UPDATE: today’s warm-up action at Speakers Corner starts at 1pm – NOT 2pm.NOTE: This advisory gives changes of details for the route of the march.
As world leaders struggle to reach agreement at the COP17 negotiations, the COP17 civil society committee (C17) is issuing a rallying call to all South Africans to join civil society, organised labour, faith-based organisations, artists and musicians in a peaceful march through Durban on Saturday 3rd December.
Ordinary people from across Africa and the World are coming together to make sure their voices are heard. Some of those most affected by the impacts of changing climate will be taking part in the march including peasant farmers from across the continent and hundreds of women from South African rural communities.
C17 Global Day of Action committee convenor Desmond D’sa: “World leaders are discussing the fate of our planet but they are far from reaching a solution to climate change. If they fail to make progress we will see drought and hunger blight our country and continent even further. We call on all South African’s to march with us this Saturday and remind our leaders they must come to a fair climate change deal that avoids runaway climate change.” Continue reading
Please join the C17 (South African civil society coordinating committee for COP 17) on December 1 from 11h00 to 14h00 for a general assembly, open to everyone, to discuss the Global Day of Action.
The meeting will take place at The People’s Space at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College campus, in Rick Turner Hall.
• Welcome and purpose of the meeting: Siziwe Khanyile (groundWork)
• Global Day of Action: plan/logistics/route/speakers: Des D’Sa (SDCEA)
• Closing: Melita Steele (Greenpeace Africa)
• Opportunity to make banners for the march
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been identified as the site of this year’s COP17 alternative space, known as the ‘People’s Space’, where national and international civil society will come together around the global issue of climate change.
The contract to utilise UKZN was signed on November 3, 2011, between the C17, a body mandated by over 80 South African civil society groups to coordinate civil society activities around COP17, and UKZN management, with the assistance of the university’s Centre for Society and School of Development Studies.
C17 aims to provide a space in which to strengthen the climate justice movement in South Africa, while at the same time consolidating civil society actions across the world during the two weeks of negotiations.
The establishment of a parallel space at COP negotiations each year responds to the marginalisation civil society frequently experiences at these events and the lack of progress that has been made by international governments in addressing climate change.
‘The People’s Space’ will thus serve as the space in which the people of the world can make their voices heard and where civil society can work towards creating another vision for addressing climate change by building a strong movement of like-minded activists and ordinary people from around the world.
Howard College venue just 6km from the COP
Situated just six kilometres from the official UNFCCC event at Durban’s International Conference Centre (ICC), Continue reading
This blog is a rather informal operation, as you may have gathered. But South African civil society has been busy organising itself for some time in preparation for the COP, with two primary goals: a neutral space for civil society activities of all stripes, and a mass consolidated march on Sat 3 December.
C17’s official website is c17.org.za. It includes a calendar of events outside of the official COP itself, and you can register your own non-COP activities on the calendar.
I will continue updating this site up to and throughout the COP – but please don’t expect it to be a comprehensive resource.
There doesn’t appear to be a final decision on the actual venue for the civil society space yet, so I’ll update you when that comes. However, survivors of Cancun will probably be relieved to hear that this whole COP, including civil society spaces, should be a whole lot more geographically consolidated than was COP16 in Mexico. I’m taking my bike to Durban.
There’s more about C17 below, in their own words. Faith community events are consolidated at cop17faithcommunities.org.za.
Here’s hoping we all find some true value in the next few weeks of craziness, and that Continue reading
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Contact : C17SouthAfrica *at* gmail.com
Climate change negotiations have not delivered what is needed to stop climate change. Following on from the outcomes of the past two years, the Durban hosted COP17 could be a defining moment for climate activists.
At a January meeting of South African environmental, social, trade union, faith community and climate justice organisations, the Civil Society Committee for COP17 (C17) was mandated to facilitate civil society engagement in COP17. The C17 will work towards coordinating joint actions at and in the lead-up to COP17. Continue reading