[Pga_europe_process] Climate justice & PGA: Belgrade conference
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markb at gn.apc.org
Wed Nov 3 14:40:36 CET 2004
Climate justice & PGA: Belgrade report
Here's part of the text of a leaflet distributed at the July 2004
Belgrade conference by people involved with Rising Tide in the UK:
'Climate justice & PGA - time for a closer connection?
Oil fuels the engine of economic growth. When that oil is burnt, it
becomes the CO2 which is screwing up the weather as well as the lives
of the world's (poorest) people. So climate change is a capitalist
disease. We live in a system that values profit above all else, and
this insane outlook is undermining the long-term stability of our
It's pretty certain that you know about this already. The purpose of
this leaflet is to start a debate in this conference about ways to
cross-fertilise campaigns on issues such as racism, gender, class and
refugees with campaigns against the oil industry and climate change.
We aren't suggesting that you stop working on your one issue (if you
only have one!) and start only saving the climate. But we are asking
you - urgently - to bring a climate change perspective to your
actions when you can.'
2 workshops on this subject were held. One was in the form of a film
night and general discussion, and the other had more of a practical
'what next?' focus. Planned local outreach didn't come together,
unfortunately. While we're happy that we had the chance to raise this
issue at the conference, and to make contact with several interested
people from many different countries, the debate that we'd hoped to
stimulate didn't really take place. Nevertheless, we feel confident
that a Europe-wide network of groups and individuals committed to the
dismantlement of the oil industry and tackling the root causes of
climate chaos was brought a step closer.
Contact: london at risingtide.org.uk
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