So with exactly 2 weeks to go before The United Nations Climate Change Conference, today, I was made aware of a really interesting article, Naomi Klein, recently wrote for The Nation. In it she made reference to the “historic coalition of activists shut down the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle [back in 1999], the spark that ignited a global anticorporate movement.” But;
“Climate-justice activists in Copenhagen will argue that, far from solving the climate crisis, carbon-trading represents an unprecedented privatization of the atmosphere, and that offsets and sinks threaten to become a resource grab of colonial proportions. Not only will these â€œmarket-based solutionsâ€ fail to solve the climate crisis, but this failure will dramatically deepen poverty and inequality, because the poorest and most vulnerable people are the primary victims of climate changeâ€”as well as the primary guinea pigs for these emissions-trading schemes. […]Â They will aggressively advance solutions that simultaneously reduce emissions and narrow inequality. […]Â Some of the solutions on offer from the activist camp are the same ones the global justice movement has been championing for years: local, sustainable agriculture; smaller, decentralized power projects; respect for indigenous land rights; leaving fossil fuels in the ground; loosening protections on green technology; and paying for these transformations by taxing financial transactions and canceling foreign debts. […]Â In addition to the coherent narrative and the focus on alternatives, there are plenty of other changes too: a more thoughtful approach to direct action, one that recognizes the urgency to do more than just talk but is determined not to play into the tired scripts of cops-versus-protesters…”
I’ve become extremely discouraged about how things were and are being played-down the the media, in recent weeks and months, with respect to what we should expect from said conference. But this, this, could get interesting.
I guess we’ll soon see…