Copenhagen climate summit: People’s Climate Summit

Great response to socialist ideas

On Monday 7 December, the ‘People’s’ Climate Summit’ started in Copenhagen, Denmark. Members of Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI Sweden) arrived on Friday, with material in Danish, Swedish and English putting forward a socialist programme in response to the climate crisis.

The People’s Climate Summit is organised by 95 organisations internationally, as an alternative to the UN summit’s empty echoing of big business’ false climate solutions.

On Thursday, the CWI is organising a public meeting titled, ”Save the planet – fight capitalism”, at 4pm in InfoPoint Rad.huset, Onkel Dannys Plads. The meeting will discuss the socialist solutions needed, for example; massive public investment in renewable energy, collective public transport, housing and agriculture; the need for the transformation of industry under workers’ control; the nationalisation of big companies and the need for economic planning.

This week, CWI members from Sweden will also hold discussions on the issue of climate change in Copenhagen.

On 5-6 December, there was also an international youth conference, COY, with hundreds of participants. Our demands for climate justice – that big business, and not the international working class and poor, should pay for the climate crisis – received an overwhelming response, including the demand for nationalisation of the multinationals.

In the first three days, we have sold 77 copies of our Swedish weekly paper and 101 copies of an English translation of our document on climate change. We are also in contact with new people interested in further discussions about the CWI.

Here are some tips about coming events at the People’s Climate Summit:

Tuesday 8 December

Tackling Capitalism and the Climate Crisis, 13.00-15.00 in Red Room

Climate, Trade and Developement from a Gender Perspective, 13.00-16.00 in Green Hall

Delivering a Low Carbon Futur within the Transportation Sector, 16.15-18.15 in Green Hall

Wednesday 9 December

Building Community Resilience to Climate Change through Food Sovereignty and Ecological Agriculture, 15.15-17.00 in Orange Hall

Thursday 10 December

International Cooperation for Renewable Energy – in Europe and in the South, 10.00-12.00 in Blue Hall

Scenarios to Fast Transition to Sustainable Energy, 10.00-12.00 in Blue Hall

Friday 11 December

Meat Consumption and Climate Change, 10.00-12.00 in Brown Room

Claiming Rights for Climate Refugees, 10.00-12.00 in Green Hall

Launch of International Campaign on Climate Refugee Rights, 13.00-15.00 in Yellow Room

Saturday 12 December

Global Day of Action – the big demonstration from Christiansborg Slots-plads, starting 13.00, going to the Bella Center where the UN summit takes place.

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December 2009