COP22 Morocco Delegation 2016
At the end of 2015, Grassroots Global Justice, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance built the It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm delegation to Paris. We took to the streets along our social movement allies from around the world to raise the critical struggles facing frontline communities who are facing the worst impacts of the climate crisis an the extractive dig-burn-dump economy.
While our movements have been successful in forcing global leaders to the point of signing a global agreement, in the end, the details of the Paris Agreement itself reflect many of the interests of the fossil fuel industry, and UN leaders acknlowledge that the total pledges made fall dramatically short of what is needed to prevent global catastrophe.
The real power that is advancing climate leadership is coming from below. The grassroots movements are the most powerful engines of change. Nothing demonstrates that more powerfully than the Indigenous-led struggle of the water defenders in Standing Rock. More than 5000 Indigenous people from hundreds of tribes across North America have maintained a continuous blockade of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Standing Rock is a turning point for the climate justice across North America, and will be a critical point of struggle as the US continues to position itself as a global climate leader in the world stage at COP22.
GGJ, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Climate Justice Alliance are again collaborating on an It Takes Roots delegation of frontline grassroots leaders to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco from November 7-19, 2016.
- Tom Goldtooth- Indigenous Evironmental Network (IEN)
- Alberto Saldamando - Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
- Kali Akuno - Cooperation Jackson
- Diana Lopez - Southwest Workers Union (SWU)
- Jose Bravo – Just Transition Alliance
- Angela Adrar - Climate Justice Alliance
- Jaron Browne - Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ)
It Takes Roots Delegation Priorities at COP22
- Urge the US to immediately halt the Dakota Access Pipeline
- Strengthen Human Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Affirm global commitments to 1.5°C and emission cuts to reach this goal
- Reject offsets in the calculation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
- Reject dirty energy greenwashing
- Align climate policy with leadership from women in frontline communities
- Strengthen mechanisms for the Global North to pay reparations to the Global South
- Make commitments to keep fossil fuels in the ground and pursue a Just Transition toward a regenerative economy