In December 2015 the UN Climate Summit will take place in Paris. Governments from all the countries will gather, once again, this time in the French capital, to debate about how to deal with the huge climate crisis that human beings (especially the most affluent ones) have caused during the last 170 years. They will be frantic, historic and important weeks. However, after more than twenty years of meetings and negotiations, these international Summits have proven highy ineffective at agreeing and implementing the systemic changes that are urgently needed to tackle this critical problem.
The negotiations, which are too influenced by lobbies of polluting industries and too ideologically wedded to perverse market mechanisms, are stagnating. This and the lack of decisive action on the roots of the problem underlines the general lack of commitment to the future of life on the planet. This is especially evident from the richest countries, which have major historical responsibilities for causing the crisis. The repeated failure of the Climate Summit stands in contrast to the growth of social movements on a global scale. These movements are making visible the consequences of climate change which are already being felt, and demanding profound changes in the structure of modern societies. Although the summit in Paris is expected to fail, it serves as a great opportunity to weave together the various struggles internationally and to make visible the many faceted responses to the climate crisis.
Radio Anthropocene is a collaborative radio project, born specifically to report on the events and mobilisations which will take place in around the COP 21 UN Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015.
We are a diverse mix of people with well-established connections with social movements internationally. We will report on what’s going on before and during COP21, FM and online. We have gained experience, on the one hand, through ten years of community and free radio work in Latin America, with a significant focus on counter-summit mobilisations (WTO, G8, Rio + 20, Social Forums, the Summit of the Peoples or CoPs) as well as in the processes of policy formation radio in defence of the land, including Radio Forum processes. We also draw on three years experience of participating in Toma la Tierra (Reclaim the Earth), a monthly digital radio program covering – above all – local environmental struggles in the Spanish State.
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