Wednesday, December 23, 2009
On The Way Back.Post COP 15.
Climate activists: Hope fades on Copenhagen, but climate justice movement grows in strength
At the end of their final meeting in Copenhagen, climate justice
activists declared today that while the COP15 talks are in disarray,
demonstrators have successfully moved towards building a strong
international movement for climate justice.
The week has seen mass protests by thousands of activists from
southern and northern countries which culminated in the Reclaim
Power action on Wednesday the 16th. This included a Peoples Assembly
for climate justice.
Ed Thompson from Climate Justice Action commented: Those people who
have been silenced and shut out of the COP process from the start have
had their voices heard in this forum outside the talks, setting a
radically different agenda from rich countries and the corporate
Many accredited delegates were prevented from joining the Peoples
Assembly by Danish police, who repelled the delegates with baton
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger from the Indigenous Environmental Network
said: The UN didnt want information from those on the inside being
conveyed to those on the outside, especially by strong voices from the
Nineteen climate justice activists remain under arrest. Three
spokespeople for the group Climate Justice Action are charged with
article 1034A, conspiracy to cause breach of the peace. A
demonstration for the release of the climate justice prisoners is to
be held at 3pm today from Israel Plads to Parliament.
Natalie Swift from the group commented: The police want to silence
our voices and criminalise our activities but the movement for
climate justice just took a big step forward.
Climate Justice Action media team.