COP 21 – Halt to Climate March in Paris
Adaptation Action Plan in Place
by Nicolas Haeringer
The situation in France, and in Paris especially, is tense. Yet, there’s no resignation, but determination: the Paris summit will be a peace summit, a crucial one. Our participation is more important than before.
On Wednesday we got some disappointing news. Citing security concerns, the French government has prohibited many of the Paris mobilizations and events connected to the upcoming climate summit from going forward — including the massive march being planned for November 29th and mass mobilisations on December 12th.
This is a heavy blow, especially for the many organizers who have been working around the clock for months to bring hundreds of thousands of people out into the streets of Paris.
But this movement is bigger than any one march, and we need everyone now more than ever. The Global Climate March — which already consists of thousands of events, small and large, all around the world — will continue. From London to Los Angeles, Quito to Quizon City, people are still taking to the streets.
There’s a strong sense of solidarity here in Paris as activists and organisers put our heads together to find creative ways to have an impact, and stand together even in the face of a potentially repressive security situation. We want a climate of justice and peace, not a climate of war.
The Paris Climate Summit is still a crucial opportunity for us to send a strong signal that the world is moving away from fossil fuels. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the world needs this sort of global cooperation urgently. Climate justice is about our rights – to clean water, air, a healthy future, and to protest.
Even as climate change contributes to conflict around the world, this summit is an opportunity for us to come together and finally grapple with the scale of the problem we’re facing. Unfortunately, that’s not the sort of ambition that governments and politicians muster on their own. That’s the sort of thing only mass social movements have the power to make happen.
And on the second week of the climate talks, from December 7th to the 13th, we still encourage anyone who can to come to Paris. Action Plans for D12 are being redesigned to fit the new context. As soon as we know what’s happening on that day, we will let you know.
There are things nobody can take away from us, though, no matter how much external circumstances change. Those of us gathering in Paris at the Climate Action Zone will still find powerful connections with people from the global climate movement, and time needed for us to share our stories and learn from each other. We can dig deeper in conversations around climate justice and its links with the wider systemic injustices we see at play in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, and plot our movement’s next steps in 2016.
Let’s make sure that over the next few weeks the call for climate justice resonates loud and clear – in Paris and everywhere else.
Thank you, Nicolas