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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Public Event: Reimagining Activism + Film Screening & Stories: Run For Your Life

A collaboration between The Eroles Project and Run For Your Life, two groups bringing a reimagined activism to COP21. The evening will begin with a participatory debate hosted by The Eroles Project reflecting on how we do activism. Followed by the first ever screening of video documentation of “a race against time” with the Run For Your Life artistic team sharing stories collected along the way.

Run For Your Life: a race against time – Humanity is standing on the brink of a climate catastrophe. Soon it will be too late. In November, thousands of people told their stories and run thousands of kilometres, from the Arctic to Paris, to promote climate justice and a sustainable future.

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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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The Great Clamor for climate justice

 

The Great Clamor for Climate has been imagined for citizens to express in a resonant and marked way their commitment to fight climate deregulation.

Last saturday, december 5th, this music project performed at the hall of Opéra Bastille, open to public. In the next days you could attend to other concerts in different places in Paris (like Centre Pompidou, Place to B or Mediapark).

Hear La Grande Clameur live concert with the participation of the Samis (last european indigenous peoples) and listen to a interview with Chantal Latour & Jean-Pierre Seyvos (creator of la Grande Clameur)

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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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