On November 3- 5 there will be three evening events, where key issues will be explored: „Global Climate Justice“ (Friday, 3 Nov), „Leave it in the ground: ending the age of fossil fuels“ (Saturday, 4 Nov) and „How do we work towards transition?” (Sunday, 5 Nov). Speakers from the South and North will present their perspectives and will debate with each other and with us.
You can find more information hereunder about the content, the speakers and about the locations. We’ll update it soon.
Global Climate Justice
Friday 3/11, Start 18:00
venue: CAMPO Campusmensa Poppelsdorf
Fighting extractivism and holding polluters accountable
The countries, that contributed least to climate change will be hit the hardest. The polluters, that is the big CO2 emitters, must be held accountable publicly and legally. They need to pay climate loss and damage and put an end to extracting fossil fuels. How can this be achieved? What are the demands of the poorest countries of the South on the countries of the North? How can we achieve climate justice?
Speakers: Saul Luciano Lliuya (mountain guide, plaintiff vs. RWE, Peru), Makereta Waqavonovono (lawyer, Fiji), Carroll Muffet (Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), USA), Kwami Kpondzo (Friends of the Earth International, Togo), Nguy Thi Khanh (GreenID, Vietnam), Teresa Anderson (ActionAid International, UK,); Moderation: Barbara Unmüßig (Heinrich Böll Foundation)
Stories of climate impacts from the Pacific Climate Warriors
Traditional practices and culture in the Pacific are already deeply impacted by climate change. During a Sei* festival of Pacific culture and arts Pacific Climate Warriors from Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu will practice their traditional practices whilst telling stories of climate impacts.
*The Sei flower is an important part of Pacific culture and represents the joyful and resilient spirits of Pacific Islanders.
Leave it in the Ground: Ending the age of fossil fuels
Saturday 4.11., Start 20:00
Place: IGS Beuel
Saving the climate? Sorted, Merkel’s got that one in the bag. A renewable energy transition? What else did you have in mind, I mean, this isn’t the middle ages. And phasing out coal? Puh-leese, who doesn’t want that – after all, even the miners’ union says so.
That this image of Germany as a squeaky clean champion of the environment has little to do with reality is becoming less and less of a secret: if you haven’t entirely slept through the ‘diesel scandal’, you’ll know that Germany remains a car country first, and a car country last. All the while the young but dynamic anti-coal-movement keeps pointing out the fact that Germany mines and burns more lignite than any other country in the world.
COP23, presided over by the drowning island state of Fiji, but taking place almost smack in the middle of Germany’s largest lignite district, is not only the perfect place to expose this hypocrisy – it is also the place where we can come together to discuss our alternatives. In this case: how can we organise a phase-out of lignite here in this country?
To be sure: the ‘whether’ of this is no longer up for debate – other questions, though, remain contentious even amongst ourselves. Should we get out now, right away – or maybe in about two decades? What about the often invoked ‘just transitions’ for workers in the coal industry? And if we get out of coal – does that simply mean burning more fossil gas?
In what we hope will be a slightly different-than-usual evening podium, we will be discussing these and other questions with an exciting host of guests: some directly from here in the Rhineland; others from the other side of the planet. Come and join the debate!
Charlotte Loreck (Oeko Institut / Prognos)
Heather Milton-Lightening (Indigenous Climate Action – Canada)
nn. (German trade union)
Sean Sweeney (Trade Unions for Energy Democracy)
Philipp Litz (agora Energiewende – Germany)
Noelie Audidor (‘Gastivists’)
Lyda Fernanda (Transnational Institute) and Tadzio Mueller (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)
From Counting CO2 towards a sweeping change: how do we work towards transition?
Sunday 5.11., Start: 6 pm
Place: IGS Beuel
Climate justice is much more than a technical reduction of CO2-emissions – we need a sweeping transition of society. On this panel we will explore: How can we find an inspiring vision for a society based on caring for the planet and each other? What can we learn from positive examples around the world? How do we break out of our own single-issue„silos“ and connect for a common movement? What are important leverages and alliances to realize this change, to which physical places do we need to take our protest?
Speakers: Lidy Nacpil (Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development), N.N. (Indigenous Environmental Network), Jutta Sundermann (Aktion Agrar), Christiane Kliemann (Degrowth Network, Transition Bonn), Magdalena Heuwieser (System Change not Climate Change)
Moderation: Daniel Mittler (Greenpeace International)
Panel venues and how to get there by public transport
Friday, 3 November 2017
Endenicher Allee 19
- Endenich Kaufmannstraße or Wiesenweg: from Bonn Hbf with bus lines 605 (direction Duisdorf BF), 606 (direction Medinghoven), 607 (direction Medinghoven)
Saturday and Sunday, 4/5 November 2017:
Siegburger Straße 321
Bus and Tramway stops:
- Friedenstraße: from Bonn Hbf/main station with buslines 529, 538 (direction Hennef) or lines 636, 637 (direction Gielgen/Holzlar) or Bus 628 from Bonn, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz (direction Ramersdorf).
- Pützchen Schule: with Busses 624, 634 from Bonn Hbf/main station (direction Gielgen/Holzlar), then walking along the Friedenstraße
- Vilich-Müldorf: with Tramways 66, 67 from Bonn Hbf/main station (direction Siegburg/Sankt Augustin), then walking on the right side along Am Herrengarten