A four-day counter conference to COP26 called‘The People’s Summit for Climate Justice’ is to take place from Sunday following the previous day’s Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.
Organised by the COP26 Coalition it will stage more than 200 free sessions across dozens of venues in Glasgow and online.
It will include workshops on how to sue an international fossil fuel company to a ‘Toxic Tour’ of Glasgow’s biggest polluters, discussions on how aggressive agricultural practices cause pandemics and exploit migrants, and workshops on defending the right to protest as the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill comes into practice.
Internationally, participants will hear from coastal Indigenous peoples fighting the British Crown to regain control of their native lands and ancient forests in British Columbia, Pacific Islanders resisting deep sea mining, Sahrawi people fighting state sponsored land grabs in the Western Sahara and many more.
Exhibitions and films will be shown from across the globe, including a sculptural tapestry made collaboratively by indigenous Malaysian women ‘Weaving the Future’ by Klima Action Malaysia, a Superhero Comic for the Climate Crisis and a screening of ‘Black, Black Oil’ by Emma Davie, which looks at Scotland’s economic, historical and emotional entanglement with North Sea Oil and Gas.
Venues include the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street, the Fred Paton Centre, Adelaide Place, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, Albany Centre, Govanhill Baths and Glasgow Film Theatre among others.
Organisers include the Trade Union Council, Fridays For Future, Indigenous Environmental Network, Landworkers Alliance, Christian Aid, Global Justice Now, Living Rent Tenants Union, ActionAid, International Transport Workers Federation, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and Get Glasgow Moving.
People’s Summit Programme Coordinator Jana Ahlers said: “After a week of greenwashing, rhetoric and false solutions from the UN Climate Summit, the People’s Summit is the moment for the movement to come together and find just solutions to the climate crisis. We are bringing together movements from across the globe both digitally and in person to discover what climate justice really means at this critical moment, centring the voices of the most marginalised, those who are being hit hardest by climate change right now, and the people resisting and organising for change.The People’s Summit for Climate Justice is where the real global climate talks take place.”
Ramon Mejia, National Organizer, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance said: “The annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP26) is a crucial battle ground for everyday people against fossil-fuelled climate chaos. Heads of state assemble each year to negotiate and implement climate agreements, yet our communities’ voices, who reside on the frontlines of fossil fuel extraction and climate catastrophe, are sidelined.
“This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, inequitable access to the COP means that many grassroots forces from the global south will not be present to inform the negotiations.
“The People’s Summit is an opportunity for our members, frontline communities and global movements to ensure our voices are heard. We will oppose false promises like ‘net-zero’ commitments, uplift real solutions from the frontlines, and demand our governments take the aggressive action required for climate justice and to be accountable to the People and the Planet.”
Harpreet Kaur Paul, Care & Repair co-lead Tipping Point UK added: “What is on the table for discussion at COP26 falls far short of what justice and science demand. That is why it is so essential to meet, listen, share and organise at the People’s Summit. Join us as we come together and build our collective global justice movement power – and together change the political weather to make the necessary systems changes inevitable: from the ground up.”
A full list of events can be viewed here.
The People’s Summit for Climate Justice follows Saturday’s COP26 Coalition’s Global Day of Action.
Around 50,000 people are expected to march and rally in Glasgow alone with and London and another 100 simultaneous events also taking place.
In Glasgow, the march will assemble in Kelvingrove Park at midday and march to Glasgow Green. In London, the march will begin at the Bank of England and head to Trafalgar Square.