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1 DURBAN REPORTBACK UN Climate talks – COP17 Durban, South Africa

2 Grassroots Global Justice delegation

3 GGJ Delegation  Jen Soriano and Michael Guerrero, GGJ staff  Francisca Porchas, LCSC and Bus Riders Union, LA  Ahmina Maxey, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Michigan  Teresa Almaguer, PODER, San Francisco  Jill Johnson, Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio  Treston Davis-Faulkner, Jobs with Justice  David Gonzales, Just Transition Alliance  Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community Development, Belingham Friend of GGJ—Sara Mersha, Grassroots International, Boston

4 Copenhagen—COP 15  Copenhagen— Copenhagen Accords system change, not climate change

5 Cochabamba Accords Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth Cochabamba

6  Cancun Climate Finance—World Bank controlled NO REDDs Cancun—COP 16

7  Durban Kyoto or not? Million Climate Jobs and NO REDDs and Durban—COP 17

8 What is UNFCCC COP17/CMP7?  COP17/CMP7 is the 17th edition of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 7th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP)  Meet “annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change” – from official website

9 What is UNFCCC COP17/CMP7?  Their solution is carbon trading using programs such as:  REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation  CDM - Clean Development Mechanisms

10 What is UNFCCC COP17's solution to this problem? Durban Oil Refinery


12 GGJ Goals Call on the U.S. State Department to:  Set binding targets of 50% carbon emission reduction by 2017 (Cochabamba People’s Agreement)  Drop carbon-market false solutions and adopt Cochabamba People’s Agreement and the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth  Reject, don't reroute, and deny, don't just delay - the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline

13 GGJ Goals Expose REDDs and other false solutions to climate change that masquerade as conservation but are actually the commodification of forests, soil, and oceans. Advance rights-based solutions from people of color, indigenous and poor and working class communities in the US who are disproportionately impacted by environmental racism and climate disruption Develop relationships and strategies with international social movement allies including international trade unions and organizations working against carbon trading and so-called “green” capitalism towards Rio+20

14 Outside – People's Space  People's Space was at University of Kwazulu-Natal – Served as an open and inclusive venue where national and international civil society organizations were able to network and define their own responses to COP17  Food Sovereignty – Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community Development  Million Jobs – Treston Davis-Faulkner of Jobs with Justice  Waste Picker – Ahmina Maxey of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council

15 Food Sovereignty (Rosalinda’s slide)  Food Sovereignty spaces – Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community Development

16 World of Work Pavilion World of Work Pavilion—series of dialogues regarding key areas of economic activity escalating greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) which causes climate change and possible solutions worth the trade-union movement and working class’ support Exp. extreme energy extraction (oil, coal, tar sands), renewable alternative forms of energy (namely solar and wind), transportation (of materials and people).

17 World of Work Pavilion  Million Climate Jobs space  A people’s movement strategy to solving the economic and ecological crisis.  Rooted in public sector good job creation to promote a just transition from a high-carbon economy to a sustainable and fair economy.  National campaigns underway in SA and UK.  Potential in the US?

18 Global Alliance of Wastepickers  Wastepickers are apart of the informal recycling sector in many developing countries  The Global Alliance of Wastepickers and Global Alliance of Incinerator Alternatives brought representatives from Senegal, Costa Rica, South Africa, and India who were demanding an alternative to Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM)  CDM backed incinerator and landfill gas companies are pushing wastepickers off land because they are competition for trash  Incinerators are hazardous to the environment and health of communities around the world, and through these alliances we continue to work to get rid of them

19 Inside – COP17 (Tom’s Slide)  COP17 space - Tom Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network

20 Global Day of Action & Food Sovereignty marches




24 Toxic tour of South Durban



27 Toxic Tour - Rally in front of oil refinery

28 Toxic Tour - Police presence in front of oil refinery in riot gear protecting the 1%

29 Suggestions for Rio+20  Inside Strategy – political 101 training before Rio for the delegation – target US delegation and US-based NGOs  Outside Strategy – Host at least one workshop, collaborate with international allies – clear inside / outside strategy with demands, possible focus on carbon markets

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