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Activist Comminuque: Saturday - Lessons from Bolivia: Building a Global Movement for Climate Justice

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Building a Global Movement for Climate Justice:
Lessons from Bolivia

Saturday, November 13, Room 2118, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St.
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Registration 9:30 a.m.
Please pre-register by emailing [email protected] so we can order your lunch and better plan the workshops.

Welcome and introduction by chairpersons 10:00 a.m.

10:15 The Cochabamba Declaration
Theme: In April 2010, the government of Bolivia convened a conference of social movements on global warming in Cochabamba, Bolivia. More than 30,000 participants charted a path toward climate justice and defending the rights of Mother Earth. Short plenary followed by workshops.


  • Marcelo Saavedra (Bolivia Action Solidarity Network, Ottawa) Our Obligations to Mother Earth
  • Ian Angus (Climate and Capitalism: Kemptville) Structural Causes and Climate Debt
  • Teresa Turner (Eco-Socialist International, Guelph) Cochabamba: A People's Conference
  • Judy Deutsch (Science for Peace, Toronto) The Time Factor in Climate Change

12:00 Keynote speaker: Erika Dueñas (Bolivian Embassy, Washington DC.

12:45 Lunch (provided)

1:30 Environmental (In)Justice in Our Communities
Brief presentations on current climate justice activities (water, mining, tar sands, anti-racism, workers), followed by workshops.


  • Tara Seucharan (Council of Canadians) Water rights and climate justice
  • Megan Kinch (Toronto Community Solidarity Response) Mining, extractive industries
  • David Vasey, Maryam Adrangi (Environmental Justice Toronto) Tar sands and pipelines
  • Louise Casselman (Public Service Alliance of Canada, Ottawa) Environment and the world working class
  • No One Is Illegal: Environment, migration, and racism

3:15 Building a Climate Justice Alternative
Presentations by Michel Lambert and Judy Rebick, followed by brief introductions and then workshops on the People's Assembly for Climate Justice and the People's Referendum..


  • Michel Lambert (Alternatives) Climate justice initiatives in Quebec
  • Judy Rebick (Toronto Bolivia Solidarity) Solidarity with peoples in struggle for climate justice.
  • Julien Lalonde, Brett Rhyno (People's Assembly for Climate Justice): Toronto solidarity with the Cancún people's intervention.
  • Raúl Burbano (Toronto Bolivia Solidarity): Toward a people's referendum.

Adjournment: 5:00 p.m.

Endorsers (partial list): Alternatives (Québec, Barrio Nuevo, Bayan, Canada Bolivia Action Solidarity Network, Center for Social Justice, CERLAC, Climate and Capitalism.com, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Common Frontiers, Community Solidarity Response Toronto, Council of Canadians, ecoSanity.org, Educators for Peace and Justice, Greenspiration, Health for All, Independent Jewish Voices, Indigenous Environmental Network, KAIROS, Latin American Trade Union Coalition, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Migrante, No One Is Illegal, NION, Jews Opposing Zionism, OPIRG Toronto, People's Assembly for Climate Justice, Protest Barrick, Science for Peace, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Solidarity Response, Students for Free Tibet, Toronto & York Region Labour Council, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Toronto Climate Campaign, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, Venezuela We Are With You Coalition

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