The People’s Summit has been created to centre and amplify the voices of the most marginalised, of those hit hardest by climate change, and of the people resisting and organising for change. The summit brings together movements from across the world to discuss, learn and strategise for system change together from the ground up.
On the first day, we hosted 43 in-person events and 19 digital events, from film screenings to panel discussions and workshops, as well as providing numerous spaces and opportunities dedicated to well-being for those on the ground here in Glasgow.
Highlights included an event putting the COP process on trial: The People vs the UNFCCC: a people’s tribunal on the United Nations Framework Convention in Climate Change. Panelists included Lumumba Di-Aping, former chief negotiator for G77 and China countries, and Pablo Solón, former chief negotiator for Bolivia. Over 40 children came along to the family sessions, and the Theatre of the Oppressed Performance ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ by Glasgow migrant-justice group MORE (Migrants Organising for Rights & Empowerment) was met with standing ovations.
Yesterday’s highlights included a celebration of the life of legendary Australian Jack Mundey, union leader and environmental activist, and of his strategic, political brilliance in leading the Green Bans movement. An international panel with trade unionists discussed fighting for a just transition and organising around unions, new industries, class, green jobs, retrofits and neoliberal climate schemes. Meanwhile, the Our Time is Now event brought together speakers from across our global movements. Other popular sessions included Uproot the cis-tem: queer ecology as climate justice, Defending old growth forests: Indigenous rights & land titles, and Occupations and Autonomous Zones on the front line of the climate crisis.
People’s Summit programme coordinator Jana Ahlers said:
“To rewire the system, you have to understand it. To deliver justice, you have to guarantee that all people are around the table. As world leaders meet to decide who will be sacrificed, who will escape and who will make a profit from this crisis, the People’s Summit brings together Indigenous peoples, bus drivers, filmmakers, refugees, pilots, farmers, feminists, forest dwellers, artists, doctors, anti-racists and climate justice activists to create a convergence space which centres on those excluded from COP26, makes the connections between all our struggles and shows that we the people already have all the solutions to this crisis.”
See the full programme including the online digital programme