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The Climate Movement is Dead: Long Live the Climate Movement

The Climate Movement is Dead: Long Live the Climate Movement

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The Climate Movement is Dead: Long Live the Climate Movement

http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/wordpress/2010/02/15/the-climate-movement-is-dead-long-live-the-climate-movement/
The Climate Movement is Dead: Long Live the Climate Movement

http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/wordpress/2010/02/15/the-climate-movement-is-dead-long-live-the-climate-movement/

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he sooner we realize that poli-ticians and corporations will not solve the climate crisis, the sooner we can get to the real work o build-ing a strong grassroots people’smovement – our only hope orsurvival. In that regard, the ail-ure in o the December 2009 UNclimate meetings in Copenhagenmay be a great opportunity. Teinability o world leaders to coop-erate rather than compete, to put a livable planet ahead o their owneconomic interests, is the death o their legitimacy. When rich nations drat a secret agreement that commits ourplanet to warming another 3 de-grees Celsius, we can eel the noosetightening. When Obama comesto the table with a pledge to cut emissions by 4 percent, we know this spells genocide or island na-tions. When civil society groupsare banned rom the climate talks,but corporate lobbyists are allowedto remain, it is obvious where thepolitician’s loyalties lie.It is not just the politicians andCEOs who are walking us down thegangplank. Many in the climatemovement have grown all too cozy  with the status quo. Te “bold” ac-tion they call or will result in theprivatization o the air, to be di- vided up by mega-polluters. Teirdemands or carbon neutrality seek to oset our problems ontopoor countries while the rich keepburning and consuming. Teir
A particular model o dealing with climate change is dying. It is revealing itsel beore the world as nothing more than a nal scramble or the remaining resources o a planet in peril.” –Naomi Klein
 
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 vision o a “clean energy uture” would perpetuate the corporatecontrol o our energy and o theEarth itsel. Meanwhile hyper-consumerism, corporate power, war-mongering and global domi-nance by wealthy countries – theroots o the climate crisis – remainside issues skirted around as i they were not the central pillars o the high-carbon economy.Tose who still cling to the oldclimate movement have commit-ted themselves to a sinking ship.Fortunately, just as the legitimacy o their approach is dying, a new movement is alive and kicking. As world leaders jockeyed or theirpiece o the atmosphere in Co-penhagen, hundreds o thousands were taking the streets worldwideghting or real climate solutions.Hundreds o delegates braved po-lice truncheons as they attemptedto walk out o the UN climate talksto meet the thousands already as-sembled to create a people’s climateassembly. In the United Kingdom200 activists occupied raalgarSquare to set up a climate camp. In Australia, orty people blocked the world’s largest coal export termi-nal. Canadian activists repeatedly occupied government oces. Sub-sistence armers rom around the world took the streets to demandcommunity control o sustainableood systems.Te US saw a massive day o coor-dinated direct actions leading upto the COP15 talks on November30, the 10 year anniversary o theprotests that shutdown the WOmeetings in Seattle. Earth First!and Rising ide blocked the ship-ment o the generator destined orthe Cliside Coal plant in NC.Te Mobilization or Climate Jus-tice shut down the San Franciscoheadquarters o Bank o America, while Seattle activists locked downinside Chase and Bank o America branches or their unding o ossiluels. Activists in Chicago lockeddown in ront o the ChicagoClimate Exchange, the largest car-bon trading institution in North America, shutting down part o the city’s nancial district. Protes-tors in Washington, DC took overK Street to conront corporate lob-byists. In New York City activistsoccupied the lobby o Natural Re-source Deense Council to protest their cozy relationship with majorpolluters. As it becomes increasingly clearour leaders will not protect us,people are taking matters intotheir own hands. Not only are they ghting back against the corpo-rate assault on our planet, they are actively creating the solutionsthat will usher in a truly just andsustainable world.

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