D12: Mass Civil Disobedience

The climate negotiations, held during COP21, are meant to be completed by 12th December. But we know that, for all this, they will not have ensured the future of the planet and of the people who live on it.

Just as the UN announces the results of its marathon negotiations, people will be taking to the streets of Paris and le Bourget to set out these demands.

Together, let us remember that, away from all the discussions between different states, millions of people have already experienced the drastic consequences of climate disruption, in particular in the most vulnerable communities.

Together we will demonstrate the power of the movement for climate justice. A movement that is progressing as it strikes a balance: between resistance and alternatives.

Together we will lead two “mass actions” for climate justice:

  • On Saturday morning, an act of civil disobedience: “red lines”, representing the minimum limits necessary for a planet that is fair and offers quality of life, will encircle le Bourget. Symbolising these lines, thousands of people carrying giant inflatable objects will surround the conference centre and occupy the public area.
  • On Saturday afternoon, a mass gathering of people: several human chains will be formed around the Place de la République in Paris. These human chains will symbolise the alternatives, the resistance movements that form today’s movement for climate justice. They will show what the solutions are for a future with quality of life, respect for the environment and justice for all.

Actions organized on that day follow the principles of the D12 Action consensus that we invite you to read.

On the 12th December, the last word will not be had at the negotiations table but on the streets! A last word that will start a new chapter in the movement for climate justice, in 2016 and beyond.

For more information about this action day, visit the page of the D12.

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D12: Getting ready for civil massive desodebience

Tomorrow saturday december 12th, a massive desobedient action is taking place in Paris.
Dozens of colectives involved in climate/ecological struggles have planned several actions on the street, defying french the state of emergency to reclaim the last word on climate justice. Thousands of persons will go on the street and will use their right to manifest peacefully.
Here we bring you 3 audios recorded at le Centquatre, a space that has become a place of justice artivist/activist workshops and other activities. Theses audio files will bring you important information about the call, the actions and the medical advices that you should learn before taking part at the D12 red lines protest.

• Red lines action call + presentation:

• Medical advices in case of police repression at a street protest:

• D12 actions briefing: why and how

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Climate Games

It’s December 2015. You have a heart filled with courage, a mobile phone and plans for creative mischief. Your team is ready to merge street and online disobedience. The COP21 UN climate summit is just opening in Paris. Manifestations of ‘the Mesh’ — austerity-dictating politicians, fossil fuel corporations, industry lobbyists, peddlers of false solutions and greenwashers – are converging to solve the climate catastrophe. Or so they tell us.

We are not convinced.

Your objective is to join the global movements swarming to shift the game against profit and in favour of life.

The Climate Games are where action-adventure meets actual change. Anyone can play this real-time, real-world game and turn Paris and the world into a giant, direct action playing field for climate justice. We have everything to play for – but time is running out.

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Protest in support of the refugees defies the french state of emergency

 

Chronicle of the protest in support of refugees in Paris, defying the state of emergency and the prohibition of any social mobilization (interviews of protesters in spanish and english).

Crónica sobre la manifestación en apoyo a los refugiados, en pleno recorte de libertades por el estado de emergencia y la prohibición de toda movilización social en las calles de París (entrevistas a manifestantes en español e inglés).

 

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A pesar de la prohibición de manifestaciones y otros derechos de expresión con la excusa del estado de emergencia francés, un millar de personas se han movilizado en la Plaza de la Bastilla de París, en solidaridad con los refugiados.
Contra bombardeos y envíos de tropas en Siria por parte del estado francés, por la libertad de expresión y contra el estado de emergencia.
Todo ocurría con sorprendente calma y son demasiados efectivos policiales a la vista, hasta que parte de las personas movilizadas decidieron cortar el tráfico y emprender la marcha hacia la plaza de la República por una serie de Avenidas concurridas de tráfico y personas.
Fue entonces cuando aparecieron un centenar de antidisturbios con el equipo completo puesto, seguido de decenas de furgones policiales, que flanquearon todo el costado de la manifestación de forma más que intimidatoria.
Intentos de bloquear y dividir a los manifestantes, y el uso de gas pimienta, no han conseguido parar a los ciudadanos determinados, que prosiguieron la manifestación hasta la plaza donde se encuentra el memorial por las víctimas del atentado del pasado viernes 13 de noviembre.

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Alternatives to fossil fuels 1: Cycling to COP21

 

This morning we spoke to Sama, who will be cycling from London to Paris with Time to Cycle, a network of cyclists mobilising against climate change in Paris, before and beyond. She explained us why she’s cycling to the COP, Time to Cycle’s plans for their journey and in Paris and how they are responding and preparing given the state of emergency declared in France.

COP21 is around the corner. It is yet unclear what shape the planned mobilisations may take after last weeks’ tragic attacks in Paris, and the state of emergency declared by the French government. However, French campaigners have already said that their struggle for climate justice will not stop and thousands of people from around the world, are still determined to get to Paris and are hoping to still make happen and participate in the multitude of grassroots activities, workshops, meetings, actions and events that have been planned in the French capital over the last few months.

To get to Paris, some will easily hop on a car, coach, train or plane, or even a bike, and reach France; others are simply being denied entry.

Mobility is a big issue in our globalised world. Freedom of movement is heavily determined by the colour of our skin, the money in our pockets, and the lottery of where, we were born. No matter the horrors people are escaping from, their mobility and hopes for a safer life are mercilessly curtailed by the same powers that are creating those horrors.

Mobility also refers to the transport systems our societies are organised around. Transport is a hot potato when we talk about climate change. Being responsible for 22 per cent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, the transport trends and systems that fuel and dominate affluent economies and lifestyles need to be seriously challenged. We are literally being chocked to death on our streets by the fumes of an ever increasing number of cars and lorries; and communities are being destroyed by yet more airport expansion and road building programmes.

A few weeks ago, the world was outraged by Volkswagen’s cynical deceit about vehicle emissions, yet few questioned the car centric culture governments and corporations are pushing on us as part of a package of extreme energy consumption and false convenience that all too often many of us seem willing to accept. But there are alternatives. There are far cleaner and more community oriented ways to meet our transport needs. Cycling is an obvious example. The Paris mobilisations are also an opportunity to show the world that alternatives already exist.

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