One of the concerns of Global Justice Now is the effects of climate change, particularly on the poorer parts of the world.
So we are looking ahead to the UN climate talks which are to take place in Paris in November/December.
With others we are conscious of the challenge presented by the corporate power which stops real progress on climate change.
We share he fear that corporate lobbyists and global elites will take this opportunity to promote the latest false solutions.
It seems that profits will be put before the best interests of the majority of the world’s population. Overcoming these corporate interests and forcing governments to act in the interests of the majority will require a powerful movement – a movement that takes up such views as those expressed by Desmond Tutu, Naomi Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Noam Chornsky and around 100 other high profile figures in a recent statement:
‘We are at a crossroads. We do not want to be compelled to survive in a world that has been made barely liveable for us…. Slavery and apartheid did not end because states decided to abolish them. Mass mobilisation left political leaders no other choice.’
The challenge we need to rise to is that ninety companies are responsible for two-thirds of recorded greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Genuine responses to climate change threaten their power and wealth.
That power operates on several different levels – through a huge effort of direct lobbying by the fossil fuel and related industries, through an all-pervasive free market ideology which means politicians see only false, market-based solutions such as the disastrous carbon trading schemes; and through the dismantling of the ability of states to regulate and control corporations over the last few decades.
‘Mass mobilisation’ means challenging this corporate takeover as it happens. This is a big task but we are encouraged by some important advances recently, from the enormous People’s Climate March in New York to the 1500 international activists who temporarily shut down a coal mine in Germany in August.
Global Justice Now is taking a group of activists to Paris to join the protests. Collective transport and accommodation is planned. More information is to be found on www.globaljustice.org.uk
This is one of a number of issues being addressed by Global Justice Now – issues that occupy members of Horsham’s Global Justice Now group when they meet (about six times a year). New members are always welcome, but we would like to know if there are others who would be prepared to be supportive by responding to calls for individual action. Please phone or email the group’s secretary on 01403 242823; firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is easy to be sceptical, but we subscribe to the view that ‘all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for the good to do nothing’.