Friday, December 18, 2009

Expand Free Public Transport

Civil Society has to reflect on the failure of the last decades of climate politics, realising that state leaders won’t save the world. It is up to the people to unite in social movements and fight for fundamental changes, thereby breaking the hegemonic discourse about climate change. This includes influencing policy-making on all levels, popular education, acts of civil disobedience as well as living and practising alternative livestyles. This has to happen within communities and during the COP15 summit. Let‘s make Copenhagen a turning point of the global climate movement – which will eventually force governments to take real action and implement appropriate policies.

  • the provision of massive funds for adaptation and climate protection especially for the Global South in order to repay the ecological debts
  • a clear commitment to technology transfer
  • a radical altering of official climate policies (e.g. ban of new coal power plants, introduction of strong state regulation)
  • Beyond that, we also need profound changes at the domestic level:
  • questioning endless capitalist growth and the „western“ way of consumption
  • halting trade liberalisation
  • achieving food sovereignty
  • concrete projects for the transformation of socially and ecologically harmful industries (these technologies have to be phased out)
  • the expropriation of energy companies in order to develop a decentralised and democratic energy supply
  • support for refugees worldwide
  • leaving the fossil fuels in the ground
  • expanding free public transport [our emphasis]