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Media Advisory--Report Back from Durban, South Africa: Grassroots vs. the 1% at the UN Climate Negotiations


January 5, 2012
 
Burlington, VT—Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann, Orin Langelle and Jeff Conant, along with Keith Brunner and Lindsey Gillies will give a report on the recent controversial UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa next Wednesday, January 11, at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  All four presenters were in Durban for the climate negotiations.
 
Fletcher Free Library is located at 235 College Street.  Burlington Action Against Nukes and the Environmental Action Group of Occupy Burlington are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.
 
“The Durban disaster marks the lost decade in the fight against climate change,” said Anne Petermann, Executive Director of GJEP, whose international office is in Hinesburg, VT.  “These talks accomplished nothing except to delay any implementation of a UN plan to stop climate change until 2020,” she stated.
 
Both Petermann and Brunner were carried out of the talks by UN security, ejected from the UN grounds and turned over to the South African police for staging an unpermitted sit-in protest of the corporate take-over of the negotiations. [1] Gillies was also ejected.
 
Earlier that week, photojournalist Orin Langelle, on assignment for Z Magazine, had his camera shoved into his face by a UN security officer because Langelle was taking a photograph of the officer ejecting a person who was giving an interview to the media following a UN-approved Global Justice Ecology Project press conference. This incident led Langelle to file a formal complaint against UN security. [2] Langelle will show his documentary photographs of the “Durban Disaster” at the upcoming event.
 
Jeff Conant, Global Justice Ecology Project’s Communications Director who was also present in Durban, will live-stream from the GJEP Oakland, CA office to discuss the perspectives of other climate justice groups on the Durban negotiations.
 
The entire two weeks in Durban were marred with controversy, which included the corporate takeover of the UN climate talks, heavy handed security measures to prevent civil society participation in the talks, and the attempt by “Big Green” Non Governmental Organizations (i.e. Greenpeace and 350.org) to control a major “Occupy” protest there.  This attempted control of dissent prompted Petermann to write a controversial critique of the big NGOs, titled “Showdown at the Durban Disaster: Challenging the Big Green Patriarchy.” [3]
 
Contact:  Peggy Luhrs, Burlington Against Nukes., 802.862.9015
Sophie Quest, Environmental Action Group of Occupy Burlington, 802.238.4927
Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, 802.578.0477
 
Notes to Editors:
 
[1] Global Justice Ecology Project Director Anne Petermann Ejected from COP17   http://wp.me/pDT6U-3hX
 
[2] Formal Complaint Filed Against UN Security Actions in Durban   http://wp.me/pDT6U-3jy
 
[3] Showdown at the Durban Disaster: Challenging the ‘Big Green’ Patriarchy   http://wp.me/pDT6U-3iE



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