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Civil society speaks: only a just world can prevent catastrophic climate change

A gathering of civil society and social movements in Venezuela concluded last week with a strong demand for climate justice, writes Maruška Mileta. Rich countries must stop passing off their ‘false solutions’ – from nuclear power to geoengineering – and pay the costs of a rapid transition to low-carbon world that brings renewable energy to all.

A fairer and more just world is not just a precondition for sustainable development, but also a necessity for preventing catastrophic climate change.

The four day ‘Social Pre-COP‘ on Venezuela’s Margarita Island brought together a diverse group of people from all over of the world – indigenous peoples, women and gender groups, youth, farmers, NGOs, grassroots groups – and gave them a voice in December’s UN climate negotiations in Lima, COP 20.

The event empowered climate-affected communities from around the world to speak about their struggles, connect in solidarity and send a strong message of climate justice to world leaders – though sadly it lacked voices from Africa and Asia due to logistical challenges….more

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On Sept 19, 2023 ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit in New York City, climate activists gathered for a rally and civil disobedience outside Bank of America Tower in Midtown Manhattan as part of the March to End Fossil Fuels wave of actions resulting in multiple arrests. Activists demand Bank of America to “Defund Climate Chaos and Defend Human Rights” Photo: Erik McGregor (CC BY-NC 2.0 Deed)

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