Civil society to march over ‘climate injustice’

2011-11-28 16:08

Civil society organisations will stage a protest march through Durban on Saturday to highlight community demands around climate injustice as part of the C17 coalition’s parallel summit in the city.

The Civil Society Committee on COP17 (C17) is hosting daily debates and cultural programmes at the People’s Space, created at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as a series of public protests for the duration of the UN climate change talks which are in progress in the city.

It will set up a climate refugee camp at Block AK in the city’s Greyville suburb to accommodate some 2 000 community activist from around South Africa who will arrive in the city over the next few days. The camp, say organisers, will highlight the plight of climate refugees forced out of their homes by ecological disasters and clashes over scarce resources.

The December 3 march to the International Convention Centre will present community demands on climate change to the UN conference.

“Civil society mobilisation takes place in a context of growing alarm at the failure of governments to agree a credible response to climate change. The UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) negotiations provide a focus for community and civil society mobilisation in South Africa, around the world, and particularly in the host city. It is critical that civil society makes its voice heard in Durban,” said C17 spokesperson Sharon Pillay.

By today around 800 activists had arrived for the C17 programme, with another 2 000 expected for the opening of the climate refugee camp on December 1.

A daily programme of events is available on the C17 website (www.c17.org.za).

» Follow our COP17 coverage here.

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