeting in Pittsburg, UN meetings in New York, the Conference of Parties 15 meetings Copenhagen, days of action throughout and beyond into 2010.

Movement Generation is sponsoring this briefing to help organizers and activists get more familiar with what’s happening in this process, how it impacts our political work, and where we can stand in solidarity with social movements in the Global South who are fighting like hell on these issues.

Please RSVP to jason.negron.gonzales@gmail.com.  Snacks to be provided.