Action on fossil free culture at the Louvre

This morning we went to the Louvre to participate at the open beautiful action that was going to happen there to expose the fossil fuel lobby which is sponsoring the museum. We tell you what happened there and we also got an audio from people who got arrested inside the Louvre because they made a ritual with oil-simulation in one of its halls to expose corporate power embedded in major cultural stakeholders.

“Dear Louvre, when the company Total sponsors you, you sponsor Total. Don’t sponsor Climate chaos!”

* We thank The New Internationalist for the last bit of the audio, a message from the activists arrested.

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Climate games: Ready to defy the rules of the game?

An invitation to create affinity groups, take the streets of Paris or wherever you are at and defy the rules of the game in order to change it in favor of life. Direct actions, performances and disobedience to demand urgent climate justice in a finite and disrupted planet.

One of the organisers talked to us and explained us more details about this disobedient call for action.

We are not fighting for nature. We are nature defending itself.

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Climate activists stopped at border controls with France

Last Friday we met an activist that had just arrived to Paris and had crossed the Belgian border to enter France. He told us he’d been stopped for three hours and his phone was taking to check what sort of contacts he had and whether he had any link to activism. Luckily he had been warned the day before but three other people in the bus were sent back to their countries with no explanation. We talked to the activist and he explained us in detail what happened and suggests some recommendations to activists arriving to France this week.

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UN Cantine at La Générale

Last Thursday The Eroles Project organised an immersive performance in which the participants, representing the role of certain nation, company or lobby had to cook together a dinner. Each participant contributed to the dinner with an ingredient and had to play hard on negotiations and navigate through the power relations that immediately emerged.

We witnessed power games, right to vetoe, money influence and environmental disasters that were transforming certain nations to climate refugees. This experimental and successful format allowed to experience the frustration of UN talks and the state of ecological emergency we are facing.

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Interview to Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at La Gaîté lyrique

Last Tuesday we attended to La Gaîté lyrique to listen to Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, an amazing poet from the Marshall Islands who powerfully combines arts and climate activism. The organisers of the event run the interview you can hear here and she performed two beautiful and moving poems (“Dear Matafele Peinem” and “Tell them“).

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The Leap Manifesto launch in Paris

Yesterday we were privileged to be at the launch of the Leap Manifesto, a proposal for how Canada can boldly strike out on a rapid energy transition based firmly on principles of social and environmental justice and progressive coalition building. The Leap Manifesto proposes that Canada “can transition to a renewable-based economy in way that changes our economy for the better – achieving meaningful justice for First Nations, creating more and better jobs, restoring and expanding our social safety net, building a better food system, and reducing economic, gender and racial inequalities.”

Here we reproduce the beginning of the launch with Naomi Klein and a collective reading of the 14th principles of the Manifesto. Enjoy!

More info at: https://leapmanifesto.org/en/the-leap-manifesto/

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Connecting the dots between terrorist attacks and climate change: Indigenous people’s healing ceremony in front of Bataclan

Yesterday morning, before the human chain for climate change took place in Paris, I had the privilege to attend a healing ceremony organized by the indigenous people that came to Paris in the context of COP21.

As impacted frontline communities, indigenous people are quite familiar with tragedy. The mainstream media ignored it but indigenous people organized a beautiful inclusive healing ceremony. Talking from a place of respect and love, they connected the dots between terrorist attacks and climate change and offered prayers, songs and consolation to all the victims.

We gathered in a small park in front of Bataclan, one of the locations in which the terrible attacks took place 2 weeks ago in Paris.

We formed a circle and we got some tobacco in our hand while sage was burning. We were told to close our hand, feel the tobacco and place our hand next to our heart. And the healing ceremony began…

* We are grateful to The New Internationalist to share the audio with us.

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Anthropocene Radio at the Conference of Youth

 

The Conference of Youth Is taking place between the 26th and the 28th of November at the Parc des Expositions, in Paris, just few days before the COP21 begins. For more than 10 years, this Conference is taking place few days before the official talks and is a meeting point young people and groups to share experiences and ideas about climate change.

After going through very tight security measures at the entrance and with the help of two kind souls, Radio Anthropocene has been able to visit and spend a couple of hours at the big pavilion in which the Conference of Youth is taking place, talking to organisers and participants.

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Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws

By Arthur Neslen. The Guardian. Friday 27 November 2015. Retrieved from here.

French police arrest activist for flouting ban on organising protests during climate talks next week

At least eight climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit, the Guardian has learned.

One legal adviser to the activists said many officers raided his Paris apartment and occupied three floors and a staircase in his block.

French authorities did not respond to requests for comment but lawyers said that the warrants were issued under state of emergency laws, imposed after the terror attacks that killed 130 people earlier this month.

The author and climate change campaigner, Naomi Klein, accused French authorities of “a gross abuse of power that risks turning the summit into a farce”.

“Climate summits are not photo opportunities to boost the popularity of politicians,” she told the Guardian. “Given the stakes of the climate crisis, they are by their nature highly contested. That is democracy, messy as it may be. The French government, under cover of anti-terrorism laws, seems to be trying to avoid this, shamefully banning peaceful demonstrations and using emergency powers to pre-emptively detain key activists.”

Since Thursday, three people have been placed under house arrest in Rens, two in Paris, two in Rouen and one in Lyons, according to campaigners. They may now only leave their houses to sign a post office register verifying their whereabouts, three times a day.

Joel Domenjoud, a legal activist, said that he had been served with a restraining order wrongly describing him as a “principal leader of the ultra-left movement” just hours after a judge refused to hear an appeal against the ban on the climate demo that he had petitioned for.

“I wasn’t there when they came to my house but my neighbour called me to say ‘What’s wrong? The stairs are full of cops from the first to the third floor!’” he said.

Domenjoud says he was then followed by several undercover officers, before returning home, where he was served with the restraining notice.

“I feel angry about it because I think they made a big mistake,” Domenjoud added. “They weren’t looking for people like us activists – or if they were, it shows that they can target people for no reason at all and our civil liberties are in danger.”

Several sources said that officers also raided three squats in Paris – and more across the country – seizing computers, documents and personal effects.

Thousands of climate campaigners, including Vandana Shiva, have vowed to defy the blanket ban on demonstrations. One protest on Sunday will be protected by a ‘human chain’, while a day of civil disobedience will take place when the summit ends on 12 December, dubbed as ‘red lines’ day.

Numbers are expected to be smaller than previously hoped, but artists have been working around the clock on creations such as a series of ‘inflatable cobble stones’, alluding to a famous slogan from the May 1968 protests: Beneath the cobble stones the beach.

Some protesters argue that the permission granted to football matches, trade fairs and Christmas markets in Paris over the summit period suggests that the authorities’ real concern is to suppress dissent.

“We are trying to find grey areas in the law,” said John Jordan, a prominent activist. “At the moment, a demonstration is legally defined as more than two people who share a political message. We are trying to find creative ways around these laws.”

During recent protests by Quebec students, participant numbers were kept to below 50 on each march, to avoid a prohibition order.

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