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Emergency Protest & Vigil Solidarity with Activists in Copenhagen

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 12:16pm
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Updates from the UN Climate Change Conference
Dec. 7-18, 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Come Out Friday, 12/18 4:30-6 Vigil at San Francisco Danish Consulate

EMERGENCY PROTEST & VIGIL
SOLIDARITY WITH ACTIVISTS IN COPENHAGEN

* CLIMATE TALKS UNDEMOCRATIC & ON VERGE OF FAILURE
* US/RICH COUNTRIES REFUSE SERIOUS REDUCTIONS & CLIMATE DEBT
* MASSIVE POLICE REPRESSION AGAINST NONVIOLENT CIVIL SOCIETY

WHEN: Friday December 18th 4:30-6:00PM
WHERE: Danish Consulate, 1 California St, at Market St. (Embarcadero BART),
San Francisco. Bring candles and friends.

   “First they shut the public out of the climate negotiations, then they
shut out 80% of NGOs who have been accredited to attend, and now they
are jailing people who challenge the undemocratic nature of the
climate negotiations, while the future of life on earth literally
hangs in the balance.”
   — Dorothy Guerro, Focus on the Global South, Climate Justice Now Network.

WHY?
UN CLIMATE TALKS ON VERGE OF FAILURE: Because the US and other wealth
climate polluting nations refuse to significantly reduce climate pollution
and to pay our ecological debt to climate-impacted developing world and
because of the lack of democracy in the UN climate talks. On Tuesday, US
climate negotiator Todd Stern said he foresees no change in President
Obama’s offer to cut emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by2020. The
proposal has been widely criticized because it amounts to just a four
percent cut when adopting the 1990 emission standard used by the rest of
the world. Scientists call for a 40% cut by 2020in order to prevent an
environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. Meanwhile, developing
countries including the US, UK and Denmark drafted and circulated a
document to completely circumvent the UN from all further future
negotiations.

* CIVIL SOCIETY NGO’S BANNED FROM UN:
Accredited civil society groups
including Friends of the Earth, Avaaz, Tck Tck Tck, Via Campesinahave been
banned from the UN Climate Conference. ”The surgical removal of non
governmental organizations underscores the lack of democracy inherent in
these negotiations. The only way to avoid catastrophic climate change is
fully supporting and including peoples movements like the very ones
illegitimately removed from this process.,” said Professor Micheal Dorsey,
a member of the Climate Justice Now! Network.

* DENMARK VIOLATES DEMOCRATIC & HUMAN RIGHTS, ATTACKS NONVIOLENT
ACTIVISTS:
Danish police have engaged in mass preemptive arrests,
detentions, clubbed and pepper spayed nonviolent activists, raided
organizing centers and suspended basic civil liberties and democratic
rights. Dr. Tadzio Mueller of Berlin, an accredited NGO observer at the
COP 15 and the spokesperson for Climate Justice Action, was arrested
without provocation by plain clothed police shortly after a press
conference announcing nonviolent demonstrations plans. He remains in jail
awaiting trial.

SING A PETITION TO THE DANISH GOVERNMENT:
http://www.petitiononline.com/ Tadzio/petition.html

WHO: Mobilization for Climate Justice West: A coalition of thirty climate
justice, environmental justice, community, peace and human rights
organizations. http://west.actforclimatejustice.org