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The largest act of civil disobedience to happen in the US this Monday!!!
international | environment | news report Friday February 27, 2009 17:02 by dunk fuspey at yahoo dot co dot uk
The climate camp "movement" is growing: engage, teach, learn, demonstrate alternatives, skill share, be moved, prepare, take direct action
Al Gore: "I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants."
On September 24, 2008, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore told the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York city:
"If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration."
From Yesterdays Democracy Now show:
Full audio is embedded at end of this article
JESSY TOLKAN: We’re a coalition of fifty really diverse organizations that range from young evangelicals to young people from indigenous communities across the country to college students. We have united around a bold vision for what we think needs to happen on climate change.
Jessy Tolkan, Executive director of the Energy Action Coalition. Danny Chiotos, member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition.
http://www.capitolclimateaction.org/ + http://www.powershift09.org/splash
full DN! feature: Power Shift: Youth Climate Activists Swarm D.C. for Weekend of Organizing, Lobbying and Protest
Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law
So read a leading article in the UK´s Independant after 6 Greenpeace activists historic court win using "lawful excuse" in support of their direct action of scaling Kingsnorth coal power station in Kent, the site of last summers Climate Camp actions. On Sunday December 12, 2008 the New York Times included the Kingsnorth defence in its annual list of the most influential ideas that will change our lives. Under the heading ‘Climate-Change Defense, The' the newspaper said the verdict ‘shook up the world of green politics'.
So who knows, the precedent is there (the same legal strategy was used when the Ploughshares finally won their courtcase), there is sure to be arrests next monday, but perhaps they will use the Greenpeace case to back up their calls for supporting Gores calls to action...?
Eitherway, what ever happens, fair play to the US activists. I have been in some direct contact with a few of them from Barcelona and there is definately very exciting things happening there, yes Obama has played a bit in the collective bold dreaming, and from that organising to action, but its more than that. We will see how Monday goes, it would be nice if we could let them know we support their actions and wish them well in their direct actions, confrontation with police, court time, and possibly jail time.
Climate change Coverage on Democracy Now! + largest act of civil disobedience against global warming in US
The DN! feature was one of 3 on the critical theme of Climate change, full show can be found at:
The other 2 features were:
* Member of UN Environment Panel Warns Greenhouse Emissions Rising at Alarming, Unexpected Rate
We speak to Chris Field, a leading member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, about his warning that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is rising more rapidly than expected in recent years. Field says the current trajectory of climate change is now much worse than the IPCC had originally projected. On Wednesday, Field told a Senate panel droughts caused by global warming could make parts of the American Southwest dangerous to live in.
* Study Finds Unprecedented Growth in Climate Change Lobbying
A new report from the Center for Public Integrity reveals that the number of global warming lobbyists has increased by more than 300 percent in the past five years. In the past year, some 770 companies hired over 2,000 climate change lobbyists and spent an estimated $90 million to influence federal policy on climate change. We speak to the report’s lead author, Marianne Lavelle.
Climate Camp 08 - non violant protest against coal station meets police violence
climate camp UK
Beneath Heathrow's pall of misery, a new political movement is born (climate camp 2007)
New York Times: Climate-Change Defense
Greenpeace historic "lawful excuse" direct action and courtcase win:
Government moves in to strip juries of its power in climate protest cases
Independant: Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law
Al Gore speaks out in favor of direct action
An Inconveniant Truth: Al Gores film on the stark reality of climate change
http://www.climatecrisis.net/ + trailer: http://www.climatecrisis.net/trailer/
Whats all this Climate Camp stuff then?
Zero Carbon Caravan > COP15. Live radio project(s), zero carbon world concert(s) for a zero carbon world
Irish Climate Camp National Meeting
> COP 15
# Peoples Climate Protocol
Caption: Embedded video Youtube Video
Caption: Embedded video Youtube Video