U.S. People’s Delegation Takes on Trump Administration at COP23

Community and grassroots leaders from the U.S. on Tuesday announced their platform at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23). The "U.S. People's Delegation" is attending to counter the Trump administration's fossil fuel agenda and to hold U.S. states, cities, businesses and the public accountable to climate action commitments.

The platform includes youth, Indigenous peoples, frontline communities, advocates and policymakers who have come to Bonn, Germany with organizations from across the U.S. They have come together to show what climate leadership should look like.

"We are here to let the world know that most Americans support action on climate change, despite what you hear from Washington," said Ellen Anderson of Energy Transition Lab, with the Climate Generation delegation. In our state of Minnesota,we are leading the way for the Heartland of America, showing that you can cut carbon, build out renewable energy, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and save money by shifting to a clean energy economy."

With the Trump administration rolling back climate protections, expanding fossil fuel development, ramming through dirty infrastructure and withdrawing the U.S. from its commitments to the Paris climate agreement, the People's Delegation and the organizations involved are taking action to protect communities and isolate the administration by demanding a fossil free future and real climate action on the local level.

"I have seen climate change-fueled floods destroy lives and livelihoods where my family is from in India. In southern India, thousands of farmers have committed suicide because of drought," said Varshini Prakash of SustainUS and Sunrise Movement. "Within my lifetime, my home in the states could be underwater if we do nothing to stop climate change. No one should have to live in fear of losing the people that they love or the places that they come from."

Among the demands are:

  • A just and equitable transition to 100 percent renewable energy in all cities and states.
  • For U.S. elected officials to step up in meaningful ways to ensure bold climate action in the face of the current administration's rollback on climate protections, the persistence of ongoing climate disasters, and the impact of existing inequalities and governmental negligence on frontline and vulnerable communities.
  • A halt to all new fossil fuel projects, with the understanding that the fossil fuel industry continues to perpetuate the climate crisis and sow climate denial, creating a bleak future for generations to come https://apothekeschweizer.de/.
  • A call for all nations to increase their ambition, not decrease it. The commitments countries put forward under the Paris agreement were already too little, too late and would lead to at least 3.5°C of warming, not the 1.5°C and 2°C goals enshrined in the agreement. We can't let the U.S. be an excuse for other countries to dial back their action—especially since with cities and states doubling down, the U.S. could be moving forward.
  • A demand to stop negotiating cap-and-trade, carbon offsets, carbon pricing and other market schemes that avoid cutting pollution at the source.

At COP23, while the People's Delegation is calling for meaningful climate action, the Trump administration is pushing coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as an "answer" to climate change.

"From monster hurricanes to the wildfires and deadly heatwaves in the American West, 2017 has shown that the threat of climate change is now," said Dyanna Jaye, representing ICLEI U.S. Local Governments for Sustainability and Sunrise Movement. "Yet Trump has allied with fossil fuel CEOs who are dead set on profiting from pollution, including Exxon CEO turned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. They have no right to represent the American people. Though Trump and his billionaire friends may try to pull us backwards, we, everyday Americans, will keep moving our country forward and make sure our cities, universities and states take the action we need to stop climate change and create good jobs in our communities."

The list of organizations represented in the People's Delegation includes: SustainUS, Sunrise Movement, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance as part of It Takes Roots, U.S. Human Rights Network, Climate Generation, Our Children's Trust, NextGen America and 350.org.

Among the events that the people's delegation will conduct this week that are open to the public:

U.S. People's Delegation Speak Out

Date & Time: Thursday, Nov. 9, 4 to 6 pm

Location: U.S. Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany

U.S. People's Delegation Town Hall with Elected Officials

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 11, 4 to 6 pm

Location: U.S. Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany

 

Varshini Prakash of SustainUS and Sunrise Movement said, "I have seen climate change-fueled floods destroy lives and livelihoods where my family is from in India. In southern India, thousands of farmers have committed suicide because of drought. Within my lifetime, my home in the States could be underwater if we do nothing to stop climate change. No one should have to live in fear of losing the people that they love or the places that they come from. I'm going to COP23 as part of the People's Delegation to show that the American people are still in, that we're ready to fight back against Trump and his regressive policies, and that we refuse to let wealthy CEOs and oil barons lead us down the path of destruction."

Dallas Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network, part of the It Takes Roots delegation said,"We head to COP23 as part of Indigenous Environmental Network and with the U.S. People's Delegation to continue the to rise up as Indigenous, Black, and Brown communities against extraction, colonialism and to call for real action from elected leaders who have pledged to address climate change."

Kiran Ooman, a youth plaintiff with Our Children’s Trust said, "Growing up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States I have witnessed the effects of climate change, from the steady increase in forest fire severity to unnaturally high pollen counts. However, my concern also includes the places where my family live, including India and Florida, where the fatal threat of storms are worsening each year. We are working to hold the Trump Administration accountable not only for their inaction but also for the actions they are taking, such as pushing through new fossil fuel infrastructure and cutting back on environmental regulations, which puts the climate and all people of the earth in danger. As young people, we face the consequences of these actions most acutely, and that’s why I’m I’m here at COP 23 with the U.S. People’s Delegation: To remind the international community that despite our youth we are fighting the unjust actions of the US Government, and we need your support in defending our futures."

Katia R. Avilés Vázquez of Organización Boricuá, representing the It Takes Roots delegation said, "Puerto Rico has been the victim of a perfect storm of natural weather extremes, fiscal austerity measures, bad management and planning, combined with a colonial situation that prevents us from trading and learning from our sister islands in the Caribbean region.  Along with the Caribbean, Puerto Rico was hit by two of the largest hurricanes in recorded history within two weeks of each other in the month of September.  Organización Boricuá has been working on the frontlines under the most dire conditions of colonialism, corruption, and climate change. We demand a Just Transition."

Dyanna Jaye, representing ICLEI U.S. Local Governments for Sustainability and Sunrise Movement said, "Flooding is routine in my coastal Virginia home town; our lands are being slowly reclaimed by the Atlantic Ocean and communities have been forced to flee their homes. From monster hurricanes to the wildfires and deadly heatwaves in the American West, 2017 has shown that the threat of climate change is now. Yet, Trump has allied with fossil fuel CEOs who are dead set on profiting from pollution, including Exxon CEO turned Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. They have no right to represent the American people. Though Trump and his billionaire friends may try to pull us backwards, we, everyday Americans, will keep moving our country forward and make sure our cities, universities, and states take the action we need to stop climate change and create good jobs in our communities.”

Ellen Anderson of Energy Transition Lab, with the Climate Generation delegation said, "We are here to let the world know that most Americans support action on climate change, despite what you hear from Washington.  In our state of Minnesota,we are leading the way for the Heartland of America, showing that you can cut carbon, build out renewable energy, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and save money by shifting to a clean energy economy.  Our Lt. Governor said to our delegation last week that our state is completely committed to this clean energy transition, and feels the sense of urgency to move forward faster.  Our delegation represents academia, educators, and students along with civil society, youth, and indigenous communities, all standing together with the other nations of the world to support and learn from each other how to tackle this existential challenge."

Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S. Communications Manager and coordination of the U.S. People’s Delegation said, “The U.S. People’s Delegation is at COP23 to share loud and clear the message that communities back home demand a fast and fair transition to a world free of fossil fuels with 100% renewable energy for all. 350.org is proud to be supporting the work of organizations who were already bringing delegations to COP23. Our work collectively as part of the U.S. People’s Delegation is aimed at amplifying the urgency of climate action, holding accountable elected officials who have said they will step up against the Trump Administration to ensure they turn their words into action, and sharing our stories and solutions from diverse communities. We do not have time to waste, we need real climate action now.”


VIDEO: Ende Gelände Action Sun Nov 5th

4,500 People Shut Down Work at One of the Deepest Open-Pit Coals Mines on Earth!

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The day before the official start of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change #COP23, in Bonn, Germany, 4500 climate activists from the Ende Gelände alliance took direct action to stop operation of the Hambach open-pit lignite coal mine, near Buir, Germany,

#KeepFossilFuelsInTheGround #EndeGelande #JustTransition


Multicultural and Intergenerational Grassroots Delegation Heads to COP23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 30, 2017

Multicultural and Intergenerational Grassroots Delegation From the United States to Hold Non-Violent Direct Actions and Events During the UNFCCC Climate Change Convention in Bonn, Germany

 

Indigenous, African American, and Latino Delegates from the United States will participate in the UNFCCC COP23 to bring awareness to how their communities are impacted by climate change

Bonn, Germany - This week, the It Takes Roots Delegation, a U.S. coalition will journey to Bonn, Germany for the UNFCCC Climate Change Convention. This past year the Trump administration has not only backed out of the Paris Agreement but has also made an oil executive secretary of state and has nominated a climate denier to be the head of NASA. These decisions are putting Indigenous and Black and Brown communities at severe risk of climate change impacts and extreme weather.

In response and in solidarity with frontline communities across the globe, It Takes Roots, a coalition comprised of North American based networks of grassroots organizations such as Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Climate Justice Alliance, and Rights to the City will be participating in and hosting events throughout the UN Climate Change Convention, Nov 6th - Nov 17th, 2017.

From California to Canadian provinces and down to the Gulf of Mexico, Indigenous communities and communities of color are experiencing the impacts of climate change now; whether that be through sea level rise and the loss of land, extreme weather or changes in seasons which are impacting both urban and rural communities’ health and way of life. The last few months alone have witnessed climate-intensified disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria that ravages Puerto Rico, Houston, and Florida, to the eight-county wildfires in one of the deadliest firestorms in California history.  The It Takes Roots Delegation will be at COP23 to ensure that these struggles are recognized and to bring more awareness to false solutions, such as offsets and emissions, frontline fights to protect water, and the disregard of human and Indigenous rights in the Paris Agreement.

WHAT:  It Takes Roots, a People of Color, Frontline Delegation, to participate in the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

   
SPOKESPEOPLE:

  • Dallas Goldtooth, Dakota and Dine,  Indigenous Environmental Network, Illinois
  • Tom Goldtooth, Dakota and Dine,  Indigenous Environmental Network, Minnesota
  • Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara,  Indigenous Environmental Network, North Dakota
  • Isabella Zizi, Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, and Muskogee Creek, Idle No More, California
  • Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson, Grassroots Global Justice, Mississippi
  • Liana Lopez, Climate Justice Alliance, Texas
  • Monica Atkins, Cooperation Jackson/Climate Justice Alliance, Mississippi
  • Katia Vázquez, Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica, Puerto Rico

EVENTS and ACTIONS:

  • November 5th: Endegalende Direct Action; People’s Climate Summit Plenary
  • November 6th -7th: Climate Justice Summit
  • November 7th - 8th: Global Rights of Nature Tribunal
  • November 7th: U.S. People’s Delegation Press Conference 11AM
  • November 9th: US People’s Delegation Speak Out
  • November 11th: No Climate Change March; US Peoples Delegation Town Hall
  • November 13th:  WECAN Women and Climate Event

 

PARTICIPANT QUOTES:

“Counting carbon alone will not get us to the systemic solutions we need to curb climate change.  Fossil Fuel subsidies continue in the billions while the Frontlines in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands, and throughout the Southern US are  suffering from climate induced disasters now!  There is no time to wait, it is unethical, it weakens our public sector, and it leaves cities that could otherwise be resilient in peril.  Climate change is real, coal is not coming back, and the people will lead with climate solutions that are in harmony with Mother Earth. We are not coming together in Bonn to negotiate with the same Fortune 500 companies that are polluting our communities and the political leaders they support, they do not have our best interest at heart. We are coming to organize and build power with the Global South and come out resilient. ” - Angela Adrar- Executive Director of the Climate Justice Alliance

“The wildfires, hurricanes and floods of these last few months show us that we don’t have time to play games of climate denial or greenwashing of dirty energy.  COP23 is an opportunity for world leaders to catch up to the solutions already coming from communities on the ground.   The It Takes Roots delegation brings together leaders from North Dakota to Texas, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico who are advancing Just Transition and Just Recovery campaigns that will protect our land and water and move us toward community controlled renewable energy,” said Cindy Wiesner, Executive Director of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.

"A changing climate with the unpredictability of weather events has extreme negative effects on Indigenous Peoples from Alaska to the lower 48th parallel of the United States. The ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the National Determined Contributions will not save our planet as we know her and only result in average global temperature increase above 3-4°C. We are going to Bonn to see how our voices can be heard to prevent the collapse of the Nature of Mother Earth and Father Sky and prevent further harm to all of humanity and life. The climate agreement from 2015 is nothing but a trade agreement that does nothing but privatize, commodify and sell ocean, forest and agricultural offsets that allow the most responsible not only to buy their way out of compliance for emission reduction but they get to profit from it as well. This is wrong. As Indigenous Peoples we will be networking with Indigenous Peoples of the world in Bonn to demand our rights be fully recognized in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and a process for full and effective participation in the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples globally in the UNFCCC framework of addressing traditional knowledge in climate mitigation and adaptation agreements." - Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network

"Puerto Rico has been the victim of a perfect storm of natural weather extremes, fiscal austerity measures, bad management and planning, combined with a colonial situation that prevents us from trading and learning from our sister islands in the Caribbean region. We demand a Just Transition.” - Katia Vázquez, Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica

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It Takes Roots is a national multi-racial alliance, led by women, Indigenous Peoples, and queer people of color who are on the frontlines of racial, housing & climate justice across the US and Canada.  It Takes Roots brings together 150 organizations in 30 states nationwide & in Canada


Ende Gelande Action * Here & No Further - Kandi Mossett

Today ahead of the opening of the COP23 in Bonn Germany 4,500 people from around the world participated in solidarity with Ende Gelande to shut down the Hambacher coal mine.

The 'It Takes Roots' delegation was in a group on a higher level of the mine, I'll post a video and pix of that but much love and respect to our brothers and sisters that made it deeper into the mine. Our efforts collectively shut down a portion of the mine.

Yesterday I live streamed about Ende Gelande which is not the name of the mine but rather the coalition of German environmental groups which formed in 2015 and means "Here and No Further." They have shut down the mines more than once and will continue to do so until they shut the four RWE mines in the Rhineland region down for good. I was honored to stand in solidarity today in the non violent direct action. 

I was triggered by everything from the cops to the helicopters to the tanks and tear gas but it felt oddly good and powerful to be a part of this even if we only shut down a part of the mine for one day because I felt that sense of taking back our power.

Seeing this open pit lignite coal mine tore me up inside and made me weep at the rape taking place of our mother and her liver being ripped out. Many relate the coal to the liver of our mother earth because it's the natural filter for our water systems. The sheer size of this one mine was overwhelming but stopping this assault, if only for a day felt really powerful and good. #Solidarity #OneFight #KeepItInTheGround #ItTakesRoots #WaterIsLife


Women of Color protect the land, water, and housing for all of us.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2017

Hundreds of Indigenous leaders, veterans, climate and housing activists from across the country join together to stage disruption at Department of Energy and HUD

WHEN:     Friday, January 20
9am at the Department of Energy;
10am at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

WHERE:     Beginning at 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. (Department of Energy)

WHO:     Hundreds of Indigenous peoples, leaders of climate justice movements, veterans, women of color and allies gathering to defend the land, water, bodies, and homes from tremendous threats posed by the incoming administration.

WHY:     The appointments of Rick Perry, Steve Mnuchin, and Ben Carson make clear the Trump administration’s intention to ramp up the exploitation of land for private profit, wreaking devastation for the climate, for our water, and for our homes.

  • Until a week ago, Rick Perry was on the Board of the company driving the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatened the water of 17 million people.
  • Trump has signaled his desire to re-enter an arms race, leading to a greatly intensified risk of nuclear war and to increased health threats in indigenous communities and communities of color where nuclear testing occurs.
  • Mnuchin, Carson, and Trump together will threaten the homes of both homeowners and renters. Mnuchin is known as the “foreclosure king” for the over 36,000 foreclosures he instigated during the financial crisis. With half of all renters facing unaffordable rents and evictions at all-time highs, Carson has stated that he plans to turn public housing over to private interests, which will only worsen the displacement and affordable housing crises faced by communities around the country.

VISUALS:    75-foot banners, Indigenous women from Standing Rock, veterans, street theater to showcase threats posed by the Trump administration and what an alternative could look like – protecting the climate, land, and water for all people.

CONTACT:     Isobel White, 510-828-3554
Bernice Shaw, 310-880-1389

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It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance
www.growtheresistance.org


5 Things you can do to Stand with Standing Rock

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State violence is escalating against the Indigenous Water Protectors on the frontlines of the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Join us in responding to the call for national and international solidarity:

  1. GO TO STANDING ROCK and stand with the water defenders on the frontlines. Make sure you have: Your own transportation to camp, shelter/lodging, food, at least bring food for kitchen, warm clothing, positive prayerful mindset. The ask is for folks who are able to hold space, risk arrest, and follow local/ Indigenous leadership.
  2. DONATE to indigenousrising.org or ocetisakowincamp.org to support the legal team and the ongoing infrastructure needs.
  3. DISRUPT BUSINESS AS USUAL at the Army Core of Engineers Offices in your local community and demand that they deny the permit to bore under the Missouri River. Demand a full Environmental Impact Statement be completed.
  4. ORGANIZE LOCAL ACTIONS targeting the funders of DAPL, including the banks
  5. CALL THE WHITE HOUSE and urge President Obama to step in and reject the DAPL (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414

The Indigenous-led struggle in Standing Rock, North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline is a turning point in the climate justice movement. The proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, if completed, would carry a half a million barrels of oil per day from the Bakken Oil Shale Fields. The route the pipeline would take lays under multiple bodies of water, including the Missouri River that supplies drinking and irrigation water that more than 10 million people depend on.

What began with Oceti Sakowin youth running 2000 miles from North Dakota to Washington DC in April of 2016 has now grown into a powerful grassroots movement that is forcing an injunction against one of the largest pipeline projects in North America.

Through leadership from the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), GGJ is collaborating with the Climate Justice Alliance to hold weekly Standing Rock solidarity calls for our members and allies.  We are supporting delegations of frontline leaders heading to Standing Rock on an on-going basis.

We call on world leaders and global movement allies to Stand with Standing Rock and urge the US to immediately halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“It's important that the world understands the Standing Rock  fight is about much more than stopping just one oil pipeline; it’s about all of us standing together from the North to the South and around the world to keep fossil fuels in the ground and create a just transition to a renewable energy economy." - Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network

#StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife