From the Paris Agreement to the Ecocity Summit 2017

From Paris to Melbourne, via Curitiba and a few more places…

#Ecocity2017, or the Ecocity World Summit 2017 will start in 10 days time in Melbourne, Australia. On the same day, 13 hours behind, will start the local Curitiba parallel event, with a whole series of events happening, from picnics, to bikerides, to outdoor films and talks. The first event will happen in Jupter with the local zero waste collective, Lixo Zero. During the 3 days of the forum, Curitiba will “tune in” into live content coming from Australia and perhaps interact somehow with the discussions about how best we can transform our cities and communities to become more harmonious with nature. Some of the organisers in Curitiba did a similar sort of project back in December 2015, during the hugely important COP 21 conference about climate change, from which came the now famous Paris Agreement (even though some so called “leader” is ditching it). Below are 2 reports about those going on from a year and a half ago in Curitiba, 1 after and 1 before the event. Prior to that event, a similar communication experiment happend between Barcelona, Nairobi and Dublin during the World Social Forum in Kenya in 2007. 2 years before that Barcelona experiment, in 2005, there were the first steps in Dublin into the pushing the boundaries of people communicating together in the network age, those steps led to this short 4 minute documentary.

  • #COP21 ends, now what? (Post COP 21)
  • Curitiba starts to play the #ClimateGames (Pre COP 21)

#COP21 ends, now what?

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#COP21 ends, what happened, what happens next, did we achieve anything, what are we trying to achieve, what are our collective dreams, how do we get there???

Here in Curitiba, Brazil with Curitiba Pelo Clima (Curitiba for the climate) we created new open processes and spaces to connect the different groups, projects, communities… We are “Thinking global, acting local”, but we are also thinking and acting Global-local at all the scales together.. networks within networks.. We finished a 2 week experiment with a #ViradaClimatica, it was a hectic and chaotic few days, we dreamed big, we tried to do some things, we achieved some goals, failed in others, but no problem, we learn, adapt, move on… Now we go forward, built on new relationships, more organised, knowing what we need to do and how do it..

This is hard to grasp, but we are the “Immune system” of life itself kicking in (As Paul Hawken nicely framed it), “we are nature defending itself” as #climategames put it.. We dont have all the answers, but we are creating open systems for maximum input, involvement, participation to allow for the discussions to happen, from which things are built.. Its a big challenge, but we can do it, we are doing it..

Viva la PACHAMAMA…

Thanks to all who are working to create a sustainable world together. We know it’s a huge challenge! We also know it’s possible to make the change. Not only possible, but essential.. We can do it, we’re already making the change. Building local solutions in our home communities, connecting with more groups, at all scales, to build up strength and resilience.. We are a global family, with all the diversity…
Thanks to all who were in Paris these last 2 weeks and longer, thanks to those who weren’t there physically but were there in all other senses… We can and will build on these 2 weeks, address what little local problems we have to work at, identify and connect with more local groups, projects, communities and TOGETHER build up the culture that will make the necessary change… We can do it, we’re doing it…

At the end of it all, having these problems is a fantastic opportunity for us to participate in fantastic adventures.. The greatest story ever… That’s how it will be remembered, when, like in the last page of the asterix books, our communities gather together to eat and drink together, to celebrate the life, to share stories and more adventures.. They will tell our grandchildren about the crazy, wild, passionate and often sad stories of how we got from here now to there tomorrow…

Thanks to all already participating, you give us strength, hope and courage… Somos juntos, vamos em frente, juntos
(Were all together, let’s go forward, together)

CURITIBA PELO CLIMA
VEM VOCÊS TAMBÉM
(Curitiba for the climate, come on you guys too..)

VIVA LÁ PACHAMAMA
(Long live Mother Earth)

Dunk, an Irish guy in Brazil, 1 of the people working from the “Curtiba Pelo Clima” new open space.

350.org vid of D12, the last day of action in Paris with the #Redlines action:

Climate Games trailer:

Post #COP21 reports from some groups..

Paris deal: Epic fail on a planetary scale
http://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2015/12/12/cop21-paris-deal-epi-fail-on-planetary-scale/

‘Father of climate change’ James Hansen says the Paris deal is ‘just bull***t’

COP21: The curtain falls on a masquerade
http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php/actions-and-events-mainmenu-26/-climate-change-and-agrofuels-mainmenu-75/1934-cop21-the-curtain-falls-on-a-masquerade

Final COP 21 text a disaster for the world’s most vulnerable and future generations
http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/news/2015/dec/12/final-cop-21-text-disaster-worlds-most-vulnerable-and-future-generations

COP21: View from the streets as summit reaches climax
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/cop21-view-from-the-streets-as-summit-reaches-climax-1.2465056

Five things you need to know about the Paris climate deal
https://theconversation.com/five-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-paris-climate-deal-52256

Curitiba starts to play the #ClimateGames

“Não estamos lutando pela natureza.
Somos a natureza se defendendo a si mesma”

“We are not fighting for nature.
We are nature defending itself”

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We are facing the greatest challenge the human family has ever faced; adapt or die! Since 2009 world leaders finally agree that, climate wise, we humans are in a very dangerous position and quick radical change is required to avert a climate crisis that could end life for our species on this planet.

With the approach of the #COP21 conference in Paris (November 30-December 12 2015), a few people have come together in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba to attempt to make a small bit of positive change. They met up, had meetings, developed plans for 2 weeks of activity during the #COP21, imagined what a more sustainable world might look like and, perhaps most importantly of all, thought about what they felt had to be done for to get to that place..

They named this open, horizontal process or group “Curitiba Pelo Clima” (Curitiba for the climate) and it included a mix of people, some Brazilian, some not, some long time activists, some new to it.. While there were already climate related demos organized in the city for N29, “Curitiba Pelo Clima” felt that more was needed to be done.

A 2 week action plan was created, the #JanelaClimatica (climate window) from Sunday the 29th of November till Saturday the 12th of December. The objective of this was to identify what groups, spaces, projects existed in the city and with that, to try to improve the connections between them, a bit of “getting out of the ghetto”. An online calendar was created and an open invitation was sent out to groups in the city to see if they had events on in this period and if not if they would like to do so, the idea that the calendar would serve as a central info point for people.

During these 2 weeks the group would also set up a physical meeting point in the city, for people to visit, watch live video streams from Paris, watch videos and organize talks around local solutions. This happened in the great bike space / art and cultural centre in the city centre, the bicicletaria cultural. There were also thoughts on using the new Cyclists square too, which is just beside the centre.

The group identified with and supported the ideas of the Climate Games network, who were already setting up physically in Paris, as well as building a bold platform to assist in the required shift to create a sustainable world. So they thought they would set up a team and play along too…

The first little game has been a communication action. The Curitiba group loved the trailer video made and decided to translate the quote and simply try to spread word in the community about #COP21, climate issues, the #ClimateGames, their #JanelaClimatica etc.. the tool of choice has been, but not limited to, the mighty speech bubble and since N29 it is appearing in the streets, on walls, and online. You can see more images as they appear and are archived in the groups facebook album: “Somos a natureza se defendendo a si mesma” #ClimateGames, on their twitter page and on instagram.. This is just the start.. The group are happy to be playing the game.

Aswell as creating a march for the start of their 2 weeks, they also created the first “Peoples Climate Assembly”, apparently the first of its type in Brazil. It was very positive and productive and a second is being planned now for the closing day of action, D12, in a community ecology project in the city, the amazing Park Gomm. Also during the first week in the bicicletaria they have been building up a “climate toolkit” for local groups too.

So, that’s whats going on here “down South”, lets see where it all leads.

All infos on the groups blog: www.curitibapeloclima.wordpress.com

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