Friday, 23 September 2011

Africa demands climate justice

acknowledgements to Douglas Rouxel

There will be a series of meetings organised by the World Development Movement  taking place in October that could provide an opportunity to link up with students and other climate activists. In London and Leeds they will be taking place in University buildings. UCU’s motion on Education for Sustainable Development was adopted at the Education International Congress this year.  Branches are urged to support their nearest event.

Africa demands climate justice

More than ever before, rich industrialised countries are using the UN climate talks as an excuse to advance corporate interests. In the run up to the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, this December people across Africa and the world are demanding climate justice.
Join us to hear speakers from social movements on the front line of the campaign in Durban. Find out how you can take action against the UK’s unfair policies that are prioritising corporate profits via discredited institutions such as the World Bank. Not only will this fail to tackle climate change, but it will also deepen existing global inequalities.

3 October: Milton Keynes
4 October: Leeds
5 October: Lancaster
6 October: Derby
6 October: Glasgow(linked event)
10 October: Brighton
11 October: Bristol
12 October: Eastleigh
13 October: London

Bandile Mdlalose is general secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a shack-dwellers’ movement in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She represents Abahlali on the civil society committee set up in response to the coming UN climate talks in Durban, working on mobilisation and education. She will be speaking in Milton Keynes, Leeds, Lancaster and Derby on WDM’s speaker tour.
Desmond D’Sais coordinator of South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, which mobilises local people against industrial pollution. A veteran campaigner on local and global environmental justice issues, he’s centrally involved in organising the alternative civil society space during the UN talks. He will be speaking in Brighton, Bristol, London and Eastleigh.
Milton Keynes: Monday 3 October
7pm at Madcap Theatre, Creed Street, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5LY. [Google map]
With Bandile Mdlalose and Deborah Doane (WDM director).
Leeds: Tuesday 4 October
5.30pm, Geography Lecture Theatre (G23), University of Leeds East Building, University Road, Leeds LS2 9JT [Google map]
With Bandile Mdlalose, Murray Worthy (WDM policy officer) and Simon Lewis (climate scientist, Leeds University).
Organised jointly with Leeds University Union and University of Leeds School of Geography
Lancaster: Wednesday 5 October
7pm at Gregson Community Centre and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY. [Google map]
With Bandile Mdlalose and Sarah Reader (WDM climate justice campaigner).
Derby: Thursday 6 October
7pm. Central United Reformed Church, Becketwell Lane (off Victoria Street) Derby DE1 1JW. [Google map]
With Bandile Mdlalose and Kirsty Wright (WDM climate justice campaigner).
Organised jointly with Derby Climate Coalition
Glasgow: Thursday 6 October
Linked event:Climate justice now: climate change, debt and Scotland’s role in global justice
With Lidy Nacpil from the Philippines. More information
Invite people on Facebook here.
Brighton: Monday 10 October
7pm at Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD. [Google Map]
With Desmond D'Sa and Deborah Doane (WDM director).
Bristol: Tuesday 11 October
7pm at Unitarian Meeting House, Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PG. [Google Map]
With Desmond D'Sa, Murray Worthy (WDM policy officer), and Alice Cutler (Trapese Collective).
Invite people on facebook here
Eastleigh: Wednesday 12 October
7pm at The Point Theatre, Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DE. [Google Map]
With Desmond D'Sa, Sarah Reader (WDM climate justice campaigner) and David Lane (Eastleigh Transition Network).
Invite people on Facebook here.
London: Thursday 13 October
7pm at University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY. [Google map]
With Desmond D'Sa, Maria Adebowale (director of Capacity Global) and Kirsty Wright (WDM climate justice campaigner). Plus poetry from Selina Nwulu.

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