• Corporations control UN conference as Big NGOs attempt to stifle grassroots’ dissent • The Durban disaster marks the lost decade in the fight against climate change
Durban Day of Action in the streets. Photo: Langelle/GJEP
WHO: Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle, along with Keith Brunner and Lindsey Gillies (all from VT); including special live-stream report from Jeff Conant in Oakland. All five speakers were present at the UN Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa last month.
WHERE: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VT from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free and open to the public.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 11th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The UN Climate Conference in Durban took place from November 28th to December 10th 2011
Sponsored by: Burlington Action Against Nukes and the Environmental Action Group of Occupy Burlington
Notes: Both Petermann and Brunner were carried out of the talks by UN security, ejected from the UN grounds and turned over to the South African police for staging an unpermitted sit-in protest of the corporate take-over of the negotiations. Gillies was also ejected. See http://wp.me/pDT6U-3hX
The entire two weeks in Durban were marred with controversy, which included the corporate takeover of the UN climate talks, heavy handed security measures to prevent civil society participation in the talks, and the attempt by “Big Green” Non Governmental Organizations (i.e. Greenpeace and 350.org) to control a major “Occupy” protest there. This attempted control of dissent prompted Petermann to write a controversial critique of the big NGOs, titled “Showdown at the Durban Disaster: Challenging the Big Green Patriarchy.” See http://wp.me/pDT6U-3iE
Note: Nope, that headline is not from GJEP. In fact it’s the title of one of the videos shot by the Media Co-op in Montreal during the Durban meetings of the UN climate negotiations. Their Canadian network spans: The Dominion • Halifax • Vancouver • Montreal • Toronto. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the action this video documents, including GJEP’s Anne Petermann’s scathing post on Friday “Showdown at the Durban Disaster: Challenging the ‘Big Green’ Patriarchy.” GJEP and Anne are receiving many comments and emails, both pro and con on Anne’s article. To those who disagree with Anne’s analysis: please watch this. To everyone else, let’s have a laugh, albeit a sad one, and resolve to up the ante for the people and the planet with concrete, meaningful action and analysis, and make Climate Justice! more than just two words to chant. After Copenhagen COP 15, many of us lost a long time friend and comrade, Dennis Brutus: poet, scholar and anti-apartheid activist. If Dennis was still physically present, I believe he would have linked arms with Anne and Keith; Dennis knew what struggle meant. For more Media Co-op coverage of Durban, please go to http://mediacoop.ca/durban. -Orin Langelle for the GJEP Team