Upcoming COP activities

The COP26 climate talks will take place in Glasgow between 31st October and 13th November. Saturday 6th is the focus of a global day of action to demand climate justice. There are also events ahead of that.

From Global Justice Now:

Cancel the Debt for Climate Justice
When: Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 6,30-8.pm (BST)
Where: Online on Zoom
Speakers:
Faiza Shaheen – Visiting Professor at London School of Economics, writer and activist
Chris Sinckler – Policy Advisor at the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CDPC) where he works on both debt and climate issues. He is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Barbados.
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP – Labour politician who has used her position to call on the government to cancel debts of former colonies
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Friday 5 November Youth climate strike in Glasgow11am assembly at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Saturday 6 November:
Global Day for Climate Justice Find out more
In Glasgow, assemble 12 noon, Kelvingrove Park. Global Justice Now and our allies from Attac France and other Attac chapters will form a Global Economic Justice Bloc on the march. 
 In London, assemble 12 noon, Bank of England, Threadneedle Street. 
 Elsewhere, check https://cop26coalition.org/map/ for details. 
Events so far
Bangor
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Birmingham
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Brighton
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Bristol
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Cambridge
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Cardiff
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Chesterfield
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Chichester
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Eastbourne
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Folkestone
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Great Yarmouth
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Haringey
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Hereford
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Hull
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Isle of Wight
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Leamington
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Leeds
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Liverpool
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London
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Manchester
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Newcastle
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Northampton
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Norwich
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Nottingham
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Oxford
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Penzance
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Plymouth
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Portsmouth
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Sheffield
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Southampton
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Stratford-upon-Avon
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Stroud
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Swansea
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Truro
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Weymouth
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Wolverhampton
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York
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Your event not listed?
New events are being added regularly to the global map. If your event isn’t listed in this email, get in touch and we’ll add it to our threads.
Sunday 7 November-Wednesday 10 NovemberPeople’s Summit for Climate Justice 
Workshops and panel discussions which will take place both in person in Glasgow and online.
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The People’s Summit for Climate Justice, 7-10 November, will be a massive and vibrant event for learning and building ideas for achieving climate justice and system change. There are sessions which are taking place in Glasgow itself, and others which are happening online. Global Justice Now is collaborating with international allies on both types of event.
If you’re joining in online…
 
Corporate courts = climate chaos
Sunday 7 November, 11.45am-1.15pm
Speakers: Arieska Kurniawaty, Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia; Dr Kyla Tienhaara, Queens University, Canada; Jean Blaylock, Global Justice Now; speaker from South Africa tbc

Just five companies are currently suing governments for $18 billion for taking climate action. They’re using investment tribunals (or ‘corporate courts’), and they’re not the only ones. Hear from international allies about the way communities are fighting back against corporate courts – and how some governments are now getting rid of them.
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Other People’s Summit online sessions are listed here.

If you can join in person…

Global Justice Now is part of organising three in-person sessions. You can find the full details of these sessions on our website, but just to give you a taster:

 People and Nature vs The UNFCCC: A people’s tribunal
Sunday 7 November, 9.30am-1.15pm

Glasgow Film Theatre (see on google maps)

Witnesses: 
Lumumba Di-Aping, former Chief Climate Negotiator for G77 and China; Pablo Solon, former Chief Negotiator for Bolivia; Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South; Mithika Mwenda, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance; Dorothy Guerrero, Global Justice Now; and more

 Reparations, Debt and Climate Justice
Sunday 7 November, 4.15pm-5.45pm

Centre for Contemporary Arts (see on google maps)

Speakers:
 Ivonne Yanez, Accion Ecologica, Ecuador; Patrick Bond, University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development; Activists from Fridays for Future MAPA (Most Affected People and Areas); and more 

Rally: This global economy is killing us
How the climate crisis is a crisis of capitalism – and what we do about it

Monday 8 November, 6.30pm-8pm
Glasgow Film Theatre (see on google maps)

Speakers: 
John McDonnell MP, former shadow chancellor; Joshua Mata, Alliance of Progressive Labour, Philippines; Magda Ferre, Transform Europe; Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now; Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development; Lumumba Di-Aping, former Climate Chief Negotiator for G77 and China; and more

Find out more and register here

And finally, if you are going to be in Glasgow, don’t forget we’re running an activist space 4-5 November, including orientation sessions, discussions and banner making.

Global Justice Now supporters will also be meeting up at a specific point in Kelvingrove Park for the big march on 6 November.

From the Palestine Solidarity Campaign:

On Saturday 6th November, we’re joining mobilisations for climate justice across the UK.
In London, we’re assembling at midday on November 6th outside Monument underground station (Circle and District Lines). Join us to march for justice for the Palestinian people!

From Green New Deal:

We will meet at Cannon Street station at 11.30am, slightly before the march is due to leave from the Bank of England at 12 noon. It’s going to be a momentous day of solidarity and connection among everyone in London who believes in climate justice.

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We’re also organising a painting session on Saturday 30 October from 2pm to 5pm in Bethnal Green, where we’ll be creating those banners and spray painting our t-shirts ready for the march.

From Jubilee Debt Campaign:

Why cancelling debt is essential if we want to tackle the climate crisis

For more information 

– Read our briefing which this blog is based on -> Debt and the Climate Crisis: A perfect storm.

– Read about the G20’s response to global South debt during the pandemic and what it really means -> The G20 is asleep at the wheel 

– Read this article on debt and climate change in the magazine Progressive International 

– Join our pre-COP26 event where we’ll be talking about this in more detail -> Cancel the debt for climate justice

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