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ISS Workshop: Launch of Western Cape Climate Justice Now! South Africa
Date: 31 July 2009 - 1 January 1970

ISS Workshop: Launch of Western Cape Climate Justice Now! South Africa
Cape Town, 31 July 2009

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Please join us to discuss the development/launch of Climate Justice Now! South Africa at a workshop hosted by the Institute for Security Studies` Corruption and Governance Programme.

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CJN! Is an alliance of more than 160 organisations across the world that are committed to the fight for genuine solutions to the climate crisis. As a broad-based movement which is fast gathering momentum it believes that any shared vision on addressing the climate crisis must start with challenging the dominant development model, exposing false solutions to climate change, and encouraging positive solutions. CJN! recognises that the threat of climate change has integrated old and new struggles; thus the struggle for climate justice is the same as the struggle for land, water, forests, agrarian and urban reform, food and energy security, women`s and workers` rights. CJN! calls on everyone to raise the voices of the global South, defend human rights and strengthen solidarity in the fight for climate justice.

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Members of CJN! participate in all the UN climate meetings, have common meeting spaces and produce common media messaging, distribute and share information on latest climate efforts, and participate in local and international actions. See below for CJN! Principles.

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So far, there have been two local meetings to discuss the launch, one at the national Climate Change Summit in March and the other in Durban (KZN meeting) in June in which there was significant interest from a host of civil society organisations. This time representatives from a wide range of CSOs in the Western Cape within and outside of the environmental niche will participate in a meeting where we will have open, democratic discussion on these issues and collectively decide on a way forward for the organisation and the battle for real, meaningful action on climate change.

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Agenda

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  1. Welcome

  2. Background to CJN! (origin, principles and activities)

  3. Rationale for launching a national chapter/CJN! SA

  4. Developing principles for CJN! SA

  5. Actions and activities for CJN! SA

  6. Organisational issues (Structure, functioning, funding)

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Climate Justice Now! Principles

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Communities in the Global South as well as low-income communities in the industrialised North have borne the toxic burden of this fossil fuel extraction, transportation and production. Now these communities are facing the worst impacts of climate change - from food shortages to the inundation of whole island nations.

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Inside the global climate negotiations, rich industrialised countries have put unjustifiable pressure on Southern governments to commit to emissions reductions. At the same time, they have refused to live up to their own legal and moral obligations to radically cut emissions and support developing countries` efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts.

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Climate Justice Now! will work to expose the false solutions to the climate crisis promoted by these governments, alongside financial institutions and multinational corporations - such as trade liberalisation, privatisation, forest carbon markets, agrofuels and carbon offsetting.

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We will take our struggle forward not just in climate talks, but on the ground and in the streets, to promote genuine solutions that include:

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  • leaving fossil fuels in the ground and investing instead in appropriate energy- efficiency and safe, clean and community-led renewable energy

  • radically reducing wasteful consumption, first and foremost in the North, but also by Southern elites

  • huge financial transfers from North to South, based on the repayment of climate debts and subject to democratic control. The costs of adaptation and mitigation should be paid for by redirecting military budgets, innovative taxes and debt cancellation

  • rights-based resource conservation that enforces Indigenous land rights and promotes peoples` sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water

  • sustainable family farming and peoples` food sovereignty. We are committed to building a diverse movement locally and globally for a better world. Climate Justice Now!

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Date: Friday 31 July 2009
Time: 09:00 – 14:00 (Tea and lunch will be provided)
Venue: Townhouse Hotel, 60 Corporation Street, Cape Town CBD

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RSVP: Natashia Emmett (nemmett@issafrica.org or fax 021 4617213) by Wed 22 July 09

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