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From 28 November to 9 December the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be taking place in Durban, South Africa. This is where decisions on how to avert catastrophic climate change and protect our environment are meant to take place.

Instead the very same people responsible for the global financial crisis are poised to seize control of our atmosphere, land, forests, mountains and waterways. They want to institute carbon markets that will make billions of dollars for the elite few, whilst stealing land and resources from the many. We need to organise to protect the planet and safeguard those who depend on and defend our ecosystems.

Occupy COP17 can be a forum for those who wish to discuss and implement real and equitable solutions to climate change, with climate justice at the heart. It is open to all, operating on the principles of inclusiveness, openness, non-hierarchical organising and consensus decision making.

To get involved you are invited to attend the Occupy COP17 general assembly, every day during the COP (beginning on Monday 28th Nov), starting at 1pm at Speakers Corner, junction of  Walnut Rd and Bram Fischer Rd across from the Durban ICC.

You can also join the discussion and get involved online at the Occupy COP17 Facebook and Twitter sites.

Further practical information about the processes and mechanisms involved can be found at How To Occupy.

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  1. CITIZENS OF THE EARTH

    /unite
    #owns
    >>occupy

  2. Beware the self paralysis that has you trying to make one move that will mean never having to make another move again, the desire for a clear path or an obvious switch that will make it all cool and hunky dory and utopian, the desire born from a culture of instant gratification where we want our solutions to come nicely wrapped, salty and sweet and satisfying, real value for our time (money), beware this self paralysis that has us numb and neautralized when facing the bigger picture, unsure of what move to make when there are so many moves to make so we end up not moving at all, paralysed by the overwhelming analaysis of it all that has us judging the motives and movements of others in an effort to justify our own lack of motion, beware the self paralysis that penetrates our potential for action and atrophies our energies.

    Every single move counts, the small ones and the big ones. Size is immaterial and only of our own construct. Your minor movement might be major to me, so make a move, any move, and lets motivate more motion.

    “Every little bit counts…”
    Shout it when you are swinging from a crane, sing it when you are picking up a piece of litter, think it when you are smiling to yourself while the world watches.

    Battle the paralysis.
    Make a move, for yourself, for us all.

    Your move…

  3. seriously opposed to carbon markets? You think humans are benevolent enough to make this work without incentives…?

    • We have faith in humans, we don’t have faith that “the markets will sort it out”. Climate change effects real people every day. People are suffering the effects of pollution and poisoning. They are suffering from drought, floods and food shortages. The “markets” have done nothing but exacerbate this. Who do you think will control the carbon markets, the people at the sharp end on climate change? No, it will be the financial institutions and extractive and destructive industries. You can’t use the same mechanisms that got you into the mess to get you out. It’s time for people to reclaim their power, to stop the greed and exploitation of the elite few and come up with fair and just solutions that serve the interests of the majority. What better incentive do we need than to save our lives and the future of our planet? Are you seriously opposed to climate justice?

      • HiI have been neonatal nurse worknig in a level II unit for 10 years now. I think the most important issue for parents & families especially mothers is the availability of rooming in facilities for mothers once discharged from hospital care. New neonatal units are being built with 2 rooms per 10 neonatal beds and this is just not enough. Often these mothers come from out of town. we should be supporting the provision of breastmilk and breastfeeding of infants by ensuring that the mothers are able to be as close as possible to their infants from admission to discharge. An infant and mother are a diad that should not be separated. This is to promote bonding and breast feeding which will benefit their lifelong health and well being. And should be a priority.

  4. [...] attivo è stato anche il collettivo Occupy Cop17 che ha organizzato una veglia per la giustizia climatica e diffuso una lettera aperta ai delegati [...]

  5. [...] attivo è stato anche il collettivo Occupy Cop17 che ha organizzato una veglia per la giustizia climatica e diffuso una lettera aperta ai [...]

  6. [...] Big Green Day this Sunday at St Paul’s – Occupying for people and planet Posted on December 17, 2011 by occupylsx On Sunday 18 December, Occupy London will hold an event on environment and the economy. The event will take place in the camp at St Paul’s from 10am to late evening featuring expert speakers, debates, workshops, films, art and poetry. [1]   Speakers include Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), Ann Pettifor (Green New Deal Group), Joe Hall (Eradicating Ecocide) and Tamsin Omond (Climate Rush). There will be workshops on climate justice, renewable energy inititatives, tar sands, future energy scnenarios, biofuels and socio-spiritual democracy and gas fracking.   A spokesperson for the Energy Equity and Environment Working Group Group said: “Behind the economic crisis lies a deeper, and in the long term, more dangerous environmental crisis,” says Kate Horne, an organiser of the Big Green Day. “They are all caused by an endless quest for more profit, growth, and consumption. As the movement’s initial statement recognises, this is as much an environmental problem as it is a social and economic one.”   The Big Green Day comes just eight days after the conclusion of the annual United Nations climate change talks, in which civil society and some diplomats ‘occupied’ the negotiations to protest against the woeful lack of progress. [2] Many blame this failure on the narrow self-interest and the influence of powerful industry groups on governments – the very problems the Occupy movement is fighting against.    “We are destroying the natural capital which our collective prosperity is based on, while the short-term benefits are siphoned off by the global 1%,” added Kate. “If we don’t act now, a few generations down the line this will be remembered as an era in which greed and corruption prevailed over science, reason and common compassion. This event is about looking at what changes we can make, looking at sustainable activites and then acting decisely.” Occupy London’s Energy Equity and Environment Working Group invite individuals, and members of organisations and government, to join us to help co-create a positive, sustainable economic system that benefits present and future generations. Occupy is where we work together collectively to find real solutions. We are Occupying for People and Planet – come and join us this Sunday at St Paul’s!   Notes [1] http://www.facebook.com/events/212293868846254/?ref=ts. [2] www.democracynow.org/seo/2011/12/9/frustrated_by_inaction_youth_delegates_occupy, www.voanews.com/english/news/environment/Protesters-Occupy-Durban-Climate-Conference-135333748.html, http://occupycop17.org/about/ [...]

  7. [...] December 17, 2011 in Feature, General, News, Press releases, Statement, Upcoming Action On Sunday 18 December, Occupy London will hold an event on environment and the economy. The event will take place in the camp at St Paul’s from 10am to late evening featuring expert speakers, debates, workshops, films, art and poetry. [1]   Speakers include Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), Ann Pettifor (Green New Deal Group), Joe Hall (Eradicating Ecocide) and Tamsin Omond (Climate Rush). There will be workshops on climate justice, renewable energy inititatives, tar sands, future energy scnenarios, biofuels and socio-spiritual democracy and gas fracking. Full programme at https://www.facebook.com/events/212293868846254/?ref=ts.   A spokesperson for the Energy Equity and Environment Working Group Group said: “Behind the economic crisis lies a deeper, and in the long term, more dangerous environmental crisis,” says Kate Horne, an organiser of the Big Green Day. “They are all caused by an endless quest for more profit, growth, and consumption. As the movement’s initial statement recognises, this is as much an environmental problem as it is a social and economic one.”   The Big Green Day comes just eight days after the conclusion of the annual United Nations climate change talks, in which civil society and some diplomats ‘occupied’ the negotiations to protest against the woeful lack of progress. [2] Many blame this failure on the narrow self-interest and the influence of powerful industry groups on governments – the very problems the Occupy movement is fighting against.    “We are destroying the natural capital which our collective prosperity is based on, while the short-term benefits are siphoned off by the global 1%,” added Kate. “If we don’t act now, a few generations down the line this will be remembered as an era in which greed and corruption prevailed over science, reason and common compassion. This event is about looking at what changes we can make, looking at sustainable activites and then acting decisely.” Occupy London’s Energy Equity and Environment Working Group invite individuals, and members of organisations and government, to join us to help co-create a positive, sustainable economic system that benefits present and future generations. Occupy is where we work together collectively to find real solutions. We are Occupying for People and Planet – come and join us this Sunday at St Paul’s!   Notes [1] http://www.facebook.com/events/212293868846254/?ref=ts. [2] www.democracynow.org/seo/2011/12/9/frustrated_by_inaction_youth_delegates_occupy, www.voanews.com/english/news/environment/Protesters-Occupy-Durban-Climate-Conference-135333748.html, http://occupycop17.org/about/ [...]

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