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19.07.2019 Radical Repression against Peaceful Climate Protests: Accounts from Zurich

17.07.2019 Media release: Banned from entering Switzerland for up to three years – protecting the climate is not a crime!

15.07.2019 Media release: Climate activists are being punished disproportionately

It’s time to get active again!

Major Swiss banks invest in projects and companies in the oil, gas and coal sectors across the globe. In doing so, they are financing technologies that are damaging both humans and the environment. With this ruthless, profit-oriented approach, the Swiss Financial Centre is not only ignoring the Paris Climate Agreement, but is steering us towards a global warming of 4 to 6 degrees Celsius!

The Climate Justice Collective has decided to do something about this situation and is calling for international participation in our resistance against the Swiss Financial Centre!

To this end, we will be holding a Climate Camp with numerous cultural activities, workshops on climate crisis and the role of the Swiss Financial Centre, and much more from 2-11 July 2019! At the camp you can:

  • Prepare actions or join an existing one
  • Attend workshops & lectures or offer them yourself
  • Relax, stay overnight, eat, participate in cultural activities, and make contact with other climate activists.

Our ACTION DAYS against the Swiss Financial Centre will take place on the 8th and 9th of July! The focal point will be a non-violent but assertive openly-announced action of civil disobedience at two hotpots of the Swiss Financial Centre which we will organise together. Hand in hand with small, independent group actions, we will cut off the money supply for the climate killers!

Only if we are many, can we make a difference! Therefore:

Come to our Climate Camp and bring your friends with you!

Participate in the Action Days! In order to be well prepared, you should arrive at the camp, at the very latest, by Sunday, July 7th at 12 o’clock noon and participate in the Action Plenum.


Our Self-Understanding

Stating Situation

The man-made climate crisis is the greatest global problem of our age. Global warming causes devastating environmental catastrophes and particularly threatens the habitat and livelihood of humans in the Global South. It is that proportion of humankind that, when it comes to processes of planning and distribution, is systematically discriminated against by those that caused the climate crisis in the first place: The rich industrial nations of the North.

Climate justice is impossible in a capitalist economy and society. Profit interests of capital often cause the destruction of nature. Hence, sustainable climate justice is only attainable through solidary economic systems and lifestyles. The developments of past years and decades further show that governments are a part of the problem and that there is no reason to hope for social or ecological betterment. Climate justice can neither be expected from the economically and politically powerful nor from any kind of technological innovations.

We can no longer wait for political decisions or for the next climate summit. The disaster is already a reality. The predominant societal and economic order, and its understanding of the environment, already kills, sickens and steals the livelihoods of people around the world today. Only a movement that takes charge of the necessary radical changes itself can still work against the climate crisis.

Strategy

The climate crisis is a global problem. Our approach does not limit itself to local climate protection. The cause of climate change is a global, fossil capitalism that enables the wealth, prosperity and the entailing privileges of western industrial nations through exploitation. Effective strategies against climate change must begin with global, fossil capitalism, its power structures and the profiteers of said system.

Social questions of distribution (share of resources) and justice (opportunities for self- and co-determination) always have direct ecological consequences. In this sense, the climate games are a part of a global fight for justice, solidarity and sustainability. We oppose the perpetrators of the global climate crisis with diverse actions, disrupt their activities and denounce the profit-driven indifference of the political and economic spheres.

It is due to the frequency and urgency of the problem that we recognise civil disobedience as a legitimate form of action. Violence against livings beings, on the other hand, is categorically opposed.

In addition to actions, we will deal with the topic of climate justice in discussion rounds, workshops, presentations and many more forms of collective exchange. We’ll pool the acquired information and make it available to anyone interested. The events aim to help people empower themselves and to find viable alternatives to global, fossil capitalism. Our events are open to anyone interested in a global transition toward a just and solidary world and/or want to work toward such a world. The climate crisis is a central ecological and societal problem, but not the only one of our time. We stand in solidarity with further anti-capitalist struggles, both local and global.

Demands and Perspectives

Climate justice cannot be achieved through adjustments of the current system. We demand a system change:

We demand an end to the exploitation of specifically living beings and generally nature. We demand a radical and swift withdrawal from all fossil fuels and a transition to a lifestyle that is based on renewable resources and on solidary economic and social systems. The main cause of climate change is the burning of coal, gas and oil. Sensible climate politics must not compromise on leaving these resources in the ground.

We demand compensation for the immense climate injustices, which subsist along the global North-South-axis. Therefore, we must also profoundly change the societal relationship to the environment. This means democratising and respecting the vetoes of the directly affected against enterprises of the fossil fuel, mining and agricultural industries, and against the climate-damaging politics of perpetrator states.