Protesters Forcefully Ejected from COP21 “Solutions 21” Opening Event

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Paris: Solutions 21, an exhibition of corporate “solutions” to climate change, began Friday December 4 at Le Grand Palais. Toxic Tour protesters disrupted the opening with a direct action to denounce the corporate sponsors of the event. They were forcibly removed by police. Police also attempted to censor journalists who were covering the protest. One journalist from New Internationalist Magazine was physically removed by police.

Undercover police crack down on freedom of speech in ParisYesterday undercover police cracked down on anyone questioning the sponsors of a corporate “Solutions 21” event in Paris.The action was supported by Corporate Europe Observatory, Les Amis de la Terre France, Attac France (Officiel), Climate Justice Action, JEDIs, Solidaire and Friends of the Earth France. Kandi Mossett from the Indigenous Environmental Network spoke at the event.For more grassroots coverage from Paris: www.newint.org/live/parisRead the truth about corporate influence at COP21: www.goo.gl/8eAZFD

Posted by New Internationalist Magazine on Saturday, December 5, 2015

Many events and demonstrations had been planned for the UN Climate Conference in Paris but were cancelled after the Paris attacks. A protest on December 4 at the opening of Solutions 21 to denounce corporate influence on the climate talks was ejected and censored, silencing public dissent.

The action was supported by Corporate Europe Observatory, Les Amis de la Terre France, Attac France (Officiel), Climate Justice Action, JEDIs, Solidaire and Friends of the Earth France. Kandi Mossett from the Indigenous Environmental Network spoke at the event.

“Paris: action to denounce the multinationals responsible for the climate crisis and their greenwashing #SolutionsCOP21”

Once activists were inside the event they were forcibly removed by undercover police.

Protesters called the Solutions 21 event a “corporate greenwashing exercise” and denounced their removal from the event as clear censorship of civil society. Corporate organizations pay up to 250,000 euros to have a stand in the Solutions 21 event. Activists called out the hypocrisy of the event sponsors who actively contribute to climate change then pay big money for political influence and claim to be part of the solution.

VIDEO: FALSE SOLUTIONS 21: “POLICE STOP PEOPLE SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER!”

A guide to lobbying and greenwashing around the UN climate talks was released November 25. The guide highlights the corporate influence over the UN talks. It provides a map of lobbying hotspots and key climate criminals and details corporate sponsors of COP21 which include companies who support the coal and fracking industries.

These companies have dodgy records when it comes to people and the planet. Their greenwashing activities, and their lobbying for false solutions that enable them to continue profiting from polluting, demonstrate beyond a doubt that they should not be tolerated as sponsors for the climate talks. The vested interests of big business and dirty industry are directly opposed to the goals of an ambitious and just climate deal. Graphic: Lobby Planet Paris

These companies have dodgy records when it comes to people and the planet. Their greenwashing activities, and their lobbying for false solutions that enable them to continue profiting from polluting, demonstrate beyond a doubt that they should not be tolerated as sponsors for the climate talks. The vested interests of big business and dirty industry are directly opposed to the goals of an ambitious and just climate deal.
Graphic: Lobby Planet Paris

“From fossil fuels to finance or industrial agriculture, ‘Lobby Planet Paris’ maps the big corporations, lobby groups and trade associations that are trying hard to capture the climate talks and maintain business as usual, with the help of many governments and international institutions.” – Corporate Europe Observatory

Read the full 36 page PDF “Lobby Planet Paris” guide here

Sources:
New Internationalist Magazine
Corporate Europe Observatory
Lobby Planet Paris (PDF)

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