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July 15 - Day of Action against Climate Change and G8

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International Day of Direct Action
against Climate Change and the G8
Rise Up Against G8 Policies
Target Fossil Fuel Industries in Your Town or Bioregion

A new call to action from Earth First! Climate Caucus and Rising Tide North America,
featured on http://www.ReclaimTheCommons.net


July 15th 2006 -- Direct Action for Climate Justice

International Day of Direct Action
against Climate Change and the G8
Rise Up Against G8 Policies
Target Fossil Fuel Industries in Your Town or Bioregion

On July 15th, the "Group of 8" (G8) richest industrialized countries will gather
in St. Petersburg, Russia to plot their continued commodification and domination
of the planet, this time under the banner of "Energy Security." A leaked G8
"Communique on Energy Security" calls for trillions of dollars in new investments
in oil, gas and coal production worldwide, plus wide-scale global expansion of
nuclear energy. With runaway climate change* looming just over the horizon, such
neoliberal business-as-usual poses a direct threat to the continuation of life on
Earth as we know it. Resistance is self defense. The G8 agenda promotes
petroleum-dependent "Energy Security" that pollutes our land and atmosphere,
ravages poor and indigenous communities, and scorches the Earth's climate. Their
recipe for disaster must be met with our global resistance!

July 15th will be an International Day of Action Against Climate Change. As G8
energy ministers promise trillions in new subsidies to the industries destroying
our planet and our future, we will take action to shut them down! This is a call
for autonomous, decentralized actions appropriate for your town, city, or
bioregion. Use this international day of action to support local struggles against
oil refineries, gas pipelines, strip mines and coal-fired power plants. Disrupt the
financial backers of the fossil fuel industry. Host teach-ins to spread sustainable
post-petroleum living skills. Find a weak point in the infrastructure of resource
exploitation and throw a literal or symbolic wrench in the works. Visit your local
polluters and give 'em hell!

The July 15th International Day of Action Against Climate Change is being
mobilized by Rising Tide North America, a new network initiated in the US by the
Earth First! Climate Caucus, with inspiration and support from the UK's vibrant
Rising Tide direct action movement for climate justice and against climate change.
Rising Tide North America is actively mobilizing July 15th actions in local
bioregions, as well as reaching out to environmental justice, climate action and
radical sustainability movements in all of the G8 countries plus the Global South.


Rising Tide North America is building a large collection of outreach and agit-prop
materials that can be used by groups around the continent (and the world) to
organize locally. These materials will be downloadable from
http://www.reclaimthecommons.net and from the website of Rising Tide North America (comin'
soon).

Join the Rising Tide North America network, and tell us about July 15th actions
against climate change being planned in your community or bioregion! Contact us at
efclimatecaucus [at] wildmail.com.

For more information and updates about July 15th international actions against
climate change, plus news and links about additional global resistance against the
2006 G8 Summit from July 14th to 17th, go to http://www.reclaimthecommons.net.

To learn more about the global Rising Tide movement, visit http://www.risingtide.org.uk
and read "Rising Tide Takes the Helm: Mapping Strategies for Climate Justice" in
May-June 2006 Earth First! Journal:
http://reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=316
To learn more about the origin and purpose of Rising Tide North America,
read "Earth First! Climate Caucus: A New Birth in the No Compromise
Movement" in May-June 2006 Earth First! Journal:
http://reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=317

*19 of the 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1980. Islands in the
South Pacific are already evacuating due to rising sea levels. Storms and
hurricanes are growing more severe. Polar bears are drowning as their icy habitat
breaks apart and drifts out to sea. Greenland and Antarctica are melting. Everyday
we spew more greenhouse gases burned from fossil fuels into the atmosphere;
everyday we are one step closer to what scientists refer to as "the tipping
point," on the verge of catastrophic and irreversible climate chaos.

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