[Pga_europe_process] Call for European days of action against the oil industry and for a fossil fuel-free future, October 14-17 2004 - London details

markb at gn.apc.org markb at gn.apc.org
Tue Sep 28 10:37:28 CEST 2004


Hi,

As part of the many grassroots events sprouting 
up all around the European Social Forum..:

G8 Climate Criminals Critical Mass
Meet NFT, underwaterloo Bridge, South Bank
Midday Friday 15th October,
ending with a London Rising Tide of resistance to climate chaos at 3.30pm
at the Edith Cavell statue opposite the entrance to the BP-sponsored National
Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross Road.

Dress code: London Underwater 2050, (rubber 
rings, fish, mermaids/mermen, snorkels,
etc.)
The people need the G8 like a fish needs a bicycle!
www.londonrisingtide.org.uk
london at risingtide.org.uk

Evening ride:
Rising above the flood waters... to visit the 
European Social Forum at Alexandra
Palace.
Meet NFT under Waterloo Bridge at 6pm.
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...which is part of this day of action, with 
currently Velorution in France also participating:

...please forward widely...

(there's a shorter version of the call below this, in case it's more useful)

* Call for European days of action against the 
oil industry and for a fossil fuel-free future *

When: to coincide with the European Social Forum 
and related grassroots events in London, 14-17 
October 2004

Oil fuels the engine of economic growth. When 
that oil is burnt, it becomes the CO2 that is 
screwing up the weather as well as the lives of 
the world's (poorest) people. We live in a system 
that values profit above all else, and this 
insane outlook is undermining the long-term 
stability of our planet.

In recent years, millions have marched in 
opposition to a war that was motivated in part by 
a western need to secure Middle Eastern oil 
supplies. Meanwhile, the deeply flawed Kyoto 
business deal on climate change has been 
proclaimed by European politicians and many large 
green groups as a good thing, sabotaged only by 
the cynical manoeuvrings of an oily US President.

But this is a myth that has to be exposed. As 
well as being time to reject capitalism's wars 
for oil and its climate change, it's also time to 
understand and reject its so-called solution to 
the problem. That 'solution', as outlined in the 
Kyoto Protocol, involves turning the atmosphere 
into a giant commodity to be bought and sold like 
barrels of oil by traders, governments and 
corporations, further deepening the world's 
already gaping imbalances of power  and not even 
effectively reducing CO2 emissions into the 
bargain. (www.tni.org/ctw/)

Let's get rid of these double-dealing hypocrite 
politicians, and get rid of energy corporations 
of all kinds, whether they deny climate change in 
public, (ExxonMobil), or spend millions on public 
relations to manufacture a thoughtful, friendly 
public face (Agip, BP, Repsol,Royal Dutch/Shell). 
They're all wading knee deep in the blood of 
countless living beings, in the way they steal 
the blood of the earth from those that live on 
it, and in the way they profit from climate 
chaos, which will swoop down hardest on the 
world's poorest.

The October action days are a time for people who 
see climate change as a symptom of this screwed 
up system also known as capitalism to draw 
strength from a widespread show of simultaneous 
unity-in-diversity. You could be explaining the 
realities of climate chaos to a roomful of 
schoolkids, you could be running a low-energy 
local café, you could be finding a better use for 
a petrol station or you could be playing with the 
traffic: whatever you plan, and whatever you 
achieve, we'd like to hear from you.

As the ESF and loads of other more horizontal, 
less party political events take place in London, 
here's a chance to kickstart a Europe-wide 
network of resistance to the fundamentally flawed 
and failed fossil fuel experiment. This as-yet 
unnamed network would embrace the principle of 
'climate justice', ie. that climate change is as 
much an issue of social justice as of the 
environment. That means it is a problem caused by 
and profited from by the world's elites, with its 
effects felt most powerfully by those with the 
least power and wealth.

We hope that this call-out might also trigger 
more of a debate about ways to cross-fertilise 
campaigns on issues like racism, gender, class 
and borders with campaigns against the oil 
industry and climate chaos.

Time is a commodity that has very nearly run out 
- unlike oil, all of which we absolutely must not 
burnŠ

Leave the oil in the ground. Let our communities 
own and run their own renewable energy supplies. 
Dismantle capitalism and Big Oil, in October 2004 
and everyday in various diverse ways. Spread hope.

It's always been the case, but never more so than 
today: the time to act is now.

Contact: london at risingtide.org.uk
Tel: 07708 794665
c/o 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES.
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short version

Call for European days of action against the oil 
industry and for a fossil fuel-free future

When: to coincide with the European Social Forum 
and related grassroots events in London, 14-17 
October 2004

Oil fuels the engine of economic growth. When 
that oil is burnt, it becomes the CO2 that is 
screwing up the weather as well as the lives of 
the world's (poorest) people. We live in a system 
that values profit above all else, and this 
insane outlook is undermining the long-term 
stability of our planet.

Whatever the oil companies say they are doing, 
the fact is that they're all wading knee deep in 
the blood of countless living beings, in the way 
they steal the blood of the earth from those that 
live on it, and in the way they profit from 
climate chaos, which will swoop down hardest on 
the world's poorest.

The October action days are a time for people who 
see climate change as a symptom of this screwed 
up system also known as capitalism to draw 
strength from a widespread show of simultaneous 
unity-in-diversity.

As the ESF and loads of other more horizontal, 
less party political events take place in London, 
here's a chance to kickstart a Europe-wide 
network of resistance to the fundamentally flawed 
and failed fossil fuel experiment. This as-yet 
unnamed network would embrace the principle of 
'climate justice', ie. that climate change is as 
much an issue of social justice as of the 
environment. That means it is a problem caused by 
and profited from by the world's elites, with its 
effects felt most powerfully by those with the 
least power and wealth.

Leave the oil in the ground. Let our communities 
own and run their own renewable energy supplies. 
Dismantle capitalism and Big Oil, in October 2004 
and everyday in various diverse ways. Spread hopeŠ

Contact: london at risingtide.org.uk
Tel: 07708 794665
c/o 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES.
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