COP - Climate Open Platform
The Paris Agreements of COP21 in 2015 seemed an important first step in the right direction. Six years later, the results are largely unsatisfactory.
The goal of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees has been questioned to the point that now discussions focus on not exceeding 2 degrees. But there is a huge difference between the two numbers in terms of the impact on ecosystems and the lives of people living in the areas most at risk.
We are tired of the climate crisis not being taken seriously and we are tired of the empty promises of politicians and governments around the world. Some shy steps forward have been made even though the necessary urgency and concreteness are still lacking, while extreme weather, desertification and many other cataclysmic events are already bearing down on us. We are tired of the pollution and greenwashing by oil companies, private lobbies and all the other big destroyers of the planet. We think it is important that life on the planet is defended against the predatory and extractive approach that the powerful and rich of the earth have pursued over the last centuries.
That is why it is vital to raise our voice at COP26 next November in Glasgow, Scotland, where nations from all around the world will gather to decide on the future of all inhabitants of the earth.
The milestones towards this event will be held in our Italy, more specifically in Milan, between 28th of September and 2nd of October. Youth4Climate and PreCOP are called upon to make recommendations and define key issues for the negotiations the following month.
We are therefore launching Climate Open Platform. As civil society and movements we want to do our part, monitoring and trying to influence the institutional processes, in agreement with the organizations and movements that will act in Glasgow and that share the guiding principle of our action: Climate Justice.
By climate justice we mean the social, economic and political change aimed at stopping and reversing the effects of climate change and redistributing resources and wealth equitably at the global level through a strong role of States and the centrality of real democracy and participation. A commitment to justice that gives global warming an ethical and political dimension, as well as an environmental one, and that demands to take into account the disproportionate impact of climate change on citizens and communities in both rich and impoverished economies. Indeed, the most vulnerable social groups and peoples suffer the greatest impact even though they are the least responsible for overall climate change emissions. The rights of peoples, especially in historically and/or still exploited areas of the world, must be protected.
- In IPCC reports (in particular “Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C”), abandoning of fossil fuels is a constant in development scenarios that would allow the 1.5°C target to be reached. It is therefore necessary that no new fossil fuel exploration, extraction, processing (transformation) and consumption projects are authorised, and that existing ones are gradually converted, moving towards a just transition.
- UNFCCC argues that the transition to circular economy is necessary: production and consumption must follow the rhythms of real human needs and be compatible with natural resources. Abandoning the idea of infinite growth in a limited world, finance must also radically change its approach by divesting from fossil fuels and extractive projects that are incompatible with the protection of the planet and those who live on it, redirecting resources towards truly sustainable and solidarity-based initiatives.
- The fight for climate justice must follow the scientific consensus and rely on the best available science, and the scientific community needs to play an active role in helping to determine the goals and steps of the transition to a stable and safe climate scenario for the planet and its inhabitants. Thus, scientific knowledge must be free, free, accessible and participatory. No one should profit from scientific knowledge, which is why we also reiterate the need for Covid vaccines to be free of intellectual property rights.
- Many studies and statistics underline the link between the climate crisis and human rights violations: climate change threatens the security and livelihoods of billions of human beings. Human rights (including but not limited to those enshrined in the International Bill of Human Rights) and the rights of workers must be guaranteed for everyone everywhere. Along with human rights, the rights of nature, as advocated by indigenous cosmogonies, must be recognised.
- The people and territories that are suffering first and hardest the effects of the climate crisis have in common a past of exploitation by colonial powers and are those that bear the least responsibility for the climate crisis. The struggle for climate justice is therefore an anti-racist and anti-colonialist struggle. It is necessary to dismantle the system that continues to perpetuate inequality and exploitation on a global scale. Reparations must be made to the Global South and indigenous communities around the world, demanding immediate funding for the Green Climate Fund and repaying them in full through a redistribution of power and resources, as well as cancelling the debt of the poorest countries.
- The struggle for climate justice is a transfeminist struggle that promotes the abolition of gender roles and patriarchal norms in the family, society, economy, politics and every other context;
- The link between pandemics, zoonoses and the destruction of ecosystems is well proven. Protecting ecosystems means protecting human wellbeing and health, since there is a relationship of interdependence between every living being, which need to be protected. The COP15 on Biodiversity will be crucial to achieving this goal. It must set stricter limits for the conservation of biodiversity and oppose all actions that alter it, from the introduction of invasive species to the pollution of soil, water and air.
- The climate crisis is putting millions of jobs worldwide at risk. In order to protect workers, a just ecological transition is necessary, which cannot take place at their expense. Through participatory processes, just transition plans must be drawn up to desing a new sustainable development model and create new jobs and just transition measures, universal social safety nets, lifelong learning and retraining. Workers’ rights must be protected and their livelihoods guaranteed during and after the transition to a sustainable economy;
- Our planet, the only one we have, is a common good shared by everyone who lives on it. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and every migrant must have their fundamental rights recognised, especially in a situation of pandemic and climate crisis that increases inequalities on a global scale. COP26 must fast move forward to recognise environmental migrants and support programmes for adaptation and repair of loss and damage
- Unnecessary, damaging and polluting large-scale construction projects are no longer sustainable, and more localised measures that guarantee the health of territories and their inhabitants must be encouraged;
- We recognise the fundamental role that a free and public funded education has in giving us and future generations the essential tools to imagine and practice ecological transition and just and equitable change.
Based on these premises, Climate Open Platform aims to be a space for political and organisational convergence, in which to continue a collective work based on discussion and consensus between all the realities and individuals who wish to take part in the construction of this path.
During the last week of September, in parallel to Youth Cop and Pre-Cop meetings, Climate Open Platform will organise an Eco-social Forum in Milan, a week of events, initiatives, debates and actions focusing on the battle for climate and social justice, and will take the streets on 1st and 2nd of October, once again bringing the fight for a fairer world to the streets of the city.
Climate Open Platform will moreover consider participation or solidarity in non-violent climate justice actions and mobilisations organised by other activists, organisations and movements, which promote claims consistent with this call.
Towards and during these important events, we want to build a path that makes our voice heard, the voice of all of us, the voice of those who want to give the planet a different future.
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