Beyond Paris – what can I do next?
What happened at the UN climate summit?
The UN has said they want to aim to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above the pre-industrial baseline. So easy to say – but words are nothing without action. And while the frackers keep on fracking, drillers keep on drilling and diggers keep on ripping up fossil fuels from under the ground, we remain deeply sceptical.
The reality is that 1.5 degrees means zero emissions and the end of the age of fossil fuels – and that can only mean a fundamental change for the power at play at the heart of our national and global economies.
Whatever words the final COP agreement does or does not contain, the global climate justice movement will have to force the change every step of the way. Every mining project, every fracking site and every pipeline must be challenged.
All of us on the planet today are part of this story whether we like it or not. The ending is not yet written. Let’s get on it.
What happened on the streets?
Reclaim the Power organised hundreds of people traveling from the UK to take part in what had been planned to be a day of mass civil disobedience in the final days of the summit. The French government tried to ban our #Redlines action under the State of Emergency - but we carried on organising, training and generating momentum. At the last moment on Friday, the police were forced to 'permit' our action. Thousands swarmed the streets between the Arc de Triomph (a tribute to European colonialism and militarism) and the fossil fuel headquarters at La Defence.
Over 107 action groups were registered on the climate games site, with actions in Paris and in London and beyond. Too much happened over the two weeks to mention everything here. However there have been numerous collections of photos, videos and articles like these to look over at your leisure.
What can I do now?
We took our red line to Paris, now let’s put a red line around the UKs fracking front line. Upton, near Chester, is the country’s longest standing community protection camp. It’s due to be evicted any day now so that test drilling for unconventional gas can start.
J16 will kick-start a groundswell of action for climate justice this year in the UK. Groundswell is a call to escalate climate justice actions throughout 2016. It will link up groups taking action, and create new avenues for people to engage in civil disobedience. We are aiming to have one action every week over the year. To find out more about Groundswell and direct action training, you can get more information here.
The next big Reclaim the Power gathering will be in London info[at]reclaimthepower.org.ukat the Hive, 260- 264 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4DG. Everyone is invited, and if you plan to come please email
. Please organise your own accommodation in London if you can, but if that isn’t possible don’t stress, we can arrange somewhere for you to stay if you email us to let us know.
Over that weekend meeting there will be a program of planning, sharing and organising for 2016 and beyond. We will also be discussing an international call for a week of climate action called Break Free in May, with actions planed around the world, from the Philippines to Germany.
Wishing you an exciting, hopeful and empowered 2016.