It Takes Roots at COP24
Katowice, Poland, December 3-14, 2018
Our Future Will Not Be Traded
Heads of state and international leaders will meet in Poland from December 3-14, 2018, for COP24, the next round of U.N. climate-change talks. The Climate Justice Alliance is on the ground as well, together with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Grassroots Global Justice, the Just Transition Alliance and Via Campesina, as part of the It Takes Roots delegation. We are building and organizing together with our international allies, in the face of increasing racism, white nationalism and corporate control.
As we head into COP24, the crisis of global warming and climate change has only become more evident as what could very well be the greatest danger to survival of humanity that we have ever faced. It is a crisis caused by a very clear, specific reason—the ongoing accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C warns that to stay below 1.5°C, “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land-use, energy, industrial development, buildings, air, ground, ocean transport, and cities, the world must take immediate action to transition away from fossil fuels. The IPCC report concludes that a world with 2°C of global warming will lead to more heat-related deaths, smaller crop yields, more intense extreme weather events, slower economic growth, more people in poverty, and an increase in the population facing water stress by up to 50%, compared to a 1.5°C world. These impacts will get progressively worse if temperatures warm beyond the 2°C limit. Indigenous Peoples, frontline communities and everyday people around the world, are already facing devastating impacts from wildfires, floods, drought, and food insecurity.
The climate science is clear: we must reduce emissions as soon as possible—especially emissions from burning fossil fuels.
Negotiations at COP24 are focused on the implementation of the Paris Agreement with the framework for international action being the Rulebook that will set this Agreement in motion by laying out the tools and processes to enable its full, fair, and effective implementation. Countries agreed to develop and finalize the Paris Rulebook at the COP24. ITR recognized that the adoption of the Rulebook will provide guidance for how countries should implement and strengthen their national climate plans under the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Real emission reductions happen at the source where they are produced: coal mines, oil refineries, tar sands, fracking, waste incinerators, the aviation industry. Carbon pricing, carbon markets and offset schemes, domestic and internationally, do not cut emissions at source and release dangerous levels of toxic emissions spewing in environmental justice communities located at the fenceline alongside toxic industries, with the erroneous assumption that investments in the conservation of forests and ecosystems in one place can somehow “neutralize” fossil fuel emissions taking place elsewhere. At the same time, the implementation of REDD+ and similar forest-based carbon credit and payment for ecological services schemes have been documented in many instances to have failed to recognize the principles of Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), and have resulted in land grabs, human rights violations and the loss of livelihood for forest-dependent communities. For all of these reasons, Article 6 of the Paris Agreement is a central focus for It Takes Roots and Indigenous and frontline communities impacted by the financialization of nature and carbon pricing and trading schemes.
Solidarity to Solutions (Sol2Sol) Week
It Takes Roots COP24 North American Frontline Delegation Flier
Climate Justice Activists March Out of US COP23 Event on Fossil Fuels
At the COP23, the FIJI UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany in November 2017, a group of youth and multiracial activists from the Indigenous Environmental Network, SustainUS, It Takes Roots, and 350.org marched out after disrupting the U.S. delegation’s sole event, “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation.”
Carbon Pricing Report
The Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance launched the Carbon Pricing report at COP23. Carbon market systems will not mitigate climate change, will not advance adaptation strategies, will not serve the most vulnerable communities facing climate change impacts and only protect the fossil fuel industry and corporations from taking real climate action.
Download the report Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance (PDF).
The People’s Demands
It Takes Roots is aligned with more than 150 organizations globally who have signed on to support the People’s Demands to COP24:
1. Keep fossil fuels in the ground
2. Reject false solutions that are displacing real, people-first solutions to the climate crisis
3. Advance real solutions that are just, feasible, and essential
4. Honor climate finance obligations to developing countries
5. End corporate interference in and capture of the climate talks
6. Ensure developed countries honor their “Fair Shares” for largely fueling this crisis
For information about events and actions related to the People’s Demands, and to sign on to the demands, visit: www.PeoplesDemands.org
It Takes Roots is a multiracial effort led by women and gender oppressed people of color and Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice across the country. The collaboration began during the organizing for the Peoples Climate March in 2014 and has since continued to build a Visionary Opposition.
Today It Takes Roots has alliance members in 200 organizations and in more than 50 states, provinces and Indigenous territories, nationwide and in Canada. Each alliance is led by grassroots organizations, and each brings unique contributions to our collective work.
Partial List of ITR Events During Cop24
Tuesday, December 4, 16:45 – 18:15
Transitioning to a New Era of the Paris Agreement – Mechanisms for Increased Ambition
Location: COP24 Venue, G-Room 2, Pieniny
In light of the potential impacts of old Kyoto mechanisms on the Paris Agreement, this event will discuss how to transition towards a new system for international transfers under Article 6, and how to adopt safeguards to ensure that markets actually contribute to reducing overall emissions, respect human and indigenous rights, and promote sustainable development.
Wednesday, December 5, 11:30 – 13:00
Side Event – Fork in the road: Just Transition & True Climate Action or Dangerous Distractions and Climate Chaos?
Location: COP24 Venue
Parties face a choice between a global climate response that is meaningful and just or one that promotes profits over people. This event will explore the opportunity posed by Paris Agreement implementation, discuss real solutions to the climate crisis, and barriers to their access and implementation. Tom Goldtooth, speaking with; Moderator: Corporate Accountability; Pascoe Sabido, Corporate Europe Observatory; ETC Group; and others
Saturday, December 8, 12:00 – 17:00
Location: plac Wolności (Freedom sq)
Sunday, December 9, 11:00 – 13:20
Just Transition: Building Local Living Economies
Location: Climate HUB
A panel presentation with representatives from IEN (Tom BK Goldtooth), Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, La Via Campesina, the Just Transition Alliance; Friends of the Earth International, Transnational Institute. This workshop will deepen discussion around what Just Transition means when grounded in the leadership of Indigenous Peoples, food producers, fence-line communities, and frontline workers movements.
Monday, December 10
Just Transition Day
Location: Climate Hub
It Takes Roots delegation members will participate in some of the Just Transition events happening thought out the day.
Tuesday, December 11, 11:30 – 13:00
From Local Approaches to (Inter)National Policy: Gender Just Transition and Decent Work
Location: COP24, Room “Warmia”
Just Transition needs to promote rapid decarbonization, challenge social inequalities and overcome a green growth agenda. We need to question the predominant idea of work, power relations and consider intersectional issues (gender, human rights) and the participation of indigenous/local communities. Speakers: Avril de Torres, Philippines, Patricia Bohland from GenderCC; Dunja Krause, UNRISD; Jaron Browne, National Organizer, Grassroots for Global Justice (GGJ) alliance; stepping in for Tom Goldtooth, IEN.
Wednesday, December 12, 18:30 – 21:30
Radical Realism – 1.5°C is possible
Location: Climate HUB
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is convening this discussion on many of the critical axes of struggles within the climate justice movement, include Human Rights, the Rights of Mother Earth, Geoengineering and the HOME campaign. Speakers will include Cynthia Mellon from the Climate Justice Alliance as well as a number of our global allies.
Wednesday, 12 Dec 11:30-13:00
Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions
Location: COP24, Room ‘Bieszczady’
Join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International at the UNFCCC COP24 climate talks! During this December 12th COP24 side event, ‘Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change’ – grassroots and Indigenous women leaders, alongside representatives from international organizations, will speak out to address the need for solutions based in a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, Indigenous rights advocacy, agro-ecology implementation, fossil fuel resistance, and protection of women land defenders.
FEATURING – Carmen Capriles (Feminist, Human Rights and Environment Defender, Bolivia); Ruth Nyambura (Feminist, Organizer and Researcher, Kenya); India Logan-Riley (Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Youth climate leader, Aotearoa/New Zealand); Aneesa Khan (COP24 Delegation Leader with