Confronting climate change in the Maghreb, Mashreq and all over the world: What went wrong and how to overcome this situation?

A dialogue between climate & environmental activists, trade unions, peasants, women, indigenous, migrants, faith communities, indignados, OWS, Idle No More, activist from the Maghreb-Mashreq and others. In order to fight for our future we need to learn from our steps. Why climate negotiations have move backwards and what is going to be its impact in the región and all over the world. Climate negotiations in the UNFCCC have deteriorated into trade negotiations that are more concerned with promoting carbon markets than preserving nature. The high level climate summits of Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban and Doha have produced agreements that would not only burn the planet but they also agreed that polluters can keep polluting and that governments will not do anything until 2020 when it will be too late. What went wrong? What lessons should we learn to develop new strategies and build a common action plan? This multisectorial dialog will open the discussions in the Climate Space and highlight our goals to fight for our future.


  1. Occupy 2.0 Stad

    Dear admin:
    In the 13 practical point list for the Climate Space, I refer to point number 6:
    “All participants in the WSF 2013 are invited to come to the strategy sessions of the Climate Space with the only exception of those that are being funded by oil companies and transnational corporations”.
    Question: Why limiting the invitation to those exceptionalized, at an arbitrary basis. A participant funded by a national weapon industry is welcome? And how the organization can control and maintain the participation criterium?
    The oil companies and transnational corporations are maybe very good in sending and funding people with good ideas and proposals in ther discussions about possible strategy and action! Why limit yourself and isolate yourself from the possible qualitative input of people and organizations that are involved per definition in the climate discussion. Oil companies and transnational companies seem to be excluded in a not justified way, and they will certainly blame the WSF for that. It can lead to mutual exclusions, enemy-building, and the possibly related autistic behavioral characteristics that will follow. Excluding partners from the mentioned organizations is a self-disqualification of the WSF-staff. My proposal: Skip point 6, for greater legitimacy of the WSF.
    I greet you from a sunny Groningen.
    Dick Willemsen.


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