Climate Convergence Workshops Featuring Liberty Tree Board and Staff

September 19, 2014

The upcoming Climate Convergence conference in NYC from September 19th-20th will feature over 100 incredible workshops, teach-ins, grassroots training, panels, artistic spaces, community empowerment sessions and more! 

In addition to organizing this historic event through its Global Climate Convergence Project, Liberty Tree staff, board members, and volunteers will be leading and participating in many of the conference sessions.  Some highlights include:

Friday Evening Opening Climate Convergence Plenary

Friday, September 19th at 7pm at Saint Peter's Church - 619 Lexington Avenue New York, NY

Speakers include: Liberty Tree Board Member Jill Stein (who will be moderating) along with:

Oscar Olivera -- Bolivian water rights activist
Josua Mata -- Philippine trade unionist leader
Erica Violet Lee -- Idle No More
Immortal Technique -- Revolutionary hip-hop legend
Anne Petermann -- Global Justice Ecology Project
Nastaran Mohit -- New York City labor and environmental activist

The Climate Crisis is a Democracy Crisis: Why We Need a Democratic Revolution in the U.S.

Saturday September 20th at 9am at Sixth Street Community Center - 638 E. 6th St. #4 New York, NY

In almost every sector of our society—from the economy to the political and legal systems to the media — small groups of powerful individuals and corporations make the real decisions. The climate crisis is an outgrowth of this fundamentally undemocratic system, and so to build a new kind of ecological future we must first build a movement for genuine democracy in our schools, our workplaces, our communities, our economies, and our government. In this session panelists will discuss the important work happening across the country in many areas of the democracy movement and how it relates directly to both understanding and solving the climate catastrophe.

Speakers include: Liberty Tree National Director Adam Porton and board members George Martin and Suren Moodliar along with Virginia Rasmussen

A Global Climate Strike: What will it take?

Saturday, September 20th at 2:15pm at Saint Mark's Church - 131 E. 10th St. New York, NY

What will it take to prepare, instigate, and carry through a successful Global Climate Strike involving workers, youth, farmers, the unemployed, and frontline communities? What would be the goals of such a strike action, and would such a strike prove worthwhile? This roundtable discussion will address these and other questions, and is intended to influence the course of climate action in the coming year.

Speakers include: Liberty Tree board members Jill Stein, Victor Wallis, Leland Pan, and Ben Manski along with Kevin Zeese, Alnoor Ladha, and Cheri Honkala

Green and Red: Nature Bats Last

Saturday, September 20th at 12:30pm at Saint Mark's Church - 131 E. 10th St. New York, NY

Green is the life's blood of the plant world, on which all life relies. Red is the life's blood of working people, the source of economic wealth and power in our civilization. Although green politics and red politics are intimately connected and always have been, the two political traditions are today seen as distinct and sometimes contradictory. How do we build social movements that act on the understanding that the exploitation of human nature and the exploitation of wild nature are part of the same process?

Speakers include: Liberty Tree board member Ben Manski along with Cheri Honkala, Art Shegonee, Howie Hawkins, and Gloria Mattera

For the full conference schedule please click here

To register for the Convergence click here