Namibia’s drought: Interview with Omagano

 

Climate change is causing longer and longer droughts in semi-desertic african countries, like Namibia.
Omagano Shooya, member of the Young achievers empowerment proyect, analyses how her country is facing the 3 year long drought and how much they need the UN to agree on stopping climate change before it’s too late for them.

 

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Performance: La Cantine des Nations Unies (Bring a vegetable)

What would happen if global political leaders were asked to cook together?

La Cantine des Nations Unies requires you to bring a vegetable and a sense of humor as we spend an evening investigating how power and decision-making play out through the task of group cooking. Throughout the night natural disasters and political mayhem may change the rules of the game… Will we all eat?

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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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Activists from all around the world meet at the 29N in Paris

[Audio in english & spanish]

Entrevistamos, en la plaza de la République, a participantes de las actividades que tuvieron lugar el domingo 29 de noviembre el París, día de las marchas mundiales por el clima. Activistas de diversos países y diferentes luchas, desde coreanas y japonesas contra la energía nuclear, a palestinas contra el expolio del agua por parte de los israelíes, como compañeras antiespecistas y veganas contra la explotación animal (el mayor generador de gases de efecto invernadero hoy en día).

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Chronicle of an announced police repression

[Audio in spanish]

Audio chronicle about the French police repression during the protests for climate justice on 29th November in Paris. Contrasting with massive public events such as Christmas markets or sport events that have been able to continue, the Global Climate March had been banned due to the extension of the state of emergency. A human chain took place for an hour between La République and Nation instead of the March, before the events narrated in this post.

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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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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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Human Chain Replaces Global Climate March in Paris

On the eve of the conference’s opening, hundreds of thousands of people were supposed to come out to the streets of Paris (on the 29th) and the world’s major cities (on the 28th and 29th), to march together and affirm loud and clear our demands, from food to employment, energy and poverty eradication.

The extension of the State of Emergency due to the awful attacks in Paris has affected the Global Climate March. This March has been banned in Paris by the French government.

After days of uncertainty about what was going to happen in Paris and acknowledging the vital importance of raising the civil society’s voices for the climate state of emergency that we are also experiencing, now there is a call for making a HUMAN CHAIN. It will take place on the 29th November between 12 and 13 from République to Nation. It will extend throughout the areas in which the attacks in Paris took place and the idea is that this climate change human chain will be also a tribute to the victims.

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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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