Road to Paris Objectives and Approach
Objectives • Convene key frontline community leaders from social movements around the world, and ensure leadership of youth, women, peasants and Indigenous Peoples in global climate justice organizing and policy. • Coordinate climate justice actions, frameworks and campaigns nationally within the US and in relationship with movements internationally. • Strengthen our global climate justice movement by building our collective cohesion as a US grassroots movement and building relationships with European and other international social movements. • Build pressure on the United Nations inside the negotiations and outside in the popular mobilizations. • Develop and align plans for post-Paris implementation of the outcomes of the agreement and to continue the movement building process nationally and internationally. • Collect, document and disseminate joint strategies for climate justice, and lessons and outcomes from social movement activities and the COP21. Approach 1. Mobilize for climate justice: We will continue the momentum from our participation and leadership in the People’s Climate March to supporting activities in the Gulf Coast this summer, highlighting communities that have the Roots to Weather the Storm. • During the Summer of Our Power, CJA will coordinate a national “relay” across US communities to highlight frontline struggles and solutions to the climate crisis, engaging members in events and workshops, culminating in a Gulf South Rising activity in New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. GGJ members will participate throughout the relay, and Grassroots International will facilitate inclusion of international climate justice movement participation. • Mobilize on the Global Days of Action in connection with the Coalition Climat 21, and members of the US-based People’s Climate Movement. (see calendar for details) 2. Participate in and convene strategic meetings: GGJ will work with Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Grassroots International (GRI) to convene key grassroots and frontline community leaders from the US and international social movements for a series of meetings to chart strategies and next steps, in Paris and beyond, combining the power of inside and outside forces: • Convene a US-based National Coordination Team (NCT) of GGJ and CJA members for Road to Paris & Beyond, anchored by GGJ, IEN and IPS, to identify common ground and shared strategies on the inside negotiations and outside mobilizations. The Road to Paris NCT will draw on lessons from the NCT for the People’s Climate March in September 2014. • Organize US-based grassroots frontline community participation in the Climate Space and Coalition Climat 21 strategy meeting in October and in the following period. • Coordinate a North-North exchange of key leaders from grassroots frontline communities in the US to share lessons and strategies with European allies in Coalition Climat 21 and Alternatiba on anti-racist organizing and engagement of communities of color, focusing on engaging African & Arab communities in Paris mobilizations. • Participate in and support convening of strategic meeting of international social movement leaders in Spring 2016 following the Paris negotiations to evaluate and assess the mobilizations, actions and movement building in Paris, and develop coordinated joint strategies to advance post-Paris organizing. 3. Organize a delegation of 50-75 grassroots frontline community members and organizers from the US to Paris, prioritizing members of GGJ and CJA, to put pressure on the US Government delegation and US based transnational corporations at the UNFCCC COP21, to bring the Just Transition framework and Environmental Justice principles of the Our Power Campaign into the international movement arena, and to strengthen relationships amongst delegates and our national and international allies. Delegates will be selected ensuring a diversity of gender, age, racial and regional representation. • The GGJ/CJA delegation will engage frontline communities inside the UNFCCC COP21 negotiations through the Women’s and Youth caucus, Climate Justice Now meetings, supporting IEN and Indigenous peoples actions and events, and co-sponsoring side events and press conferences. • GGJ is exploring a collaboration with Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN), European feminists and the World March of Women to co-sponsor a Women’s Assembly the week of December 7 in Paris, to strengthen a gender justice and climate framework in the overall outside mobilizations. • The delegation will plan and participate in actions with Climate Space allies while in Paris; i.e. activities around food sovereignty with La Vía Campesina. 4. Coordinate political and logistical preparation for the overall delegation, including: • Ensuring logistical and financial support for the delegates. • Preparing political education webinars on what is at stake in the UN climate process. • Working with close allies nationally and internationally to do trainings for delegates on political education, non-violent direct action, narrative communications skills and grassroots fundraising. • Strategizing for the post-Paris work in the Our Power Campaign, especially in relation to Obama’s Clean Power Plan and the 2016 Presidential Elections. 5. Write Post-Paris Report on What’s Next: We will document the successes and challenges of building the global people’s climate process, drawing from interviews with key leaders. In early 2016 the report will be publicize and disseminated to support the integration and implementation of agreed-upon strategies post-Paris. 6. Mobilize and expand the movement for climate justice by highlighting frontline solutions to the climate crisis through social media, video, blogs, petitions and other media. With the extensive social media networks that GGJ, GRI and CJA have built up over the years, we will lift up the voices and experiences coming from organizing efforts in the US, and bring back examples from international allies and partners.