Rally to Stop Freeway Expansion—Climate Justice from Cancun to LA

 1000 Cancuns for Climate Justice!
Rally to Stop Freeway Expansion—Climate Justice from Cancun to LA
As nations meet for  the UN Forum on Climate Change Convention COP 16 in Cancun

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 3:30pm
Gathering at South Gate Park 
Will Rally at the Park and March to 710 Freeway @ Firestone
Hosted by East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Communities for a Better Environment, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy and Bus Riders Union

 

WHAT: On Dec 7, along with 100s of actions around the world, grassroots organizations in the US and Canada will be holding over 25 coordinated events to say No! to fossil fuels and no to carbon market trading schemes that are endangering our planet. In Los Angeles, the car capital of the world and receiver of over 40% of the country’s containerized imports, community organizations will hold a rally against the 710 Freeway expansion—a dramatic symbol of America’s addiction to consumerism and the auto, choking the planet with over 50% of the world’s auto emissions at the same time as it poisons local communities with carbon monoxide and diesel exhaust.  We demand clean air in our communities and climate justice throughout the world!

 

WHERE: Gathering at South Gate Park (4900 Southern Ave, 90280) in South Gate at  3:30pm for a rally and program.  Will march over to the 710 Freeway at Firestone by 5pm.

 

WHY: Right now, as world governments are gathered in Cancun to negotiate the first major United Nations agreement for greenhouse gas reductions since the Kyoto Protocol, a new wave of developing nations and peoples’ movements are trying to stop US Big Oil and corporate interests from hijacking the UN agreement with an agenda based on false solutions like REDD  and pollution profiteering (dubbed the “Copenhagen Accord”). 

 

In Los Angeles, we join the peoples of the world in demanding grassroots solutions—not corporate solutions—to the global climate crisis.  The fight for these grassroots solutions starts right here in our communities.  The neighboring communities of the I-710 are being directly threatened by the pollution and health impacts of the freeway expansion, which would bring the freeway closer to our homes, schools, and parks, raising our exposure to asthma, premature death, cancer, birth defects, and many other serious diseases. Currently, the I-710 carries approximately 50,000 heavy duty diesel trucks on a daily basis.

 

 “We are at the crossroads of the climate and economic crisis,” explains Isella Ramirez of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, “with skyrocketing unemployment levels and overwhelming sources of pollution feeding the dirty energy industry. Today in Los Angeles, we stand in solidarity with social movements across the globe, as we urge that our local governments support real solutions for climate change.”

 

WE DEMAND:

  • We demand clean alternatives to the I-710 freeway expansion as a step toward cutting LA’s overall auto CO2 emission by 1/3 by 2010.
  • We demand that a deep health analysis be included within the I-710 expansion project’s Environmental Impact Review, so as to identify real zero-emission technology to secure a real improvement of the air quality for the local communities.  

 

Political Goals in Cancun and for Dec. 7 Day of Action:

§         We call on the Obama Administration to drop the Copenhagen Accord and adopt the Cochabamba People’s Agreement.

§         We reject REDD and other false solutions to climate change and the commodification of land, life, and water.

§         We are advancing rights-based community solutions that cool the planet as the real solutions to climate change.

 


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