NYC Climate Convergence: People, Planet, Peace Over Profit

Before corporate and governmental leaders arrive in New York City this September for the UN Climate Summit, System Change Not Climate Change together with the Global Climate Convergence will be laying the groundwork for an alternative summit, what we’re calling New York City Climate Convergence.

Our objective is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace. As the corporate captured UN proposes false solutions like carbon trading and sets meager greenhouse reduction targets, we will show the world what tackling global warming from the bottom up looks like.

Occurring in the runup to the People’s Climate March – slated to be the largest climate march in U.S. history – the Climate Convergence from September 19th to the 21st will draw thousands across North America and the world. Keep up with the Climate Convergence on FacebookTwitter, and at ConvergeForClimate.org. Meanwhile, save the date:

NYC Climate Convergence

for People, Planet & Peace over Profit
NYC Sept. 19-21
ConvergeForClimate.org 

Come to a conference, skill share, and festival rolled into one!
Mobilize for system change to prevent catastrophic climate change!
Demand an end to fossil fuels and nuclear energy by 2030 and tens of millions of living-wage jobs

The UN and world leaders have been debating what to do about climate change for two decades – and gotten nowhere. Their solutions have only gotten fuzzier as the science and impact of climate change have become clearer. Now they’re coming to New York and it’s time for our voices to be heard! Join us as we discuss real alternatives and develop action plans that transform the system, rather than accept it.

We are told that technology, market mechanisms, or individual lifestyle changes are what will save the planet. They will not. Because they are all solutions that accommodate the system, not challenge it.

The root of the problem is an economic system that exploits people and the planet for profit. It is a system that requires constant growth, exploitation, warfare, racism, poverty and ever-increasing ecological devastation to function.

What will it take to change things? A mass movement for ecological and social justice that combines all our forces against a system that poisons our land, our water and the air we breathe.

Come to a weekend of politics and movement building – full of workshops, panels, music and community. The Convergence will culminate in the People’s Climate March, and will put the politics we need into the fight against climate catastrophe. We call for:

  • Millions of jobs in renewable energy, conservation, public transit
  • A just transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power
  • New food, water and sanitation systems
  • An emergency transition to a new kind of economy
  • Tax the rich & slash the bloated military budget
  • And lots more

For more information or to help organize, visit ConvergeForClimate.org

or email Converge@convergeforclimate.org

Sponsored by System Change Not Climate Change and Global Climate Convergence

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  • DHFabian

    I often wonder if people grasp the link between climate change (as well as lung disease, cancers, environmental destruction, etc.) and their motor vehicles. I saw an incident that beautifully portrayed American blindness to the impact of the American notion that we have the right to drive as much as we wish: A man was sitting in his car, parked at the curb, engine running. A women walked by, smoking a cigaret, and the man made some crappy comment to her about “polluting” his air. Clueless. We seriously need to begin discussing what happens every time we turn the ignition keys in our vehicles.

  • PaulK2

    To the tune of the spiritual “Let My People Go”

    Life in a hotter drier land
    Save creation now
    Will be stressed so hard it cannot stand
    Save creation now

    Go down, Noah, way down in D.C. land
    Tell old Pharaoh, to
    Save creation now

    Hear what the Lord has said to you
    Save creation now
    “Your great grandchildren need help too”
    Save creation now
    (chorus)

  • PaulK2

    If people can be personally unable to fight wars, and if people can be personally uncomfortable having anything to do with slavery, then people can be conscientious objectors (COs or maybe CO2s) to their own personal participation in the mass extinction. Everyone should think out their own stand. Me, I work a huge amount on developing high-impact solar inventions.

    My wife is medically sensitive to gasoline fumes in the air.

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