6 Apr 2012

Occupy the atmosphere: Alternative Conference for the Rio Summit

Alternative Conference for the Rio Summit

Saturday 16th June to Sunday 17th
(the weekend preceding the summit Wednesday 29th to Friday 22nd)
 Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change with the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Department for Development Studies.

Taking place at the central London Universities - SOAS, the Institute of Education (IOE) and University College London (UCL). Opening plenary in IOE, Thornhaugh Street off Russell Square, Russell Square Tube. Map here.
Rio to Rio: 20 wasted years?
Between 1992 and 2012:
The global surface temperature has risen by 0.38C.
The Arctic sea ice has decreased by 2.94 million square kilometres
The CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by 35.19 PPM.
30 661 900 hectares of Brazilian forest have been lost.
More than 431,215.08 million tonnes of CO2 have been emitted.
The amount of CO2 emitted per year has risen from 21,421.45 to 30,398.42 million tonnes.
A wide range of workshops and seminars  - and an exciting main plenary  - are planned.
Titles include :

“Food Security how can we stop a tragedy unfolding ?”
“Green Energy versus ‘Extreme’ Energy”
“One Million Climate Jobs”
“Inequity is not only bad for society but a barrier to dealing effectively with the ecological crisis”
“Renewing Political Commitment to win the global battle against eco-calamity: a lost cause or is there a way forward. ?”
“We will not achieve environmental justice without a fundamental shift in values”
“New legal frameworks for a new era of environmental progress and justice”
“Can London lead the way in the fight against climate meltdown ?”
and more workshops on Green growth vs De-growth, bioenergy and land grabs, forests and biodiversity, aviation, geo-engineering, oceans, Zero Carbon Britain by 2030, arctic methane time bomb, generational justice, climate refugees, civil disobedience, “fracking”, population, gender and climate change, false solutions, TREC: energy from the deserts, …and more.  
 Early confirmed speakers include:
John McDonnell MP (Labour), Jean Lambert MEP (Green Party). Fiona Harvey (Guardian correspondent), Jenny Jones (Green AM & Mayoral candidate), Aniol Esteban (New Economics Foundation), Derek Wall (Green Party/Green Left),  John Stewart (chair Airport WatchHACAN etc) Stephen Tindale (ex-Director, Greenpeace), Oliver Tickell (author Kyoto 2), Mayer Hillman, Mel Evans (Platform), Prof Peter Mollinga (SOAS), Hannah Smith (COIN & Refugee & Migrant Climate Forum), Deepak Rughani (Biofuelwatch), Murad Qureshi (GLA & Bangladeshi community), John Lanchberry (RSPB), Rich Hawkins (PIRC), David Powell (Friends of the Earth), George Barda (Occupy LSX), Centre for Alternative Technology,  World Development Movement,  Action AidNative Spirit FoundationUK Tar Sands Network,  David Wasdell (Meridian Project), Andrew Lockley & Tim Kruger (on geoengineering), Suzanne Jeffrey (CCC Trade Union Group), Paul Mobbs, Debi Wagner (US Citizens Aviation Watch via skype), Chris Baugh (assistant General Sec Public  & Commercial Services Union), Peter Challenor  (National Oceanography Centre), Tony Kearns (assistant General Sec Communication Workers Union), Speaker from the Eradicating Ecocide Campaign, Gerry Wolfe (TREC-power from the deserts), Frans C.Verhagen (US Aviation Watch via Skype on Green Economy), Muzammal Hussain (Wisdom in Nature), Susan Roaf & Fergus Nichol (on built environment), Terry Reintke (co-spokesperson FYEG- Federation Young Euro- Greens), Miguel Angel Diaz (National Coordinator Joves d'Esquerra Verda, Catalonia), Melanie Strickland (Wild Law, Occupy), Daniel Scharfe (Greenspeed)   …and many more invited.
Check http://www.campaigncc.org/altsummit  for updated details.

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