Last December 6 the March for the Climate started. Alongside thousands of people from all parts of the world, we toured the streets of Madrid to demand climate justice, thus giving the starting signal to the Social Summit for the Climate, an event in which more than 300 acts of various kinds are scheduled by the various organizations that participate in the so-called People’s Summit.
The march convened by Fridays for Future, Alliance for Climate, Alliance for Climate Emergency, 2020 Rebellion for Climate, Summit of Peoples, Civil Society for Climate Action (SCAC) and Minga Indígena, toured the city of Madrid intoning slogans like “What do we want? Climate Justice. When do we want it? Now!” Or “Not one more degree, not one less species. At the same time, along the globe, replicas of the march took place in cities as far away as Paris or Santiago de Chile.
In a context in which the COP becomes a mere showcase of greenwashing for IBEX corporations, among which are some of the most polluting companies in the Spanish state —ENDESA is guilty, for example, of 9% of CO2 emissions—, and in the absence of measures and agreements, organized civil society took to the streets to show the great factual powers what the direction to follow is, in order to curb climate change and demand real action until achieving climate justice.
ECOAR))) was there and we were part of the various events that took place at the Social Climate Summit. Conferences took place at the Complutense University of Madrid such as: “Don’t hate the media. Be the media”, where groups such as Urbana or Indymedia briefly presented the history of the Indymedia citizen journalism project, going through the experiences of Seattle and Genoa, up to15M. A different talk, which focused on pointing out the hypocrisy of the transnational sponsors of COP25, was entitled “IBEX sponsors climate change”, hand in hand in this case of the Observatory of multinationals in Latin America, Corporate Europe Observatory and Ecologists in Action. Others focused more on the analysis of specific situations, such as forced migration, or the context in the United Kingdom in order to organize the response to COP26, which will take place in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
At seven in the afternoon the Plenary Assembly took place, where we caught up to everything that will happen on this second day of the summit. In it we could hear very diverse voices from all parts of the globe, which gave us different approaches and sensitivities of a problem of a global scale. Finally, after the concerts that served to liven up the end of the day —by Birch, De Mar a Mar and Swing Disorder—, ECOAR))) activists we moved to the outskirts of Nuevos Ministerios to paste 7 posters simulating a highway directed to the ecological collapse in 11 years, and an exit towards the climatic justice that has to be now! We will continue to inform, and we will see what the conclusions are in the coming days. Stay tuned !