News | COP 24 en Our Events in Katowice

Join us at COP24!

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is organizing different events in Katowice. Here, you can find our agenda.


Women for Climate Justice: local struggles, global actions

3 December | 13.30-14.45 | Workshop | Climate Hub

A space for local and grassroots activists to share their thoughts, experiences, feelings, and energies on why it is important for women to struggle together to solve the climate crisis, as well as to achieve climate justice. We will also...

More information...

...share the mapping of the body-land-territory methodology, which came out from the indigenous and communitarian feminisms of Latin America. The idea of the body-territory brings together the struggle for the territory-community and the struggle for the autonomy of the body, our first territory. We will think together how can this idea be used to struggle for climate justice.

Organized by:
Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia
GenderCC Southern Africa, South Africa
Critical Geography Collective, Ecuador

With the support of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Gender CC and LIFE


The Price to Pay for Lignite and How To Take Just Transition to The Next Level

3 December | 18.30-20.00 | Side Event | EU-Pavillon at COP24 | Room Vienna

This event will focus on the issue of just transition - a zero-carbon transition built on the principle of social justice. In the first part this complex concept will be illustrated with...

More information...

...stories of local communities affected by coal infrastructure. Speakers will present the recently published report "The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla”, which provides testimonies of the villagers living in Muğla, Turkey, who suffer health and environmental impacts of extracting and burning coal and analyses impacts of coal on people's health, socio-economic well being, and forest ecosystems. You will also hear from local citizens of Imielin, Poland, who oppose the expansion of the hard coal mine underneath their town.

In the second part we will take a closer look at the concept of Just Transition. If it is to contribute to greater equality and justice, Just Transition needs to promote rapid decarbonisation while protecting workers and their communities. It needs to challenge the inbuilt inequalities that exist between different social groups and move beyond a green growth agenda. This involves questioning power relations and considering intersectional issues, such as human rights, gender and the participation of indigenous and local communities. What kind of transition do we want? In the interests of whom? To what end?

Part I 18.30-19.15

Speakers:
Joanna Flisowska, Coal Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
Alicja Zdziechowicz, Zielony Imielin (Society of Green Imielin)
Ireneusz Górniok, Zielony Imielin (Society of Green Imielin)

Facilitation: CAN Europe

Part II 19.15-20.00

Speakers:
Catalina Caro Galvis (CENSAT-Friends of the Earth Colombia) – Just Transition from a global south perspective
Bridget Burns (WEDO)- Putting gender and climate justice at the forefront of Just Transition
Dunja Krause (UNRISD) - Translating Just Transition into policy

Facilitation: Nadja Charaby, Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung

TUED Roundtable: Analysis, Allies and Action

6 December | 13.00-17.00 | Hotel Focus Katowice Chorzów, Armii Krajowej 15, 41-506 Chorzów

More information...

Program Highlights

  • Energy and emissions trends, the IPCC’s Special Report, and the Need for a Transformative Transition
  • Discussion: TUED’s When “Green” Doesn’t “Grow” document
  • COP 24: Assessment of Trade Union Interventions
  • Regional and National Reports from TUED unions
  • Perspectives from Key Allies: TNI, FOEE, Transform Europe!

Register Here


Energy Democracy: Reclaiming Energy to Social Ownership and Full Democratic Control

7 December | 13.30-16.00 | Hotel Focus Katowice Chorzów, Armii Krajowej 15, 41-506 Chorzów

A roundtable of unions and allies advocating for “energy democracy.” The organizers believe social movements, unions, environmental justice and progressive policy groups need to come together...

Energy Democracy: Reclaiming Energy to Social Ownership and Full Democratic Control

9 December | 13.00-15.00 | Climate Hub

More information...

...in support of a new pro-public “reclaiming” of energy and climate policy, one that can establish the need for radical transformation; put decarbonization back on track, advance energy conservation, address energy poverty and inequality, and ensure a just transition for workers and communities.

We invite others who share our rejection of investor- and market-focused approaches to join us for a discussion on what energy democracy might mean in practice--for people, communities, countries, and continents.

Register here

The event is organized by
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED),  La Confederación de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA TUCA), Friends of the Earth Europe, transform Europe!, Transnational Institute (tni)


Do we need a Loss and Damage Fund? - Thinking out of the box for innovative and just finance tools for climate-induced loss and damage

9 December | 19.00-21.00 | Interactive Panel | Climate Hub

Climate change is no longer a future scenario. Its impacts are already visible and harming the most vulnerable people and communities. The Paris Agreement covers this challenge under Article 8 on Loss and Damage. Negotiations under...

More information...

...the responsible working mechanism, the WIM show how difficult it is to fully grasp what climate induced losses and damages are. Financial means and instruments that have been discussed so far do not seem to cover the full range of needs. By discussing the idea of initiating a Loss and Damage Fund this workshop will approach the field of loss and damage finance from a perspective of the most vulnerable communities and also by adding a perspective that applies a rights-based, gender-sensitive and justice approach.

The workshop shall also provide a forum that explores other innovative instruments to raise required funds supporting the financial needs related to loss and damage. The event dives deep and puts forward out of the box proposals into a topic that the Paris Agreement acknowledges as important, but where negotiations have by far, failed to provide clear guidance and resolution.

Sabine Minninger, Bread for the World
Tetet Lauron, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Md Shamsuddoha, Center for Participatory Research & Development-CPRD
Julie-Anne Richards, Climate Change Advocacy

Facilitation
Nadja Charaby, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung


A Just Transition to a 1.5 World – A Global Approach

10 December | 15.30-17.00 | Panel | Climate Hu

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we are facing today and early action is vital to mitigating the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. If we fail to develop our societies within the planetary boundaries...

More information...

... we will reach devastating tipping points from which there is no turning back. People who are already living in poverty today, but also future generations and nature itself would suffer tremendously. The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both underline the necessity of a transition toward a sustainable, zero-carbon future for all. The question highlighted by the IPCC 1.5 report is not whether we need this transition, or whether it will happen, but rather how we can achieve transformational change fast enough to keep the 1.5 goal of the Paris Agreement in reach.

How we manage this transition in the most socially sustainable way – mitigating the impacts on communities and workers both from climate change and climate policy - is the key question of a Just Transition on the global level. The necessary regional and sectoral transitions need to be inclusive and just, leaving no one behind. Even though there are challenges in all sectors such as the energy sector, transport, agriculture or finance, we should not only focus on the difficulties and risks, but more importantly on the time-limited but manifold opportunities to proactively shape the future of our societies and economies.

The panel discussion aims at debating the opportunities associated with a Just Transition from a global perspective. It also centers around the question of how to unite the different approaches to justice – from trade unions that rightfully insist that workers’ rights be respected, to development groups that rightfully stress the importance of rapidly eradicating poverty and protecting the most vulnerable from the climate impacts on their lives, communities and livelihoods, to environmental groups that rightfully underline the importance of respecting planetary boundaries. It will also show that it is essential to focus on the 1.5 degrees goal when talking about transition processes under the Paris Agreement and that it is possible and necessary to protect climate and communities, and also create decent jobs in a zero-carbon economy.

Panel Discussion: A Just Transition to a 1.5 World – Requirements and Opportunities

Joachim Fuenfgelt, Bread for the World
Jennifer Tollmann, E3G
Katja Voigt, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Manuela Matthess, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Gerry Arrances, CEED
Dunja Krause, UNRISD

Facilitation: Tetet Lauron, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

The above Panel Discussion is followed by a Panel Discussion with the audience (Fishbowl Style). That is: We add one more chair to the panel. Participants from the audience can take the seat for a short comment or for a question to the panelists.


From local approaches to (inter)national policy: Gender Just Transition and Decent Work

11 December | 11.30-13.00 | Side event COP24| room "Warmia"

Just Transition needs to promote rapid decarbonisation, challenge social inequalities and overcome a green growth agenda. We need to question...

More information...

... the predominant idea of work, power relations and consider intersectional issues (gender, human rights) and the participation of indigenous/local communities.

Avril De Torres, CEED
Patricia Bohland, GenderCC
Jaron Browne, Grassroots Global Justice
Dunja Krause, UNRISD

Facilitation
Nadja Charaby, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung


Talk show: Do we need a Loss and Damage Fund? - Thinking out of the box for innovative and just finance tools for climate-induced loss and damage

13 December | 10.00-11.00 | Interactive Talk | German Pavillon at COP24

Climate change is no longer a future scenario. Its impacts are already visible and harming the most vulnerable people and communities. The Paris Agreement covers...

More information...

...this challenge under Article 8 on Loss and Damage. Negotiations under the responsible working mechanism, the WIM show how difficult it is to fully grasp what climate induced losses and damages are. Financial means and instruments that have been discussed so far do not seem to cover the full range of needs. By discussing the idea of initiating a Loss and Damage Fund this workshop will approach the field of loss and damage finance from a perspective of the most vulnerable communities and also by adding a perspective that applies a rights-based, gender-sensitive and justice approach. The workshop shall also provide a forum that explores other innovative instruments to raise required funds supporting the financial needs related to loss and damage.

The side event dives deep and puts forward out of the box proposals into a topic that the Paris Agreement acknowledges as important, but where negotiations have by far, failed to provide clear guidance and resolution.

Sabine Minninger, Bread for the World
Tetet Lauron, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Md Shamsuddoha, Center for Participatory Research & Development-CPRD
Lorenz Gösta Beutin, member of the German parliament


Facilitation
Nadja Charaby, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung


Climate Justice Sit-in: A participative discussion on energy democracy

13 December | 13.00-15.00 | Roundtable | Climate Hub

The aim of this event is to bring together climate justice activists, researchers and representatives of NGOs from the Global South with the international and local public in Katowice in order to hold a discussion on energy democracy. Energy has the power to transform people’s lives. Access to energy can grant...

More information...

...autonomy to marginalized groups that had been previously resigned to a dependent relationship to corporations for their needs. As we gear for a COP that negotiates the rulebook to the Paris Agreement, it is imperative to ask how and if social justice will be used as a framework in dealing with issues concerning energy.

In this light, we will conduct a participative roundtable discussion with our energy democracy experts and delegates from the Global South. We will engage the audience at the Climate Hub by opening the event with a Trump Cards game demonstration. This Trump Card game features 36 coal-fired power plants in Indonesia. With this, we want to highlight the harm and injustice being caused by Global North corporations through investments in coal – a sunset industry that continues to thrive in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

Following the card game, representatives from the Global South will engage with participants in smaller sit-ins to present their work and projects towards a democratic transformation of the energy sector in their respective countries and contexts. Each group will then formulate up to three core ideas or demands about what energy democracy means to them and how a joint narrative between the Global South and the Global North can be built up towards climate justice. Of course, you can take away your Trump Cards afterwards!.