The peoples of the Pacific need help. It is no longer sufficient to speak merely of working to “protect local cultures” and “traditional economic practices.” Local peoples are being rapidly overrun by the expanding militarism, trade dominions and hegemonic battles of the United States, China and other Pacific powers. As the saying goes, “when elephants battle, the ants are crushed.”
In June, 2013, the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), in collaboration with a broad range of indigenous and small island peoples of the Pacific, and joined by activists from countries throughout the Pacific Basin, sponsored and produced a three-day series of public events in Berkeley, CA. These events were a continuation of the first Moana Nui gathering in Honolulu, November 2011, at the University of Hawaii—which IFG created in partnership with several dozen Pacific Island activist groups.
In support of the 99%Spring, IFG’s Plutonomy Program and local partners are holding a Teach-in/Training on April 10 at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in preparation for the Wells Fargo Bank (WFB) Shareholders Meeting in San Francisco on April 24.
WFB is America’s biggest bank (by market capitalization) and has America's highest paid banking CEO, John Stumpf.
Student debt now exceeds the amount of all Americans’ debt for credit card and auto loans. WFB is one of the largest lenders ($10 billion) for private student loans, charging interest rates of 18%.
Everyone is invited to hear why so many people are upset at WFB. Families facing foreclosure, indebted students, immigrants rights advocates stopping deportations, even WFB's own janitors calling for better working conditions, and others will meet with students to tell their stories and to explore how they can collaborate.
Included in the event will be a nonviolent direct action training lead by David Solnit, from the Occupy SF Direct Action Work Group.
Sponsors include: Occupy SFSU, Occupy SF's Ideological Liberation Working Group, Occupy Bernal, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Service Employees International Union, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security, Global Exchange, International Forum on Globalization
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics 518 Valencia St, San Francisco (One block from 16th St. BART)
Wednesday, December 21st
This space IS wheelchair accessible
The United Nations Climate Change Conference held from November 28th to December 11th in Durban, South Africa was tasked with creating a new global road map for reducing carbon emissions. However, the obstructive role played by the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters- the United States and China- has provoked social movements around the world to label the summit "The Durban Disaster."
Climate Justice Now!, a broad coalition of social movements and civil society, declared that decisions resulting from the UN COP17 climate summit have created a new regime of climate apartheid.
Join us for a discussion with Bay Area organizers who attended the summit to talk about what went down, how Africans and other activists from around the world organized in Durban, how the Climate Justice movement has responded, and how we should move forward.
Nov. 10, 8:30AM - 9PM Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. Honolulu. (paid or street parking available)
Nov. 11, 8:30AM - 6PM University of Hawaii, Hawaiian Studies Department Auditorium. (paid or street parking available) (NOTE: Nov 9. All day private gathering of Pacific-based indigenous practitioners/advocates at Calvary by the Sea. The purpose of this gathering is to begin producing a statement that will be developed through all three days of the conference.)
Please join us for a 3-day public conference and strategy meeting on the great emerging issues of the Asia-Pacific Region, and their effects on island nations of the Pacific, and countries of the Pacific Rim. (This event is scheduled at the same time as the momentous APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) meetings, with 21 heads of state in Honolulu, November 7-12.) Read morehere
MORE THAN 30 PRESENTERS INCLUDING THESE (See full list here)
Walden Bello (Philippines) Member, Philippines House of Representatives,
Akbayan (Citizens' Action Party),
Senior Analyst, Focus on the Global South
Jon Osorio (Hawaii), Director of Hawaiian Studies University of Hawaii, Manoa
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Igorot, Philippines) Tebtebba Foundation Former Chairperson,
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Lori Wallach (US) Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Find out more about dozens of other SPEAKERS and view the full PROGRAM schedule here
See related ARTICLES and VIDEOShere
PPJC's Award-Winning Monthly TV Program and Public Forum
Outing the Oligarchy
Naming Names in the New Global Economy:
A conversation with Victor Menotti
Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
Community Media Center
900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto [Map]
Be a part of the studio audience! There will be an opportunity for questions and comments from in-studio audience. Home viewers can call 650-856-1491 to participate.
Increasingly few, stupendously wealthy plutocrats have lately made enormous strides toward dominating global governance, finance and national democracies, while actively undermining traditional democratic expressions, such as collective bargaining rights, clean air protections, and services for social safety nets. The wealth of these individuals is so great that we begin to see a kind of global “neo-feudalism” evolving, where they themselves become the pivotal arbiters and factors shaping economies, politics, media, and many other elements of once democratic systems.
The laws and regulations that have permitted such wealth concentration have themselves been shaped by the very special interests that benefit the most, while the public treasury is almost ignored. This situation must be reversed. Putting greater focus on this problem will prove essential to dealing with it.
Progressive movements which ignore the critical roles of the oligarchy will be shadow boxing with the oligarch's hired hands – legislators, pundits, corporate spokespersons. Ignoring the oligarchs allows them to continue exerting their self interested influence with a free rein.
July 2011 Events
July 27 - Special Evening with International Indigenous Leader and IFG board member Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Igorot, Philippines).
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:30-9pm
100 Iron Springs Rd., Fairfax, CA 94930 (map)
Vicky is past president of the United Nation's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and is at the forefront of advancing indigenous rights. We will highlight developments both global (recent UN climate decisions) and local (the ongoing Ohlone occupations of Bay Area sacred sites).
Your attendance will also help raise funds for IFG's work on indigenous issues. Our goal is to match a recent $20,000 gift. RSVP here.
Appetizers, drinks, and live music by Mahal, featuring traditional Filipino instruments.
David & Sue Warner
Lynne & Bill Twist
Bing Gong & Eleanore Despina
Rodel Rodis & Edna Austria
Bill & Vangie Buell
We hope you can join us to support IFG's indigenous rights work to promote equitable, democratic, and ecologically sustainable economies.
Fix or Nix:
The Environment & Technology
in Conversation with
Stewart Brand and Winona LaDuke
Thursday, July 21, 2011, 7 p.m.
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Theater
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way in Berkeley
Tickets: $10 – $20, Youth tickets under 21 years old $5 – $10.
How can technology best be used to foster environmental sustainability? Journalist Mark Hertsgaard – the environment correspondent for The Nation and author of the recent book, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth – will raise that question and others at what promises to be a provocative dialogue with two environmental thought leaders: Stewart Brand and Winona LaDuke. LaDuke, a member of the Anishinaabe nation.
The International Forum on Globalization will be on-hand with copies of our newest report, Nuclear Roulette: The Case Against a 'Nuclear Renaissance.'Purchase now
UN Human Rights Council-
The Five Year Review & The Future of Human Rights
Saturday, June 25 · 10:00am - 4:00pm
University of San Francisco School of Law
2199 Fulton St., Rm. 102
San Francisco, CA
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
-The Universal Periodic Review of the U.S.A.:
After Adoption an Analysis of Success by Stakeholders & Necessary Next Steps to Secure Realization of Human Rights at Home Through Treaty Review & Ratification
Joshua Cooper, Director, Four Freedoms Forum
Connie de la Vega, Human Rights Advocates
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
-Implementing the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
A Case Study of Glen Cove Land Rights
Mark Anquoe, International Indian Treaty Council
Corrina Gould, Chochenyo Ohlone
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
-The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change:
The Achievements Assured in Cancun; The Dedication Needed for Durban
Changes We Can Take Together Today for a Better Tomorrow
Victor Menotti, Director, International Forum On Globalization
Brian Keane, Director, Land is Life
Claire Greensfelder, Coordinator, Voices with the Earth
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
-State of Four Freedoms Around the World:
Freedom of Speech and Worship: Freedom from Fear and Want
Thach Thach, President Kampucheas Khmer Krom
Kirk Boyd, 2048 Project
Colin Rajah, Director, International Migrant Rights & Global Justice Program
William Butkus, Western Regional, Amnesty International
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT: Joshua Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2011 Events
March 18: Japan’s Nuclear Disaster:
An Evening of Anti-Nuclear Activism
Outside Rep. Pelosi's office
Federal Building Annex
90 7th St. (7th and Mission)
San Francisco, CA
For more information: email@example.com
The Korea-US FTA will be the second largest trade agreement since NAFTA. Not only will it cost tens of thousands of jobs and weaken worker rights, the FTA strengthens the rights of corporations over public interest laws intended to protect our health and the environment.
We must let Representative Pelosi and Congress know that we oppose the corporate free trade agenda!
San Francisco Labor Council
California Fair Trade Coalition
Citizens Trade Campaign
International Forum on Globalization
Korean Americans for Fair Trade
Kim, Kyung Ran--Director of External Relations, Korean Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU), South Korea
Anuradha Mittal--Oakland Institute
Christine Ahn--Korean Americans for Fair Trade
ABC7 Bay Area News: Korea free trade agreement draws protests in SF. Protesters demonstrated their unhappiness with Obama's effort to ratify a free trade agreement with Korea.
Korea free trade agreement draws protests in SF
January 18, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In December, the U.S. and South Korea reached a tentative agreement on lowering trade barriers between the two countries. The agreement ends tariffs on 95 percent of industrial and consumer trade over the next five years, but opponents fear it's a bad deal for workers in both countries.
Outside the Federal Building at Seventh and Mission streets in San Francisco, California Fair Trade Coalition Director Tim Robertson beat the drum against the proposed free trade agreement with Korea.
"It's bad for workers, it's bad for the environment," he said.
Robertson says it'll kill U.S. manufacturing jobs while growing jobs in China.
"The deal allows for up to 65 percent of Korean products to be sourced from China," he said.
Robertson says the agreement gives China a backdoor to ship more goods to the U.S. But on his trip to Korea in November, President Barack Obama said the agreement would create jobs at home.
"For America, this is a jobs strategy, because with every $1 billion we sell in exports, 5,000 jobs are supported at home," he said.
The deal calls for South Korea to cut its tariff on U.S. made cars in half, from 8 percent to 4 percent and eliminate it completely in five years. The U.S. tariff on Korean autos would remain at 2.5 percent, until the fifth year when it too would be cut completely eliminated.
The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates the tariff cuts will increase exports of American goods by $10 billion. While the president was in Korea, protests over the agreement rocked the capital city of Seoul. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions says the deal puts corporate profits ahead of standards for labor and wages. But in Silicon Valley, senior software specialist with Korean company Kotra, Eric Kwon, says the trade agreement will benefit Silicon Valley.
"Korean companies, many Korean companies are looking for American engineers hiring into the Korea or also opening U.S. operations here too," he said.
Kwon says the Bay Area is well-known for its software. While Korea has good hardware, like televisions and cell phones, he says the agreement will increase trade for both.
Obama plans to call for ratification of the free trade agreement when he delivers his State of the Union Address, which is scheduled for a week from next Tuesday.
For more information, contact:
Tim Robertson, Director
California Fair Trade Coalition
2017 Mission St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94110
The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays - January 14, 2011 at 6:00pm
Click to listen (or download) Listen at 29:50 mins.
Cancun, Report Back
January 12, 2011
Pacific Room at Tides Center
Climate talks in Cancun reach agreements. What next? Hear from four organizations who were on the ground in Cancun advocating change and supporting other organizations’ goals.
Representatives from the International Forum on Globalization, the Ruckus Society, La Via Campesina, and the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative will report back with a Q + A to follow.
November 2010 Events
International Forum on Climate Justice, with Jim Hightower
Texas’ ex-Commissioner of Agriculture and national radio personality, Jim Hightower, poked fun at the world’s biggest polluters and discussed what’s at stake in the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Cancun with climate justice leader Genaro Rendon of the Southwest Workers’ Union and Victor Menotti of the International Forum on Globalization at a public event on November 11 in San Antonio, Texas.
Hightower mixed humor with progressive politics, urging grassroots organizing as the only way to ensure a just transition to clean economy, and calling most politicians “as confused as goats on AstroTurf” about climate solutions. The Texas Drought Project organized the event as part of a speaking tour for IFG and other Texas climate campaigners, with a special appearance by the Climate Reality Tour which was biking through on its way to Cancun.
After damaging mid-term elections dimmed prospects for US climate policy, Menotti was invited to explain the challenges Texas climate campaigners face in the context of global climate justice. “You all working in the belly of the beast can play a very important role in this emerging global movement,” he told progressive leaders from the state that is home to the gas and oil industry in the country most responsible for today’s unfolding climate crisis.
Menotti later left Texas for Mexico to finalize collaborative action plans with forest and farming community leaders. They are mobilizing thousands of their members to Cancun to demand cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that are believed to be deepening a decade-long drought which is killing the corn crops of Mayan communities who surround Cancun. See more here about IFG's activities in Cancun.
October 2010 Events
Festival: 13th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival)
Locations: Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University
Festival Dates: October 22-31, 2010
For more information: www.unaff.org
Phone: (650) 724-5544
60 documentaries from 60 countries
The 13th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) October 22-31, 2010 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. This year’s theme is POPULATION – MIGRATION - GLOBALIZATION.
Victor Menotti, IFG Executive Director, joined the discussion panel after the advance screening of "Climate Refugees,"
Sept. 15, World Affairs Council, SF
Professor Paul Ehrlich and his wife, Anne Howland Ehrlich,
coauthors of The Population Explosion (1990)
join IFG's Executive Director Victor Menotti on Monday's panel discussion
"Climate Change Impact on Population." We hope you will join us!
MONDAY October 25
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
616 Serra Street
4:00 PM THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND (New Zealand/Papua New Guinea)
5:20 PM Panel "Climate Change Impact on Population"
co-presented with Freeman Spogli Institute
6:30 PM Reception with the filmmakers View full film festival schedule
September 2010 Events
IFG and Allies Launch Cancun Mobilization for COP 16
Linking local leaders with international allies to drive global decisions
IFG recently convened another landmark meeting near Cancun, where the world’s governments will soon meet to pick up the pieces from Copenhagen’s frustrating failure to forge a global climate deal. UNFCCC’s COP 16 could yield some useful decisions to set real ecological limits on the global economy, but only if the Obama Administration drops its proposed “new paradigm” for global climate governance, insisting that the world abandon the current Convention’s strong principles for ecological integrity and social equity.
IFG has reconnected with old allies who turned out for the 2003 WTO Ministerial in Cancun—and invited in many new ones—to help inform and inspire a diverse “movement of movements” to act for global change. We’re linking our international allies with local leaders from the regions’ indigenous, forest, and farming communities, as well as urban youth, progressive labor, responsible business, and thoughtful government officials. All have vowed to mobilize their members. Cancun’s local media coverage of our activities explained what’s at stake.
Communities in and around Cancun see climate change as an urgent issue. Why? Mayan corn crops are failing due to a decade-long drought, despite the region’s recent floods, fires, landslides, and hurricanes that are also destroying Mayan tropical forests. Increasing ocean temperatures and acidification are bleaching the Caribbean coast’s rare coral reefs, while extreme weather is accelerating the erosion of its endless white sand beaches. IFG is working with these constituencies to help draw the links between these very real local impacts on rural and urban economies and the global decisions governments must make at the UN climate talks. Click HERE to see more.
How COP 16 can protect forests, plus the people who protect forests
Foremost among IFG’s priorities for Cancun is the formal recognition and full implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities in any and all decisions, especially those aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (or REDD). Mexico's forest community's success with
control over forest resources has provided a lot of lessons learned for how REDD should proceed. IFG’s convening on “Rights in REDD at COP 16” follows on an important consensus we created before Copenhagen whereby non-indigenous NGOs agreed to support the positions of the Indigenous Caucus with respect to indigenous rights in COP 15. IFG aims to keep this consensu, and deepen commitments to the UN Declaration. Click HERE for more.
Sun Aug 29, 1-4pm Big Oil and Creative Nonviolent Action Mass Teach-In Frank Ogawa Plaza, near 14th St. & Broadway (12th St BART), Oakland, CA USA
Mon Aug 30, 11:30am
March and Nonviolent Direct Action Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero BART), SF, CA USA
Plus 2 lead-up events Sat Aug 21 & Sun Aug 22 (more info)
July 2010 Events
State Department Consultations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
US Ambassador Susan Rice announced in April that the US was formally reviewing its position and solicited comments; only the US and Canada have yet to adopt UNDRIP, and some believe the US wants to do this before the UNFCCC’s December 2010 COP 16 in Cancun. As part of this formal review, the State Department is holding consultations with Indian and Alaska Native nations and NGOs to discuss the upcoming review process and receive comments. The State Department wants to receive comments from Indian and Alaska Native nations, NGOs and individuals. Message from the Office of the Spokesman, July 7, 2010
July 7, 2010: Tribal Leaders Consultation
1 pm, Department of State, Washington, DC
July 8, 2010: Meeting with Nongovernmental Organizations
10 am, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Members of federally recognized tribes can participate in the July 7th Consultation either in person or by conference call.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 2, 2010, and include "RSVP - July 7th Tribal Consultation" in the subject line. Please indicate if you will be attending in person or participating via conference call.
Anyone can submit written comments to the State Department by July 15, 2010.
By email to: email@example.com
By mail to: S/SR Global Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Department of State
2201 C St. NW, Ste. 1317
Washington, DC 20520
June 2010 Events
RALLY FOR NEW FAIR TRADE AGENDA JUNE 14, 2010, 10am St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, San Francisco, CA 94103
President Obama’s trade representative will host trade talks from June 14-18 in San Francisco to advance the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new framework among eight (8) nations: Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. (More on TPP)
Exec. Director, Victor Menotti Speaks at TPP Negotiations
Global Exchange and the California Fair Trade Coalition Present
A Special Forum:
June 14th, 2010, 7-9PM
SEIU Local 87
240 Golden Gate Ave. (Golden Gate @ Leavenworth) San Francisco
For more information please call the CFTC at 415-255-7291 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sliding scale of $10 -$25 No one turned away for lack of funds
THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEGOTIATIONS
What it is and what it means for the future of U.S. trade policy
The election of President Obama promised to be a crossroads for U.S. trade policy. Nevertheless, after campaigning as a trade reformer, initial moves by the administration suggest continuity with Bush-Clinton-Bush-era free trade policies.
On June 14, trade ministers from around the world will be in San Francisco to attempt to negotiatie a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which marks the defining moment on U.S. trade policy for the Obama Administration. The choice is stark: a new kind of trade agreement that lifts standards around the world or the expansion of NAFTA-style agreements to Asia and beyond. If the TPP is successfully negotiated, we will have an established Obama trade policy for years to come, for ill or for good.
Please join Global Exchange and the California Fair Trade Coalition as we host a forum of experts from across civil society to explore the opportunities and threats posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange, moderator
Lori Wallach, Public Citizen-Global Trade Watch
Victor Menotti, International Forum on Globalization
Zeke Grader, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations
Bill Hing, University of San Francisco School of Law
Ellen Shaffer, Center for Policy analysis on Trade and Health
Amy Kapcynski, UC Berkeley School of Law
Alberto Saldamando, International Indian Treaties Council (invited)
Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute (invited)
Tim Robertson, California Fair Trade Coalition
IFG's Victor Menotti Speaking in Point Reyes June 9th at 7:45pm
IFG's Maude Barlow in SF on June 3 at City Arts & Lectures
Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians
In conversation with Alan Snitow, Director of Thirst
8pm Thursday, June 3, 2010 | Herbst Theatre
International Forum on Globalization (IFG) Executive Board Member, Maude Barlow, just completed serving as the first Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, where she helped to draft a global protocol to establish water as a human right. "This notion that we'll have water forever is wrong. California is running out. It's got twenty-some years of water." Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, Barlow talks about how our misuse of water may actually be changing the hydrological cycle and contributing to global warming. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, a group that works to protect fresh water from trade and privatization around the world. Barlow holds several honorary doctorates and has written or co-written 16 books including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.
Alan Snitow was the News Director for eight years at the Bay Area's Pacifica Radio station, KPFA-FM, winning the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award for Best Local Newscast. His films include the award-winning Thirst and he co-authored a book by the same title.
Maude on KPFA Radio June 2, 2010 Interview starts at 38:38, and ends at 27:57
"Planet or death! We shall overcome!"
Cochabamba People's Conference on Climate Change Report Back & Discussion
Wednesday, May 26th
522 Valencia St. (Btw 16th St. and 17th St.)
San Francisco, CA
Between April 19-22 approximately 33,000 people representing social movements from all over the world converged in Cochabamba, Bolivia for The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Convoked by Bolivian President Evo Morales, the conference put forward a People's Agreement and a proposal for a Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth in response to the deeply flawed Copenhagen Climate Change Accord recently forged at the COP Summit in December. Arguing that the proposals put forward in this accord "have led us to discuss climate change as a problem limited to the rise in temperature without questioning the cause, which is the capitalist system," the People's Agreement has become a new galvanizing point for the international climate justice movement.
Please join the Center for Political Education for a panel report-back and organizing strategy session with activists who attended the conference. We will be joined by Alberto Saldamando with the International Indian Treaty Council, Colin Rajah with the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Jason Negron-Gonzales with Movement Generation, and Evelyn Rangel-Medina with the Ella Baker Center, amongst others.
Following the report-back, we will have an organizing session to discuss and plan next steps after the conference and leading into the Mexico Climate Summit in November. Bring your questions, ideas, and inspirations for moving the climate justice movement forward!
$5-$10 Donation Requested. No one turned away for lack of funds. Venue is not wheelchair accessible.
IFG Executive Director, Victor Menotti at Peoples' Conference in Bolivia
Victor Menotti and Miguel Arze Martinez, co-presidents of the Cochabamba conference’s Working Group on Technology presenting their final declaration (Spanish).
After last week’s climate summit in Bolivia, it is now possible for the governments to express the agenda of the social movements and the world’s most threatened peoples within the next official climate conference in Mexico. Read more.
7 May 2010 - IFG Board Members Maude Barlow, Meena Raman and others present UN Secretary General with conclusions from World Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth More
Maude Barlow and Daphne Wysham (IPS) on Democracy Now!April 22, 2010Watch
It may sound crazy, but from March 22-26, a group of scientists, corporations, think tanks, academics as well as some NGOs are meeting in Asilomar, working to establish "voluntary guidelines" for geoengineering. Geoengineering refers to large-scale intentional plans to modify the Earth's systems to fix climate change through techniques like dumping iron in the ocean or shooting sulphates into the stratosphere, genetically engineering biomass and turning forests into charcoal soil. The five-day event was convened by the Climate Response Fund, a new "non-profit" organization run by Margaret Leinen, well-connected with the San Francisco-based ocean fertilization firm Climos. The leading sponsor is the State of Victoria in Australia, where the world's largest reserves brown coal lie. The conference has been controversial from its inception and an international group of non-governmental organizations have issued an open letter saying it is the wrong people, discussing the wrong topic at the wrong time. Download and sign the letter.
Come find out more about why civil society is concerned about geoengineering: What are the technologies at play? Who is backing geoengineering? What critical international and national meetings are happening on these schemes? And what we should be doing about them?
from the Frontline of the Climate Justice Movement
February 24, 2010
David Brower Center - Goldman Theater
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA (BART: Downtown
9-11pm (After-party with DJLN)
Marie Rose Taruc,
Asia Pacific Environmental Network; Alberto
International Indian Treaty Council; Cathi
Tactaquin, National Network for
Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Ellen
Choy, Environmental Service Learning
Initiative; Victor Menotti,
International Forum on Globalization
Tuesday, February 16, 7pm-9pm Jewish Community Center Theatre
1529 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036 Panelists:
• Martin Khor, South Centre
• Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba Foundation
• Maude Barlow, Council
• Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation
• Victor Menotti, IFG Download
the full flyer (pdf)
Safe Passage to Cancun Getting a UN Climate Deal Back on Track
Victor Menotti, Executive Director of IFG
Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation
Maria Luisa Mendoca, Director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights, Brazil
What went down in Copenhagen? What's next for a global climate deal?
The United Nation's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen not only failed to conclude new global climate deal but also to find a way forward. Contrary to what’s being reported in the US as a victorious American initiative, much of the world does not view President Obama’s forging of the "Copenhagen Accord" as the “rescue of a collapsing UN process.” In fact, some see it as an undermining of two years’ work toward good faith negotiations that defies established international principles of equity and shifts obligations onto developing countries. Given the continuing confusion, there is an urgent need to set straight the record on Copenhagen’s results, to reinforce the reasons why a UN climate process is so critical, and to point to some possible ways forward to a successful outcome at COP 16 in Mexico. Please join the International Forum on Globalization for an informal briefing, based on their team's two weeks time on the ground in Copenhagen.
TEN YEARS: FROM SEATTLE TO COPENHAGEN
The WTO Shutdownand what it means for a
UN Climate Deal in Copenhagen
Fifty thousand peaceful protesters on the streets of Seattle
stunned the world on November 30, 1999 when they shut down
the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) attempt to launch
a new round of world trade talks aimed at expanding global
corporate power over peoples. Ten years later, the WTO remains
on the ropes due to a sophisticated global network of activists—spanning
from Indian peasant farmers to South African HIV/AIDS activists
to Brazilian workers—who have kept the WTO from concluding
its negotiations. Though maybe less visible today, global
justice networks are morphing into new movements to turn
crises like global climate change into opportunities for
political transformation. We will also discuss one current
process toward global economic transition: the United Nations’ summit
to seal a climate deal next month in Copenhagen, where the “spirit
of Seattle” is again being invoked to inspire actions.
Please join us in recalling Seattle’s popular victory
through reflections with those who made history happen, and
all who see more change to come.
Jerry Mander, Victor Menottii, and Claire Greensfelder, IFG
Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute
Paul Hawken, David Solnit and Rebecca Solnit, local author-activists
Jia Ching Chen, youth-of-color organizer
Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange
Tim Robertson, California Fair Trade Coalition
First Unitarian Universalist
1187 Franklin St (Geary @ Franklin)
For more information please
call IFG at 415-561-7650
Sliding scale of $10 -$25
No one turned away for lack of funds
On Saturday, October 24th, the International
Day of Climate Action, join thousands around the world at
over 4400 actions in 178 countries in calling for climate
justice at the Copenhagen climate talks. Join us as the Bay
Area converges next to Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero BART)
at 3pm to tell our leaders that the world needs climate justice
Transition West Marin will hold a Climate
Action Demonstration, Rally and PowerDown challenge.
There will be a march starting at Third St. and Route
1 with signs at noontime demanding 350 ppm be adopted.
The PowerDown will be a challenge to the community
to not use any fossil fuels for one day (or to reduce
as much as possible), encouraging stagecoach (bus),
carpool, bicycles, electric bike and walking. The
teach-in features Jerry Mander, Steve Kinsey and
other speakers, who will speak on global warming,the
significance of 350 ppm and peak oil.
Just South of Justin Herman Plaza at
the foot of Market St (Embarcadero BART).
NOTE: The event is NOT at Justin Herman
Plaza, but is on the Plaza lawn a few hundred feet
to the south, between Steuart St. and The Embarcadero,
toward Mission St. from Market St. Look for the yellow
flags and banners! Look for the IFG banner to meet
up with IFG staff and volunteers!
Read Out for Climate Justice: Hear Bay
Area Spoken word performers from Youth Speaks “Green
Team,” writer Rebecca Solnit and one of America’s
most popular poets, Jane Hirshfield. Climate activist-analyst
Gopal Dayaneni of Movement Generation will break down
climate crisis and climate justice solutions, SF Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi will join the call for climate action
and Greenpeace organizer Lauren Thorpe will tell us
what other around the world are doing simultaneously.
Be part of a Human Billboard:
Join hundreds of people to create a giant visual message,
spelling "350" and holding a giant parachute
banner. Aerial pictures will be taken and the 350.org folks
will in turn post them up on the mega screens in Times
Square in NYC on the same day and the photos will be delivered
to US and world government leaders.
Action Station: Sign a giant postcard or make
a phone call to send a loud message to your representatives
and to Obama. Sign up to participate in nonviolent civil
disobedience and/or legal protest on Nov. 30, the final Global
Climate Justice Action Day before Copenhagen!
SF Bike Action: 2pm Bike the SF Shoreline! Get your bikes ready for
underwater pedaling! Pull out your floaties and snorkel masks!
Sign up to be one of 350 bicyclists to ride along SF’s
future post-climate-changed shoreline as part of this Global
Day of Climate Action. When you sign up, you’ll have
the option of receiving a number, being contacted with updates,
and getting a “The Tide is Rising” flag or Patch
to keep. This action will start at 2pm from Plaza lawn a
few hundred feet to the south of Justin Herman Plaza, at
the foot of Market St. between Steuart St. and The Embarcadero,
on the south side (toward Mission St). Look for the yellow
flags and banners!
Public Education Actions at Bay Area BART stations
and transit hubs: Morning/Early Afternoon
Join or start an event at your local station!
Pass out flyers on climate justice, plan a guerrilla poetry
reading, plan an art build…the possibilities are endless.
If you can volunteer to help, please show up
Why now? From December 7-18, 2009, the world’s leaders
will meet in Copenhagen to decide what to do about climate
change. Sadly, if these leaders reached an agreement today,
it wouldn’t be strong enough to do much good.
Scientists tell us that the maximum level of
CO2 our atmosphere can safely bear is 350 parts per million.
Beyond that, our earth and its species are at imminent risk
of catastrophic changes we’ll never be able to stop — meaning
billions of people will die. Today, the level of CO2 in the
atmosphere is already at 390 worldwide — and it’s
rising at 2 parts per million per year. In order to bring
our climate back to the safe zone and avoid catastrophic
consequences, we need a global agreement to make massive
emissions cuts now. But we can’t wait for politicians
to do the right thing. There’s only one way we can
achieve that: we need to turn the political heat way up — and
push back the corporate and big business lobbyists pushing
false solutions (like clean coal and carbon trading) so they
can keep polluting and keep profiting. Climate change is
so serious, we can’t afford half measures or anything
less than addressing the root causes. Climate Justice means
that those most responsible for climate change (rich countries
and climate polluting industries) must be made to take responsibility
and those least responsible (developing countries and low
income communities and communities of color) must not be
the most impacted.
The good news is “street heat”—public
pressure and protest—works. Over 1500 actions are planned
in over 110 countries for Oct. 24th. Join the growing global
movement creating “street heat” for climate justice
in the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate talks.
Update on News from Niger Delta /
Suit Against Shell Oil
Ken Saro-Wiwa (Greenpeace)
Oronto Douglas, Co-Founder of Nigerian
Environmental Rights Action
Speaking THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 12pm - 1pm at
International Forum on Globalization
1009 General Kennedy Ave. 2nd Floor, Conference Room, San
Recent headlines don't tell the real story about attacks
by the Nigerian military on communities in the oil-producing
Niger Delta, nor about how Royal Dutch Shell will appear
before a federal court in New York to answer charges in connection
with the execution of Nigerian author/activist Ken Saro-Wiwa
by Nigeria's former military regime. Please join IFG in welcoming
Oronto as our "African Scholar in Residence".