Invitation to help build, support and participate in the second Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice to be held on December 4th, 2010 as part of a Global Day of Climate Action.
Thanks to the support of over 30 organizations within Toronto, the June 23rd People’s Assembly on Climate Justice was an incredible success, where over 250 social and climate justice activists, representatives from organizations and community groups, and concerned members of the public gathered to discuss community-based responses to the climate crisis.
The second Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice, to be held on Dec 4th, 2010, is intended to be the launch of a permanent series of Assemblies which will serve as an open forum for ongoing dialogue and movement building within Toronto. By following the horizontal process established in the first Assembly and without imposing the answer it seeks to find, the Assembly will create a space where the discussions necessary to create a strong and unified movement for climate justice in Toronto can take place.
The Dec 4th Assembly will mark the halfway point of the Cancun Climate Talks and will take place alongside actions organized around the world as part of a worldwide day of action called for by the Global Climate Campaign. The Assembly is also in line with the call from La Via Campesina to create ‘1000 Cancuns’ around the globe, and the national callout from the Council of Canadians for People’s Assemblies across the country. With members of Toronto Climate Campaign, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Environmental Justice Toronto, and Science for Peace already on the organzing team, the Assembly is shaping up to be the central local response to the UN climate talks in Cancun.
The scope of the challenges that the climate crisis presents to us is beyond the ability of any group or collection of individuals to confront on their own. Our only hope lies in coming together to form a united movement with the determination empower ourselves to build the capacity that will allow us to organize our communities as a collective movement to create effective solutions.
Our future (and future generations) depend on our success. We welcome your endorsement, participation in our bi-weekly planning meetings, any financial contribution you can make, help in promoting and raising awareness, and of course, your eventual participation in the Assembly itself.
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