Alternatibaorganized in Bayonne by the BIZI ("life" in Basque) on 5 and 6 October brought together around a hundred associations and collectives around climate justice as the IPCC released its new climate report, an alarming report as it was expected.
For two daysThe alternatives were in the spotlight to imagine another future and above all, to try to build a broader movement when in 2015 the Steering Committee dedicated to the preparation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris.
At the end of these two days, a declaration was made public calling for the creation of "10, 100, 1,000 Alternatiba in Europe". Quartiers en Transition is associated with it through the actions and initiatives organised throughout the year in the 18th arrondissement, in Paris and the Ile-de-France region.
Let's create 10, 100, 1,000 Alternatiba in Europe: call for more alternative villages
Stéphane Hessel said that one of the central challenges of our time was "climate change and human-induced degradation over the last three centuries. Climate disruption is worsening and accelerating, threatening the world's poorest populations and, in the medium term, the conditions for civilized life on Earth".
All the warning signs are red. Climatic disturbances are multiplying, particularly affecting the poorest populations in the South, but also those in the North: droughts, desertification, changes in the seasons, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, forest fires, melting glaciers and ice floes... Will we remain idle? Will we continue to watch the planet burn?
The challenge is clear: to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions so as not to cross dangerous, even irreversible thresholds of global warming and climate destabilization. The massive, brutal disruption of the climate system in such a short time is a challenge without precedent in the history of humanity.
But Alternatiba, this magnificent day, must give us hope: solutions exist, they are already implemented by thousands of associations, local authorities and individuals. Better: these alternatives build a society that is more pleasant to live in, more convivial, more supportive, more just and more humane.
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Peasant agriculture, the relocation of the economy, the controlled development of the territory and the development of alternatives to all-road transport, energy sobriety, eco-housing, putting finance in step, the social and ecological reconversion of production, responsible consumption, the sharing of work and wealth, mutual aid, the reduction and recycling of waste, the preservation of common goods such as water, land or forests show the way...
The fight against climate change is not a constraint, but a tremendous impetus to build a more humane future.
Alas, governments, the powerful of this world do not follow these paths. International climate negotiations are wobbling and going in the wrong direction. Multinationals and economic lobbies are doing everything they can to ensure that these alternatives are not applied because they call into question their sources of profit and power. Worse, they are imposing their false, ineffective and dangerous solutions: nuclear power, agrofuels, GMOs, compensation mechanisms, financialisation of nature, geo-engineering, etc. These make it possible to maintain a model in which the North and the richest populations of the planet plunder nature, monopolize wealth and devastate the environment, particularly in the South.
Citizen involvement, the mobilization of populations and the reappropriation of our future are essential to counterbalance this undermining work. The commitment of each and every one of us, which Stéphane Hessel called for so strongly, is today a priority in order to take up the climate challenge. The stabilization of the climate will be the fruit of our union, of our collective intelligence, of our solidarity and our thirst for social justice, of our ability to set in motion the changes here and now, to set the transition in motion, without further delay.
At the end of 2015, COP21, the 21st UN Climate Change Conference, will take place. Six years after the much-publicised Copenhagen conference, COP21 should be just as important, as the Heads of State have publicly committed themselves to adopting a new international agreement to fight climate change for the period after 2020. The horizon of 2020 is signalled by the international scientific community as a period when our greenhouse gas emissions must have started to fall significantly if we want to avoid the worst.
To ensure that these promises do not go unheeded, as was the case in Copenhagen, it is up to the citizens to mobilize and act so that real solutions can be put in place. All the more so as this COP21 will be held in ... Paris, at Le Bourget airport!
Popular mobilization in France and Europe on issues of climate emergency and social justice is therefore once again becoming a particularly topical issue. The success and the federative character of Alternatiba, this Village of Alternatives made possible by the commitment of each one of us here in Bayonne, shows us one of the faces that this European citizen mobilization could take.
We call on all cities and territories in Europe to prepare their own Villages as of now, in their turn, as alternatives to climate change and the social and ecological crisis. It will be as much a question of questioning the leaders on the dramatic consequences of the absence of an ambitious, effective, binding and fair international agreement on the climate as of calling on the populations to set in motion without further delay the social, energy and ecological transition necessary to avoid the profound and irreversible disruption of the climate mechanisms.
The objective will also be to unite all those who, in one way or another, through the alternatives or struggles they bring, contribute, sometimes without knowing it, to preserving the climate. What Alternatiba did in Bayonne, we can reproduce it everywhere, in the most diverse formats.
To see ten, a hundred, a thousand Alternatiba blossom, together, let us spread this Call around us. Let's bring together as many actors of change as possible in order to prepare from now on the Alternative Villages that will have to blossom all over France and Europe until the COP21 in Paris. United and determined, we can win this battle in the North as well as in the South. For ourselves and for the generations to come. So that we can say, today as well as tomorrow: "we made a commitment when there was still time!
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