September 2012: Getting Action on Climate

Dear Friends,

The Democracy Center Newsletter’s summer break is over; we are back and we’ve been busy. In this issue we bring you a set of important new projects that we are rolling out the door today! This includes a profile series of citizen action campaigns on climate around the world and a new video featuring young voices from Bolivia. We also have reports from our participation in the Rio+20 UN conference in June. As always, thank you for your interest and please help us spread the word by sharing this issue of the Newsletter and these projects with your friends, family and colleagues. 

Jim Shultz
The Democracy Center

Getting Action on Climate: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Campaigns that are Winning Battles Across the World

The current money-laden election season in the U.S. reminds us that after the millions of dollars worth of advertising disappears from the screen, what happens next will depend more than ever on smart, strategic citizen activism. On no issue is that more crucial than in the fight for meaningful action on the climate change crisis. Today the Democracy Center publishes “Getting Action On Climate: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Campaigns that are Winning Battles Across the World.”

Much has been written about the threats of the climate crisis and what, in an ideal political world, we should do about it. But how do we actually win political action on the climate crisis? Through profiles of seven important climate-related campaigns, from California to Kosovo, we offer an in-depth look at the strategies and tactics that citizen activists across nations are using to fight and win major battles against some of the most powerful interests on Earth. Whether you are a campaigner on climate or other environmental or social justice issues, you will find insight here in abundance. Read more about the project on the profiles main page or click on any of the links below to read the individual profiles in full:

Working with Young Activists in Bolivia: A New Video About Life with Climate Change at Ground Zero

The Democracy Center is also very proud to bring you this creative and inspiring new video on climate change that a group of young Bolivians (ages 11-19) recently produced with our help. During a workshop in Cochabamba the group presented, with humor and imagination, the story of what climate change means at ground zero. The seven-minute video is great to share with young people you know as well as with schools, teachers and others working with young people in your own community (and it’s also available in Spanish).

The Democracy Center at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development

In June the Democracy Center team traveled to Brazil for the Rio+20 UN global conference on sustainable development. We were participants in both the official summit and also the Peoples’ Assembly organized by social movements from across the world.  You can read Jim Shultz’s article on “The Battle Over Green Economics” in Salon Magazine and his interview with the Christian Science Monitor on the outcome of the conference.  Democracy Center Associate Kylie also wrote this excellent analysis: Rio+20: Asking Hard Questions in the Marvelous City.

Would you like to work with us in Bolivia?

The Democracy Center is currently receiving applications for a volunteer position at our Bolivia office.  We are looking for committed people to join the staff for a minimum of six months to work on a variety of projects. This position will have a focus on communications support. For more information and to apply, visit the volunteer pages on our site.

Other Projects from the Democracy Center on Climate and Citizen Activism

Climate Change is About…Water / Cambio Climático es…Hablar de Agua

Beating Goliath: A Resource for Corporate Campaigners

Off the Market: Bolivian Forests and Struggles over Climate Change

A Visit to the Cemetery of Glaciers (video)

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