GGJ Members Call for Climate Justice at COP 15 in Copenhagen



Members of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Call for Climate Justice

at COP 15 in Copenhagen



Contact: Jen Soriano 415-572-7154,

Michelle Mascareñas-Swan, 415-359-7324 cell,



[December 8, 2009] Four member organizations of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance will be in Copenhagen over the next week to bring critical perspectives on climate justice to the international debate on climate change.

Perspectives and demands from frontline communities are critical to developing solutions to climate change that address the needs of those most impacted by global warming. This has become painfully more clear in light of the recently leaked draft document from the U.S., the U.K. and Denmark, that proposes allowing developed countries to pollute twice as much as the developing countries who bear the brunt of this pollution.

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), the Just Transition Alliance, and the Southwest Workers' Union (SWU) will all have representatives on the ground in Copenhagen. These representatives include members of indigenous nations in North America and residents of communities affected by toxic pollution.

These organizations and the hundreds of other grassroots groups from across the globe will gather in Copenhagen to influence what is being called the most important conference for the future of humanity. COP 15 (Conference of Parties 15) is the 15th gathering on climate change held since the first UN Framework Convention on climate change held in 1992.

A recent report by top climate scientists updating the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment issued in 2007 shows worse-than predicted consequences. They’ve announced that most parts of the Earth’s climate systems are changing faster and more severely than they had predicted.

In the face of these urgent conditions, GGJ members and other grassroots environmental groups are demanding solutions that hold industrialized countries responsible for their contributions to environmental degradation and to go beyond band-aids and market proposals that will simply make the problems worse.

IEN has organized a multi-generational delegation of 21 Indigenous Peoples from North America to advocate for the incorporation of Indigenous Peoples rights in the language of a fair, binding, and science-based global climate treaty.

Movement Generation, a resource organization for ecological crisis and climate justice issues, has organized a delegation of 11 grassroots leaders from across the country, including GGJ members and members of the Right to the City Alliance (RTTC). Demands from the Movement Generation delegation include:

  • Targets that are real, binding, enforceable, verifiable and in line with the science, that reduce emissions at the source

  • A transparent, democratic funding mechanism to administer the ecological debt owed by the industrialized countries to the Global South for mitigation and adaptation (or… Industrialized nations spent the last 200 years creating the problem that other people are now suffering from. They must pay for the damage.)

  • The recognition and protection of the rights of all peoples’ in all aspects of climate policy.

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For quotes from environmental justice leaders, contact: Michelle Mascarenas-Swan 415-359-7324 cell,