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Climate justice and solidarity from Lima to Paris, 13 February

The 13-14 February Divestment Days aimed at South African fossil fuel emitters, transporters and financiers merit special attention and support. This event below is just one effort to highlight the need to save the planet and especially the most vulnerable people, as we continue to build a KZN-wide civil society movement for climate justice. Also join's Sapref (Shell/BP) protest at 9am in South Durban.

Speaker: Angus Joseph
Date: Friday, 13 February 2015
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, UKZN

While acknowledging the role and function of localised grassroots actions to counter the destructive forces of capitalism and the side effects of Climate Change, we cannot overlook or over-simplify the larger global political and social narratives. As the world progresses from Lima's COP20, and we descend into preparations for Paris' COP21 later this year, we look back at the COP20 process and ahead to the year of actions and articulations building to Paris21. The thinking that should guide all planning for Paris is how can we use the global platform afforded by COP21 to maximally radicalize the climate justice movement to begin to adequately reflect the gravity of the ecological crises we face and to transform the capitalist system that is causing them. This will undoubtedly require the intersectional convergence with movements focused on the many other manifestations of capitalism (e.g., patriarchy, racism, colonialism, austerity, debt, housing insecurity, homophobia, etc.). The presentation focus on experiences in setting up the activist convergence house CasActiva as the alternative space for COP20, as well as experiences at various community houses around Peru and Bolivia. The seminar will include Durban and South African climate activists' preparations for Paris.

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 The Wolpe Trust 

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