From 28 November to 9 December the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be taking place in Durban, South Africa. This is where decisions on how to avert catastrophic climate change and protect our environment are meant to take place.
Instead the very same people responsible for the global financial crisis are poised to seize control of our atmosphere, land, forests, mountains and waterways. They want to institute carbon markets that will make billions of dollars for the elite few, whilst stealing land and resources from the many. We need to organise to protect the planet and safeguard those who depend on and defend our ecosystems.
Occupy COP17 can be a forum for those who wish to discuss and implement real and equitable solutions to climate change, with climate justice at the heart. It is open to all, operating on the principles of inclusiveness, openness, non-hierarchical organising and consensus decision making.
At present Occupy COP17 is a concept, not a camp. More information on how it might become a physical space in Durban during COP17 can be found at How To Occupy.