This is the report of the environment and climate change network meeting at the EPA for the ESF in Istanbul, from Jonathan Neale of the Campaign against Climate Change in England.
We discussed three main topics: Greening the ESF, the Program, and global climate change demonstrations.
Greening the ESF:
We agreed that we wanted the ESF in Istanbul to be as green as possible, and as carbon neutral as possible. This does not mean we will harass the organizing committee. Rather, we will find people to do an environmental audit of the plans, and people to help with advice on how to change things.
We would like a report from the Greek comrades on this to the next EPA.
We want environmental issues to be an important part of the program. Many meetings were suggested. The priority is for meetings on climate change, and on the effect of multinational corporations on the environment in the developing world, but there should be many other sorts of meetings too. It is important that these meetings not be isolated in an environmental ghetto.
We want meetings that cross the boundaries and link up with the social movements and unions. Examples are ‘Environmental refugees’, ‘Oil, war and climate change’, ‘Neoliberalism and the global commons’, ‘Multinational corporations and GMOs’.
We discussed the international demonstrations about climate change on December 3. So far central demonstrations are being organized in Sydney (Australia) Istanbul (Turkey) Athens (Greece) Berlin (Germany - 2 December) Dublin (Ireland) Edinburgh (Scotland) London (England) Montreal (Canada) Romania - the environmental organizations are organizing a conference in Craiova, followed by a demonstration or a peition. Italy – demonstrations or conferences in many cities coordinated by Legambiente United States – demonstrations in several cities, and people from the northeast going to Montreal We expect demonstrations in several more. Details of every demonstration, who is supporting them, and contacts with the organizers should be up on the website, www.globalclimatecampaign.org, by Sunday 9 October.
The meeting also supported the actions of Turkish campaigners concerned with the shipping, and particularly the oil traffic, through the Bospurus, and agreed this topic should be part of the program.