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Welcome to London Rising Tide

London Rising Tide (LRT) takes creative action on the root causes of climate chaos, and promotes socially just, ecological alternatives to the fossil fuel madness that we're living through. It's part of the wider Rising Tide UK and international networks, and seeks to be part of a growing European and worldwide movement of groups working to dismantle the oil industry and live the future we want to see right now. Find out more about what we stand for.

We meet every first and third Thursday night at 7.30pm at the London Action Resource Centre (LARC), which is at 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1, Whitechapel tube, on the corner of Fieldgate Street and Parfett Street. The last Thursday of each month is set aside as a meeting to welcome new people, so try to make that your first meeting if you can, so you can get an introduction to the various issues and plans that we're working on, and we can make absolutely sure there’s cake on the table and tea in the pot.

Current projects include The Camp for Climate Action 2007 (www.climatecamp.org.uk), a CoMutiny Garden growing food and solutions in the heart of London, and Art Not Oil (www.artnotoil.org.uk), which stands for 'creativity, climate justice and an end to oil industry sponsorship of the arts'. So there's plenty to do, including helping run the office, making banners, doing talks & stalls, helping with actions, designing websites & leaflets etc. Some people in the group stick with just one of these tasks, while others work on several. We'd love to hear from you, whether you've only got half an hour a fortnight to spare, or entire days to put in.

Let us know if you want to know anything else, or maybe just see you at a meeting or event. It might be best to email or ring (07708 794665) before coming on a future Thursday, to make sure it's happening.

We hope this site inspires you to get active to combat oil, war and climate chaos, (not to mention car culture, dams, nukes, industrial forest plantations etc.), whether that be with us, with your own group or by yourself. Since there's no such thing as an ethical or sustainable oil company, they and the many companies and institutions in their orbit are all worthy of our creative attention. Let us know how you get on, what you think of this site, if you'd like to get involved or if you have any other query. Good luck and stay hopeful!

 

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Welcome to Rising Tide - Plymouth!

"You may well ask: 'why direct action? Isn't negotiation a better path?' You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Non-violent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored"
-Martin Luther King

RT-P are a bunch of local activists that believe there are people here, in Plymouth, who are concerned, willing to understand and to take action about the Climate emergency we are living in.

Like the rest of the Rising Tide network, we work voluntarily taking direct action against the root causes of Climate Change and providing popular education on this matter.

We also organize creative actions as a local ART NOT OIL group: www.artnotoil.org.uk.

If you would like to get involved with Plymouth-RT, get in touch!
Email: plymouth@risingtide.org.uk Tel: 07990 923 234

OTHER SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES IN PLYMOUTH:
- Plymouth Transition - For sustainability & community in Plymouth: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives/plymouth
- Incineration is Wrong - Campaign against massive incinerators being built in Plymouth and surroundings areas. See http://www.iiw.org.uk/default.asp?page=1
- Plymouth Students Against Cuts: http://www.facebook.com/plymsac

We organize public discussions, presentations and workshops about:

-Non Violent Direct Action
-The roots of Climate Change
-Climate Justice -including CCS, Carbon trading, Carbon offset, Greenwash, Tar Sands and other oil industry cases.
-Art and Activism
-Climate Change and Veganism

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Westside neighbourhood at Kingsnorth Climate Camp

Westside neighbourhood at Kingsnorth climate camp 2008. Picture credit: Jess Hurd.

Formed out of and inspired by the first Climate Camp in August 2006, Bristol Rising Tide has gone from strength to strength. We are motivated by the growing evidence that climate change is well underway and and that those in power are not going to do much more about it than rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic.

We are an open, autonomous, grassroots direct action group: everyone is welcome except the police and their mates. We have adopted the People's Global Action Hallmarks, a statement which affirms our rejection of all systems of domination - you name it - capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and any other -isms or -ologies that divide and oppress us. We don’t believe governments or businesses are going to solve our problems: We are going to have to do it ourselves, learning as we go.

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Erklärung von Rising Tide - Netzwerk für Klimagerechtigkeit 2011

 

[In English]

Hintergründe der Erklärung

Rising Tide ist ein internationales Graswurzel-Netzwerk aus Gruppen und Einzelpersonen, die den Ursachen des Klimawandels mit direkten Aktionen begegnen und lokale, community-basierte Lösungen für die Klimakrise fördern. Es ist Teil einer umfassenderen globalen Bewegung für soziale und ökologische Gerechtigkeit.

Rising Tide wurde im November 2000 gegründet, um Proteste an den 6. UN-Klimaverhandlungen (COP6) in den Niederlanden zu organisieren. Das Netzwerk kam für eine Grundsatzerklärung zusammen, die eine ihrer Zeit vorauseilende Analyse und Annäherung an den Klimawandel lieferte; basierend auf dem Begriff 'soziale Gerechtigkeit' und einer Kritik der marktwirtschaftlichen Lösungen. Mehr als ein Jahrzehnt später, sind viele Teile der ursprünglichen, radikalen Analyse von sozialen Bewegungen, Mainstream-NGOs, Think Tanks und einigen politischen Parteien akzeptiert worden.

Faire und wirksame Lösungen zum Klimawandel sind allerdings nicht Wirklichkeit geworden, und deshalb ist unsere Aufgabe, den Ursachen des Klimawandels weiter zu begegnen und den Kampf für Klimagerechtigkeit fortzusetzen.

Dieses Papier baut auf der Rising Tide-Erklärung aus dem Jahr 2000 auf, um das wachsende internationale Netzwerk für das zweite Jahrzehnt im Kampf für Klimagerechtigkeit vorzubereiten.

Als internationales Netzwerk von Gruppen und Einzelpersonen der Graswurzelbewegung glauben wir, dass das Kyoto-Protokoll die Klimakrise nicht einzudämmen vermag. Im Gegensatz fördert das Protokoll das Eigeninteresse von Unternehmen und Industrienationen und marginalisiert Fragen der globalen Gerechtigkeit und der Ökologie.

Ursachen, falsche „Lösungen“

Rising Tide glaubt, dass die Wurzeln der Klimakrise im aktuellen globalen Wirtschaftssystem und seinem endlosen Streben nach wirtschaftlichem Wachstum um jeden Preis angelegt sind.

Unternehmensfreundliche und staatlich geförderte „Lösungen“ gegen den Klimawandel sind schlichtweg nicht in der Lage die Klimakrise zu lösen. Die aktuellen internationalen Klima-Debatten werden aus einem mangelhaften und ungerechten Blickwinkel aus geführt, weil sie auf den Interessen einer neoliberalen kapitalistischen Globalisierung beruhen, welche die reicheren Länder und Unternehmen bevorteilen.

Wir sind uns bewusst, dass eine solche Form der Globalisierung einen immer schnelleren Klimawandel begünstigt, und wir widersetzen uns dem Markt für Emissionshandel als eine Form des modernen Kolonialismus. Wir lehnen die Kernenergie als eine „Lösung“ für den Klimawandel ab, neben anderen falschen Lösungen, die entweder nicht zur Reduzierung der Emissionen beitragen oder uns mit neuen lokalen und globalen Risiken bedrohen.

Rising Tide glaubt, es ist existentiell dem Kapitalismus entgegen zu treten und unsere Abhängigkeit von der Industrie und den Institutionen zu verringern, die für Profite und Macht den Planeten zerstören. Gleichzeitig müssen wir daran arbeiten, soziale Gerechtigkeit, Gemeindeautonomie und einen nachhaltigen Lebensunterhalt zu erlangen.

Klimagerechtigkeit

Rising Tide glaubt, dass soziale und wirtschaftliche Gerechtigkeit zwischen und innerhalb der Länder in den Mittelpunkt der wirklich fairen Lösungen für den Klimawandel gehört.

Unternehmen, die mit den politischen Eliten zusammenarbeiten, spielen bei der Ausbeutung der „einfachen“ Menschen überall auf der Welt eine bedeutende Rolle. Diese offenbart sich am deutlichsten in der Plünderung der Ressourcen des globalen Südens durch die reichen Volkswirtschaften des globalen Nordens. Wir erkennen an, dass diese reichen Volkswirtschaften ökologische und soziale Schulden gegenüber den Menschen des globalen Südens angehäuft haben. Die ökologische Schuld, durch die Gewinnung, Verwendung und den Missbrauch von Ressourcen wie fossilen Brennstoffen, Mineralien, Wäldern und Meeren verursacht, erzeugt enorme soziale Schäden durch die politische, wirtschaftliche, kulturelle und emotionale Ausbeutung lokaler Gemeinden.

Eine Instandsetzung der Biosphäre und der Gemeinden, in denen solche Ausnutzung stattgefunden hat, kann nicht einfach durch Geldzahlungen geleistet werden. Reichtum und Ressourcen gehören weg von den Eliten hin in öffentlicher Kontrolle. Vor allem den Gemeinden in den südlichen Ländern und den indigenen Bevölkerungen muss die Kontrolle über Land und Ressourcen zurückgegeben werden.

Gerechter Übergang

Rising Tide will einen gerechten Übergang zu einer kohlenstoff- und verbrauchsarmen Wirtschaft, die auf das Wohlbefinden der Menschen konzentriert ist, nicht auf Gewinn. Dies bedeutet einen Übergang, der nicht die Geringverdienenden, sozial diskriminierte Gruppen oder schlecht bezahlte Mitarbeiter_innen der von fossilen Brennstoffen abhängigen Industrie am härtesten trifft.

Energie zur Deckung des Grundbedarfs ist ein wesentliches Element der Klimagerechtigkeit. Der Subsistenzverbrauch von marginalisierten Gruppen darf nicht im Fokus stehen, wenn die globalen Emissionen reduziert werden sollen. Genauso wenig darf die Reduktion durch „Bevölkerungskontrolle“ oder andere autoritäre Maßnahmen angestrebt werden, welche die Opfer des aktuellen Systems bestrafen, während Eliten ungebremst einen riesigen Ressourcenverbrauch an den Tag legen können.

Wir glauben, dass erfolgreiche Lösungen für den Klimawandel von organisierten transnationalen Bewegungen diskutiert und erstellt werden müssen, die den größten Wert auf die Forderungen und Vorschläge von Basisbewegungen in den am stärksten betroffenen Gebieten legen: zum Beispiel Gemeinden im globalen Süden, Inselstaaten, indigene Völker und Migrant_innen, Frauen- und Jugendorganisationen. Die Menschen, die kollektiv an sie betreffende Themen arbeiten, müssen die Kontrolle über diese Prozesse bekommen. Macht darf nicht in den Händen von Regierungen und privaten Unternehmen konzentriert sein, sondern muss dezentralisiert werden.

Wege nach Vorn

Wir wissen, dass die atmosphärische Konzentration von Treibhausgasen so drastisch und schnell wie möglich reduziert werden muss. Zu diesem Zweck setzt sich Rising Tide für ein sofortiges Ende der Erkundung und Förderung von fossilen Brennstoffen sowie einen gerechten, raschen Übergang weg von der Verbrennung fossiler Brennstoffe ein. Wir sehen ein, dass die Erhaltung, Sanierung und Restaurierung des Ökosystems unerlässlich sind, um den CO2-Anteil in der Atmosphäre zu senken und das Artensterben einzudämmen.

Praktische, klimaneutrale, gemeinschaftlich getragene Lösungen existieren. Es ist Zeit sie zu nutzen und sich mit ihnen gegen diejenigen Interessen zu wehren, die sie zu untergraben suchen.

Zum Aufbau wirklich gerechter Lösungen, müssen wir auch die Systeme der Unterdrückung demontieren, die unsere Kultur und uns selbst durchdringen. Rising Tide hat das Ziel enge Beziehungen zu Umwelt- und Klimaschutz-Gruppen zu knüpfen, die gegen die Verschmutzung durch fossil betriebene Fabrikanlagen kämpfen und sich mit denjenigen Menschen auf der ganzen Welt zu verbünden, die bereits vom Klimawandel betroffen sind. Wir sind uns bewusst, dass wir als Netzwerk unsere Anstrengungen verstärken müssen, um solidarische Beziehungen mit anderen Aktionsgruppen aufzubauen; und besonders mit den Menschen, die am meisten unter dem Klimawandel leiden. Wir müssen konsequenterweise auf echte Solidarität hinarbeiten - über Landesgrenzen und Trennlinien von Rasse, Klasse, Geschlecht, Fähigkeiten und sexueller Identität hinweg.

Rising Tide glaubt, dass wenn wir eine Kultur der gegenseitigen Hilfe und der Gemeindeautonomie aufzubauen beginnen, und wenn wir Veränderungen durch direkte Aktion und hierarchiefreie Organisierung erzielen, wir zeigen können, dass wir keine Regierungen oder Konzerne brauchen, um zu überleben und zufrieden zu leben.

Das internationale Rising Tide-Netzwerk befürwortet:

  • einen gerechten Übergang zu lokal gesteuerten, kohlenstoff- und verbrauchsarmen Wirtschaftskreisläufen
  • die sofortige, drastische Reduzierung der Treibhausgasemissionen
  • Lösungen für die Klimakrise, die durch die am stärksten betroffenen definiert sind und die lokale Autonomie und Autarkie fördern
  • die Wiedergutmachung der ökologischen und sozialen Schulden des globalen Norden durch Übertragung der Verfügungsgewalt von den Eliten hin in öffentliche Hand, so dass Gemeinden sich und ihre Umgebungen selbst wieder aufbauen können
  • die Freiheit der Bewegung und ein Ende der Migrations-Regulierung. Aktuelle und zukünftige Unterstützung für alle Vertriebenen und für diejenigen, die ein besseres und sichereres Leben für sich und ihre Familien schaffen wollen, indem sie internationale Grenzen überschreiten

Das internationale Rising Tide-Netzwerk wehrt sich gegen:

  • neue Projekten zur Erschließung und Förderung fossiler Brennstoffe
  • die Stromerzeugung aus Kernkraft, und andere gefährliche Technologien wie Geo-Engineering, industriellem Biotreibstoff, Gentechnik oder CSS
  • die „falsche Lösungen“, die verwendet werden, um sich der Verantwortung für die Emissionsminderung zu entziehen, einschließlich des Emissionshandels, CO2-Zertifikaten, REDD, dem Clean Development Mechanism und Joint Implementation-Projekten
  • die Kommerzialisierung und Privatisierung der weltweiten natürlichen Ressourcen und den Bau neuer ressourcengewinnender Infrastruktur; insbesondere dort, wo es von den lokalen Kommunen abgelehnt wird
  • die Maßnahmen der Regierungen des Nordens, deren Finanzhilfen für den Klimaschutz als ein Mittel zur Erhöhung der Schulden der Nicht-Industrieländern genutzt werden
  • die Kriminalisierung von und die Gewalt gegen Graswurzelbewegungen für soziale und ökologische Gerechtigkeit durch Staaten und Unternehmen

Signatories (October 2011)

  • Hyokyaalto (Finland)
  • Marea Creciente Ecuador
  • Marea Creciente Mexico
  • Rising Tide Australia
  • Rising Tide North America
  • Rising Tide UK

German Translation, February 2012
by M.A.G.I.E. magie.blogsport.de

Declaración Política por la Justicia Climática de la Coalición Internacional “Marea Creciente” (Rising Tide) 2011

Declaración Política por la Justicia Climática de la Coalición Internacional “Marea Creciente” (Rising Tide) 2011

[En Inglés / In English]

Antecedentes

Marea Creciente es una red internacional de base, compuesta de grupos e individuos que toman acción directa para enfrentar las causas raíz del Cambio Climático y promueven soluciones locales y basadas en los intereses de la comunidad.

Es parte de un movimiento global que busca la justicia ecológica y social.

Marea Creciente fue formada en Noviembre del 2000, para organizar las protestas a la 6ta negociación climática de las Naciones Unidas (CDLP6), en Holanda. La red se basó en los principios establecidos en la primera Declaración Política de Marea Creciente, del 2000, la cual ofrece un análisis y planteamiento sobre el Cambio Climático adelantados a su tiempo, enfocándose en la justicia social y la crítica a las “soluciones” basadas en los intereses comerciales.

Más de una década después, gran parte de este original y radical análisis ha sido aceptado por los movimientos sociales, ONGs convencionales, grupos de expertos y ciertos partidos políticos. Sin embargo, soluciones justas y efectivas contra el Cambio Climático no han sido ejecutadas y por lo tanto nuestra misión de confrontar las causas raíz de esta crisis y luchar por justicia climática continúa.

La siguiente declaración ha sido renovada y construida sobre la declaración original de Marea Creciente del 2000, preparando a la creciente red internacional para su segunda  década de lucha.

Marea Creciente es una red internacional de grupos e individuos comprometidos a una estrategia de base para luchar por la justicia climática. Creemos que el Protocolo de Kyoto fallará en combatir la crisis del Cambio Climático. En cambio, el protocolo promueve el interés de las corporaciones y de las naciones industrializadas y margina los asuntos de igualdad global y medio ambiente.

                                        

Las causas raíz y las falsas “soluciones”

Marea Creciente cree que las causas raíz de la crisis climática yacen en el sistema económico global actual y su insaciable búsqueda de enriquecimiento económico a toda costa.

Las soluciones al Cambio Climático basadas en los intereses corporativos y del Estado están fallando completamente en resolver la crisis. Las negociaciones climáticas internacionales actuales son defectuosas e injustas, ya que responden a los intereses de una globalización capitalista neo-liberal, que persigue únicamente el beneficio de las corporaciones y los países económicamente ricos.

Reconocemos que dicha globalización está desencadenando un Cambio Climático a una velocidad nunca antes vista y nos oponemos al mercado del carbono porque representa una forma moderna de colonialismo. Rechazamos la energía nuclear como “solución” al Cambio Climático y activamente hacemos campaña contra ésta, junto con otras falsas soluciones que fallan en reducir las emisiones o amenazan con nuevos riesgos locales o globales.

En Marea Creciente creemos como una cuestión de supervivencia que se debe confrontar el capitalismo y minimizar nuestra dependencia en las industrias y en las instituciones que están destruyendo al planeta.

Simultáneamente debemos trabajar hacia la justicia social, la autonomía de las comunidades y el vivir sustentable.

 

Justicia Climática

Marea Creciente cree que es en la igualdad económica y social -entre y dentro de los países-  donde yace el corazón de las soluciones al Cambio Climático justas y verdaderas.

Las corporaciones, en colusión con las élites gubernamentales, están en la médula de la explotación a las comunidades populares en cualquier parte del mundo. Esta realidad se evidencia más que nunca en el saqueo del los recursos del Globo Sur por parte las economías ricas del Globo Norte

Reconocemos que las economías ricas tienen una deuda ecológica y social con la gente del Globo Sur. La deuda ecológica causada por la extracción, uso y abuso de los recursos naturales, como los combustibles fósiles, minerales, bosques y recursos marítimos y genéticos, que genera un enorme daño social, en el que las comunidades locales son explotadas física, política, económica, cultural y emocionalmente.

Las reparaciones a la biosfera y a las comunidades donde las extracciones han tomado lugar no pueden ser realizadas simplemente con el pago de dinero. Requerirá el sacar las riquezas y los recursos de manos de las élites y entregarlos al control popular. Especialmente las tierras y los recursos naturales que fueron usurpados de las comunidades del Globo Sur y los pueblos indígenas, los cuales deben ser regresados a su control.

 

Transición Justa

Marea Creciente quiere una “transición justa” a una economía de bajo carbón y bajo consumo, enfocada en el bienestar de la gente, no en la ganancia económica. Esto se refiere a una transición que no recae duramente en las comunidades de bajos ingresos, socialmente discriminadas o con empleados de bajos ingresos en las industrias dependientes de los combustibles fósiles.

Una energía capaz de cumplir con los requerimientos energéticos básicos, es elemento esencial de la justicia climática. Las emisiones existentes de los grupos marginados no deben ser el blanco de ningún plan para reducir las emisiones globales. Como tampoco planes como “control de la población” u otras medidas autoritarias, las cuales sólo penalizan a las víctimas del sistema económico actual, mientras el alto consumo por parte de las élites continua impune.

Creemos que soluciones exitosas al Cambio Climático deben ser debatidas y formadas por los movimientos transnacionales organizados que ponen mayor énfasis en las demandas y propuestas de movimientos populares de los más afectados: por ejemplo, comunidades en el Globo Sur, comunidades en islas, pueblos indígenas, organizaciones de inmigrantes, organizaciones de mujeres y juveniles. La gente trabajando colectivamente debe tener el control de este proceso. El poder debe ser descentralizado, no concentrado en las manos de gobiernos y compañías privadas.

 

Pasos hacia el futuro

Sabemos que los niveles atmosféricos de los gases de efecto invernadero deben ser reducidos tan drástica y rápidamente como sea posible. Para esto, Marea Creciente desea un inmediato cese a toda exploración nueva y extracción de combustibles fósiles, así como una transición justa y rápida que se aleje de la quema de combustibles fósiles.

También reconocemos que la preservación del ecosistema, su recuperación y restauración son esenciales para el secuestro del carbono y para frenar el índice creciente de la extinción de especies.

Existen soluciones prácticas, de bajo impacto y lideradas por la comunidad. Es tiempo de empezar a usarlas y contrarrestar los intereses individualistas que atentan con socavarlas.

Para construir soluciones justas debemos, de igual manera, desmantelar los sistemas de opresión que se extienden a nuestra cultura y a nosotros mismos.

Marea Creciente busca establecer fuertes vínculos con grupos de justicia ambiental que luchan contra la contaminación que generan las instalaciones de procesamiento de combustibles fósiles y aliarnos con aquellos que, desde ya, están siendo afectados por el Cambio Climático alrededor del mundo.

Consideramos que nosotros, como red, debemos aumentar nuestros esfuerzos para construir relaciones de solidaridad con otros grupos con campañas afines y particularmente con aquellos que están en posición de perder más con el Cambio Climático, en nuestros países y alrededor del mundo.

Debemos igualmente trabajar hacia una solidaridad real, más allá de las fronteras geográficas y las diferencias de raza, clase, género e identidad sexual.

Marea Creciente cree que el momento en que empecemos a construir una cultura de ayuda mutua y autonomía de las comunidades, cuando creemos cambio a través de la acción directa y nos organicemos sin líderes, estaremos demostrando que no necesitamos gobiernos o corporaciones para sobrevivir y prosperar.

 
La Red Internacional Marea Creciente aboga por:

  • Una transición justa hacia una economía baja en emisiones de carbono, de bajo consumo, y controlada localmente.
  • Reducciones drásticas e inmediatas de las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.
  • Soluciones a la crisis climática definidas por aquellos que son más severamente afectados y que fomentan la autonomía local y la autosuficiencia.
  • Reparación de la deuda social y económica, del Norte hacia el Sur y de las élites al control popular, permitiendo a las comunidades reconstruirse a sí mismas y restaurar su medio ambiente.
  • Libertad de movimiento (o circulación) y un cese a los controles migratorios. Apoyo presente y futuro a todos aquellos desplazados y a aquellos quienes intentan crear un futuro mejor y más seguro para sí mismos y sus familias, al cruzar las fronteras internacionales.

 

La Red Internacional Marea Creciente se opone a:

  • Nuevas exploraciones y extracciones de combustibles fósiles.
  • La generación de energía nuclear y otras “soluciones tecnológicas” como la geoingeniería, los agro-combustibles, la modificación genética y la “captura y almacenamiento de carbono”.
  • Falsas soluciones usadas como una forma de evadir responsabilidad en la reducción de emisiones, esto incluye el comercio del carbono, la compensación de emisiones, el programa REDD, los Mecanismos de Desarrollo Limpio y los proyectos de Implementación Conjunta.
  • La mercantilización y privatización de los recursos naturales del mundo y la apertura de nuevas infraestructuras extractivas, especialmente donde las comunidades locales se oponen a ello.
  • Gobiernos del Norte usando ayuda financiera para la mitigación del Cambio Climático como una forma de incrementar la deuda externa de los países no industrializados.
  • La criminalización y violencia de parte de los estados y las corporaciones hacia los movimientos de justicia social y ambiental.


Los abajo firmantes (Octubre 2011)

Hyokyaalto (Finland)

Marea Creciente Ecuador

Marea Creciente Mexico

Rising Tide Australia

Rising Tide North America

Rising Tide UK

The Rising Tide Coalition for Climate Justice Political Statement

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Background to this statement

Rising Tide is a grassroots international network of groups and individuals who take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change and to promote local, community-based solutions to the climate crisis. It is part of a wider global movement for social and ecological justice.

Rising Tide was formed in November 2000 to organise protests at the 6th UN climate negotiations (COP6) in The Netherlands. The network came together around the principles set out in the first Rising Tide political statement of 2000, which put forward a unique analysis and approach to climate change that was well ahead of its time, based around the issues of social justice and a critique of business-led solutions. More than a decade later, many parts of that original radical analysis have been accepted by social movements, mainstream NGOs, think tanks and some political parties.

Fair and effective solutions to climate change have not, however, become a reality, and therefore our mission to confront the root causes of climate change and fight for climate justice continues.

This statement updates and builds upon the Rising Tide political statement of 2000, preparing the growing international network for its second decade fighting for climate justice.

Rising Tide is an international network of groups and individuals committed to a grassroots approach to fighting for climate justice. We believe that the Kyoto protocol will fail to combat the climate change crisis. Instead the protocol promotes the self-interest of corporations and industrialised nations and marginalises issues of global equity and the environment.

Root causes, false ‘solutions’

Rising Tide believes that the roots of the climate crisis lie in the current global economic system and its endless pursuit of economic growth at all costs.

Corporate-friendly and state-sponsored ‘solutions’ to climate change are utterly failing to solve the climate crisis. The current international climate negotiations are flawed and unjust because they are based on the interests of a neo-liberal capitalist globalisation that seeks to benefit richer countries and corporations.

We recognise that such globalisation is triggering ever-faster climate change, and we oppose the carbon trading market as a form of modern-day colonialism. We reject nuclear energy as a 'solution' to climate change and actively campaign against it, alongside other false solutions which either fail to reduce emissions or threaten us with new local and global risks.

Rising Tide believes that as a matter of survival, we must confront capitalism and decrease our dependence on the industries and institutions that are destroying the planet. Simultaneously we must work towards social justice, community autonomy and sustainable living.

Climate justice

Rising Tide believes that social and economic equity between and within countries lies at the heart of truly fair solutions to climate change.

Corporations working in collusion with government elites are at the heart of the exploitation of communities of ordinary people everywhere. This is at its starkest in the plunder of the resources of the global south by the wealthy economies of the global north. We acknowledge that these wealthy economies owe ecological and social debts to the people of the global south. The ecological debt caused by the extraction, use and abuse of resources such as fossil fuels, minerals, forests, and marine and genetic resources generates huge social damage whereby local communities are exploited physically, politically, economically, culturally and emotionally.

Repair to the biosphere, and to the communities where such extraction has taken place, cannot be delivered simply by payments of money. It will require the wresting of wealth and resources away from elites into popular control. Particularly, land and resources need to be returned to the control of communities in the global south and indigenous peoples.

Just transition

Rising Tide wants to see a 'just transition' to a low carbon, low consumption economy that is focused on well-being, not profit. This means a transition that doesn't fall hardest on low income communities, socially discriminated communities or low-waged employees of industries reliant on fossil fuels.

Energy to meet basic needs is an essential element of climate justice. Subsistence emissions of marginalised groups must not be targeted by any plans to reduce global emissions. Nor must such plans involve ‘population control’ or other authoritarian measures which serve to penalise the victims of the current system while high consumption by elites continues unabated.

We believe that successful solutions to climate change must be debated and created by organised transnational movements which put the greatest emphasis on the demands and proposals of grassroots movements of those most affected: for example, communities in the global south, island nations, indigenous peoples and migrants', womens' and youth organisations. People working collectively must be in control of this process. Power must be decentralised, not concentrated in the hands of governments and private companies.

Ways forward

We know that that atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases must be reduced as dramatically and quickly as possible. To this end, Rising Tide wants to see an immediate end to all new fossil fuel exploration and extraction and a just, rapid transition away from the burning of fossil fuels. We also acknowledge that ecosystem preservation, recovery and restoration are essential to sequestering carbon and curbing the exponential rate of species extinction.

Practical, low-impact, community-run solutions do exist. It is time to start using them and fighting back against those vested interests who attempt to undermine them.

To build truly just solutions, we must also dismantle the systems of oppression that permeate our culture and ourselves. Rising Tide aims to build strong links with environmental justice groups fighting pollution from fossil fuel processing facilities and ally ourselves with those around the world who are already being affected by climate change. We acknowledge that we as a network must step up our efforts to build relationships of solidarity with other related campaign groups and particularly with the people who stand to lose the most from climate change, in our own countries and around the world. We must also work towards real solidarity across borders and lines of race, class, gender, ability and sexual identity.

Rising Tide believes that when we begin to build a culture of mutual aid and community autonomy, and when we create change through direct action and organising without leaders, we demonstrate that we don’t need governments or corporations in order to survive and thrive.

The Rising Tide international network advocates:

  • A just transition to locally-controlled, low carbon, low consumption economies.
  • Immediate, drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Solutions to the climate crisis that are defined by those most severely affected and foster local autonomy and self-sufficiency.
  • Redress of the ecological and social debts of the North to the South and from elites to popular control, enabling communities to rebuild themselves and restore their environments.
  • Freedom of movement and an end to migration controls.
  • Current and future support for all displaced people, and for those who attempt to create a better and safer life for themselves and their families by crossing international borders.

The Rising Tide international network opposes:

  • New fossil fuel exploration and extraction.
  • Nuclear power generation and other techno-fixes such as large scale geo-engineering, industrial agrofuels, genetic modification and carbon capture and storage.
  • The false solutions being used as a way to evade responsibility for emissions reductions, including emissions trading, carbon offsetting, REDD, the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation projects.
  • The commodification and privatisation of the world’s natural resources, and the opening of new large scale resource extractive infrastructure, especially where it is opposed by local communities.
  • Northern governments using financial aid for climate change mitigation as a means of increasing the debt owed by non industrialised nations.
  • Criminalisation of and violence towards grassroots environmental and social justice movements by states and corporations.

Signatories (October 2011)

  • Hyokyaalto (Finland)
  • Marea Creciente Ecuador
  • Marea Creciente Mexico
  • Rising Tide Australia
  • Rising Tide North America
  • Rising Tide UK

About Rising Tide

What we stand for

Rising Tide is a grassroots network of independent groups and individuals committed to taking action and building a movement against climate change. We do not have a formal membership structure - anyone who supports the political statement on our website can become a part of the network. Rising Tide in the UK is part of the international Rising Tide Network.

Political statement

Peoples' Global Action (PGA) Hallmarks - Find out why RT decided, in 2007, to adopt the PGA hallmarks.

Rising Tide is diverse

A wide range of groups are already involved in our network, including student groups, direct action activists, community groups, unions, church groups and energy advice centres. We encourage an ever more vibrant and diverse movement.

Rising Tide argues that climate change is an issue of social injustice.

Climate change is a direct result of the economic domination of Northern interests and transnational corporations. We call for 'climate justice' through solutions that address structural inequalities and recognise the historical responsibility of the rich nations for the problem.

Rising Tide argues that the Kyoto Protocol will fail

We support international cuts in emissions through means that are applied with equality and fairness The Kyoto Protocol fails this standard- the cuts are far too low and depend on flawed market mechanisms. These will not be effective, will reinforce existing inequalities, and will reward the greatest polluters. The science is clear: to prevent further climate change rich countries need to cut emissions by up to 90%.

Rising Tide calls for a just transition to a non-carbon society

We call for an immediate end to oil exploration and a dismantling of the fossil fuel economy. We call for a rapid transition which does not fall hardest on low income communities, communities of colour or low income employees of fossil fuel industries

Rising Tide supports grassroots action in the UK

Training and Skills Support

We provide trainers and materials for regional workshops in public speaking and community organising. We provide access to a database of people with experience and skills including: campaign strategy and fighting public enquiries; publicity, advertising and media; editing, graphics and materials production.

Bringing People Together

We hold a national weekend gathering each year which brings together people from all over Britain to exchange ideas, experiences, information and contacts. Regional Rising Tide networks also organise local gatherings and informal meetings. We organise regular tours to reach a wider public, and have a presence at a wide range of festivals and conferences.

Supporting Protest

We believe that public protest has always played a crucial role in movements for social change. We publicise campaigns and actions by groups in the network and encourage people to support them. We also provide access to networks and experienced activists.

Distributing News and Ideas

Our website contains lists of local contacts, links to active groups and organisations, and a wide range of resources to download.

Linking the UK movement with groups around the world

We are an active partner in the international Rising Tide network.

Archives

Original older content (up to 16 July 2011) is also on web.archive.org:

1. Risingtide.org.uk

2. Londonrisingtide.org.uk

The Climate Action / RisingTide newsheet ran until 2011, available from http://risingtide.org.uk/pipermail/rt-news/, archived in the zip attachment (unzip and open index.html).

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Rising Tide UK adopts the PGA Hallmarks

As of May 2007, following discussions at our 2007 National Gathering, the UK Rising Tide network has adopted the Peoples’ Global Action Hallmarks.

PGA Hallmarks

  1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive globalisation.
  2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.
  3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.
  4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.
  5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.


Why did Rising Tide sign up to the PGA Hallmarks?

First, what is Peoples’ Global Action? PGA is a network for spreading information and coordinating actions between grassroots movements around the world. These diverse groups share the same opposition to capitalism, and commitment to direct action and civil disobedience as the most effective form of struggle. PGA grew out of the international Zapatista gatherings in 1996 and 1997, and was formed as a space for direct and un -mediated contact between autonomous groups.

And why did we sign up? The reasons given below are drawn from discussions had at the 2007 RT National Gathering.

The hallmarks capture the essence of Rising Tide’s political analysis, preferred tactics and way of organising. The hallmarks do a good job of explaining who we are, in clear terms by:

  • Describing our political analysis in a no-nonsense way. We are agreed that a commitment to endless economic growth is the (biggest) root cause of climate change, and that market-based solutions are not only ‘smokescreen’ solutions, but are actively detrimental.
  • Capturing our preferred tactics: energy dissent/descent – direct action against the root causes of climate change, and the creative search for and promotion of low-energy lifestyles and local, community-run solutions to our energy needs.
  • Capturing our way of organising: decentralised, autonomous and non-hierarchical.

The main discussion we had was about hallmark 3, which rejects lobbying and calls for a confrontational attitude. It was agreed that in the UK Rising Tide context, a confrontational attitude means taking nonviolent direct action. Over all it was concluded that the rejection of lobbying contained within hallmark 3 fits with the Rising Tide political statement, which views governments as very much part of the problem, inextricably tied up, as they are, with corporate power. We can’t trust governments to bring in needed changes – mostly because they can’t, because they’re in the pockets of big business, because politicians want to get re-elected and don’t want to lose votes with huge new taxes or caps on flights for example, and mostly because what we believe is the root cause of the problem – economic growth – they see as a key goal. Fundamentally, lobbying means asking governments to change things on our behalf. Instead, we choose not to give up our power or transfer our responsibility to someone else – we try to make those changes that we believe need to happen for and by ourselves. And we try to do it using methods that pave the way for the different kind of world we want to bring about, rather than ones that reinforce the current order. 

The hallmarks and PGA itself are not perfect, but they do provide a reminder of our principles and ideals in a world where it is easy to slip into unacceptable compromises. At a time when it feels like the tipping points are fast approaching and the climate crisis is about to explode it is easy to begin to think that the only way out is to ask governments to take control, invest in techno-fixes and legislate against unsustainable behaviours. This is the point when we have to shake ourselves, think about what that actually means and remember the kind of world we’re trying to build. This is the time when we can re-read the PGA Hallmarks, re-orient our thinking and reconnect with grassroots struggles from resistance movements around the world, movements committed to taking direct action for systemic social and ecological change. These hallmarks are not overly radical – they are the voice of sanity, and it is our role to carry these ideas forward. By signing up to the hallmarks we hope we are helping to make the important ideas contained within them accepted norms rather than dismissed as fringe or extremist.

Find out more about the PGA, including history and organising principles.

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