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INTRODUCING THE GLOBAL CLIMATE AMBASSADORS!

On September 21 the largest climate mobilisation will be taking place in NY and beyond. A delegation of globally diverse grassroots leaders will be in attendance at the NY march to ensure voices from movements and campaigns around the world are heard. They will also emphasise various ongoing struggles which will carry forwards beyond September.

We are excited to introduce to you this group of global climate ambassadors! And Power Shifters will notice some familiar names among the ambassadors.

EFLEDA KEMPIS BAUTISTA from the PHILIPPINESEfleda-Bautista-2

Efleda Kempis Bautistais currently the Chairperson of the Leyte Rural Assistance Program and the Leyte Center for Development and is very involved in relief and rebuilding efforts post super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (which hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013) through the People’s Surge Philippines. She’s a distinguished former teacher and has done extensive work with rural, clan/family and youth communities in the Samar region particularly on conservation, waste management, coastal clean-up, anti-mining and recycling based income-generating-projects.

 

MARTIN GUILLERMO MULLALLY from ArgentinaMartin-Cipo-Mullullay-HighRes2

Martin Guillermo Mullally is a communications expert and a member of Observatorio Petrolero Sur (OPSur) – a research and advocacy organization on the social and environmental impacts of the fossil fuel industry in Argentina. He is also a member of the press team of ​​the Multi-Sectoral Coalition Against Fracking. He works as a producer in the television program Cartago, co-hosts the radio magazine Vorterix Neuquén, and works with the cooperative Cae Babylon.

 

ISSO NIHMEI from Vanuatu, Pacific IslandsIsso

Isso Nihmei is a youth leader who works with the SPC-GIZ on a national Climate Change Adaptation Program –Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region (CCCPIR), which aims to strengthen the capacities of Pacific counties and regional organizations to cope with the impacts of climate change. Among the areas he focuses on are climate change and agriculture, including new farming techniques, connections with government, and interaction with national and regional climate change initiatives.

 

VAISHALI PATIL from IndiaVaishali-Patil-

Dr. Vaishali Patil is a leading grassroots activist who has been working in the Konkan region of India’s Maharashtra State for over 20 years on issues ranging from homestead land rights for women to ending coal and mining projects to organizing against the largest proposed nuclear power project in her region. She is the founder of the Ankur Trust; President of the Forum for Demanding the Rights of Indigenous People; Convener of the Forum Against Disastrous Projects in Konkan; and Secretary of Vikas Sahyog Pratisthan –Network of NGO’s in Maharshtra. She is also the founder of the Forum Against Atrocities on Women.

 

GÖKŞEN ŞAHİN from TURKEYgoksen_resim-

Gökşen Şahin was among climate activists that founded Turkey’s Global Action Group in 2005, which organized the “Sign Kyoto” campaign to encourage the Turkish Government to finally ratify the Kyoto Protocol. She is the Environmental Policies Coordinator and Climate Policy Officer of TEMA Foundation – The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, and for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats. At Open Radio, the only independent radio channel in Turkey, she has organized several programs on environment and climate change and currently is produces the “Green Wave” radio program there.

 

FATIMATA NIANG DIOP from SenegalFatimata-Niang-Ep-Diop-

Dr. Fatimata Niang Diop coordinates UNDESERT, a NGO which works to understand and combat environmental degradation in West Africa. She is an expert in ecology, biodiversity, forest resource management and carbon project planning and development. She has also been a consultant with Wetlands International and IUCN Headquarters on biodiversity assessment in West Africa. Working with young climate activists, she currently heads the national Power Shift group in Senegal as part of Global Power Shift which aims to scale up the climate movement through regional convergences, strategic campaigns, and grassroots mobilisations.

 

DIANA MACIAGA from PolandDiana-Maciaga

Diana Maciaga works with the Polish NGO Workshop for All Beings (Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot), which specializes in protection of the wildest treasures of Poland. She has participated in Global Power Shift and Power Shift Central & Eastern Europe and is sharing her experience through campaigns and coordinating a training for local Polish leaders – “Guardians of Climate.” She is currently one of the organizers of the Stop Elektrowni Północ campaign (stop the ‘North Power Plant’) – a new coal-fired facility in her region in Poland.

 

JUAN PEDRO CHANG from PeruJuan-Pedro-Chang-

 

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VIDEO: EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE. PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOBILISATION.

We, the people across the planet, are going to make history on climate change — again. We are about to write a new chapter and shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.

Will world leaders write this chapter with us? On September 20-21, let’s tell them it’s time for Actions, Not Words. 


Shifting the Power in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Climate Change Movement (ACCM) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit & non political organization of dedicated, energetic and passionate youngsters, professionals and civil society activists. ACCM was found as a result of a commitment with GPS, June 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey

ACCM recently organized a climate change awareness seminar. The event held on 24th May, 2014 in Kabul. The targeted audience/participants were mainly youth from different life sectors.

107 young male and female joined the seminar, and actively took part in the debates with the facilitators and presenters.

In this awareness seminar, we highlighted that one of the biggest issues facing us right now is global warming. Its effects on animals and on agriculture are indeed frightening, and the effects on the human population are even scarier. Also, threw light on the nature of Global warming and causes of climate change, global challenges as well as its universal and regional impacts.

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Changing harsh weather, melting ice glaciers, shrinking sea ice, rising sea level, warm oceans and raising temperature was deeply focused to make the concept more understandable to the participants.

Impacts of climate change on the economy were brought under discussion. As Afghanistan is an agricultural country and our economy is based on it, we convinced them with real time examples that how climate change has affected our lives. And at the end, a collective opinion was taken from all that how could we help decrease abrupt changes in the climate and global warming. How to reduce the use of Carbon dioxide and other green house gases.

Cloth bags with ACCM tags printed were distributed among the participants of seminar to spread the message “stop using polythene bags and use environment friendly cloth bags”.

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A tree plantation campaign was also launched by the volunteers of ACCM, where they planted almost 4500 trees in Laghman province of Afghanistan.

We will be organizing a bigger campaign in the near future, so that we could build more regional power shifts and ultimately National Power shift.


In Tajikistan countryside, next generation of climate activists grows up

Climate change hardly heralds anything good, especially for the village-dwellers who are extremely vulnerable and dependent on the environment.

The folks from TYCC (Tajik Youth Climate Coalition) from Tajikistan, part of the international GlobalPowerShift family, have contributed to the common cause against the climate change and to the involvement of the local communities in solving this problem.

Participants and organizers of the climate school at a field trip

Participants and organizers of the climate school at a field trip

 

They held a two-day Climatic Activists School for the seniors of a village high school near Dushanbe.

The location had been chosen deliberately: the Varzob valley is a place where the city folks have traditionally gone to for short breaks. This is a wonderful highland abundant with springs and streams. This location is a climate-shaping region as well as the source of drinking water for Dushanbe; it is very climate-change vulnerable. The continuing deforestation as well as rain-caused mudflows and landslides aggravate the situation even further. The climate change may speed up the deterioration and lead to disastrous consequences.

The event, organized precisely to help both locals and activists understand this, was attended by some 15 pupils and teachers of a village school of Yakkachuguz kishlak (village). (more…)


Calling all power shifters: time to remind our leaders that we’re EVERYWHERE

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This September heads of states and governments are coming together in New York “as part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change.” But looking at their record from past meetings, this summit could well be a gathering to talk about something as fantastical as solving interstellar travel to relocate people to other planets.

Almost a year ago we came together to start a process that was not dependent on these international gatherings. More than 600 climate activists went to İstanbul to kick-start the Global Power Shift (GPS) – the starting point of a new phase in the international climate movement. Hundreds of climate leaders from around the world gathered in Istanbul to share stories, learn skills, and sharpen strategies and tactics to overcome the inertia of our ‘leaders.’ These climate leaders then returned to their home countries to spark a wave of convergences, campaigns, and mobilisations for climate action.

We have come a long way since this convergence in Istanbul. More than 50 Power Shifts have happened all around the world. An additional 30 will be happening soon. And by the time of the New York meeting we will have had 87(!) Power Shifts in total!

The point of GPS was never to have a gigantic climate meeting. It was not about facilitating local climate meetings either. The point had always been to have a global network of activists working in sync to solve the climate crisis. We marched together for the first time on the last day of GPS in İstanbul. It was the first joint action of our network.

We now have a huge opportunity to see this network take joint action again – this time all over the globe. In September, tens (likely hundreds) of thousands of people will march in New York City to relay a collective, powerful message to gathered heads of state as they meet for the UNSG’s Climate Summit. And we plan to stand with them by organizing our own actions all over the world.

Already some GPS teams are organizing their power shift events to coincide with the People’s Climate March in NYC. If the rest of the GPS network can also organize local actions, then we will help remind heads of state in New York that they cannot just go home after the summit and pretend we are not in a state of emergency.

Since countless meetings have been held with the supposed intent to address issues related to climate change but with no real outcome to speak of as catastrophes escalate due to human-induced climate change, the global actions to be held during the weekend of September 20-21 will relay one a simple but dire message to heads of state: Action Now. Not words.

We know that the September gathering is not going to be a single ‘moment’ to solve the climate crisis. But it is a great opportunity to show the heads of state that there is no respite anywhere.

The demand for climate justice is global and unrelenting.

They may try to continue to ignore us so far. But the tide is rising. We are bigger and stronger. Now even our networks have networks. If the current political system cannot meet the demand for justice, then it will simply be swept away.

Join us in September to amplify our voices all around the globe to turn the tides on climate change.


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