the 3rd of december

Just some of the powerful images coming from #durban #cop17

#cop17 puppets in rally



Civil society assembly on December 1 to discuss Global Day of Action at COP 17

Please join the C17 (South African civil society coordinating committee for COP 17) on December 1 from 11h00 to 14h00 for a general assembly, open to everyone, to discuss the Global Day of Action.

The meeting will take place at The People’s Space at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College campus, in Rick Turner Hall.


• Welcome and purpose of the meeting: Siziwe Khanyile (groundWork)
• Global Day of Action: plan/logistics/route/speakers: Des D’Sa (SDCEA)
• Closing: Melita Steele (Greenpeace Africa)
• Opportunity to make banners for the march

Dec03 is the day of Global Action, a unified show of support around the world, and Durban will be in the center of the World’s media Lens. there is a march planned for the 031 streets and this is the chance to mobilize and occupy our communal spaces. Opportunities will exist for us to learn from campaigning experts on how to occupy space, conduct ourselves according to non-violent demonstration ideals, and also for us to broadcast ur message to the world at large.


Global Day of Action

The Global Day of Action (GDA) is a traditional and important event at UNFCCC COPs. The primary action is a mass march of international and national community, labour, women, youth, academic, religious and environmental organisations and activists. It demonstrates civil society’s common determination to address climate change.

GDA 2011

This year’s Global Day of Action will take place on Saturday, 3 December, and is an opportunity to demonstrate to governments around the world people’s common determination to prevent catastrophic climate change. C17 will mark the day by coordinating a non-violent mass march in Durban that welcomes all interested civil society organisations wanting to participate.

The march will demonstrate that addressing climate change is as urgent for the people of Africa as for those of the North. Behind a common lead banner, it will combine the diversity of formations and opinions within civil society. Organisations participating in the march will define and display their own messaging.

Participants are asked to gather from 09h00. The march will begin at 10h30.

Spirit building

C17 is calling for performers to participate in the march. Musicians and dancers from various South African traditions and street performers will be invited to integrate their performances into the march to add flair and colour to the event. Good public speakers will rally participants at key points in the march, especially at the start, and basic wayside stages may be provided for speakers and performers.

The Route

This Saturday, The Global Day of Action March happens right here in Poison City. DurbanKnights are prompted to join this revolutionary mass movement, which will abide by the principles of Ubuntu and Satyagraha.


By Public Transport

if you are using public transport, you need to ask to get to Christian Center. Everyone knows where that is, and right across from Christian Center is the starting point.

 By Car

If you are heading to the start from Glenwood, or the University or Florida Road, head towards Berea Road/ King Dinuzulu Road. PArking may be hard to find, as this is the transport hub for durban. My suggestion is to park somewhere else and bus/taxi in.

The City of Durban has been most unhelpful in negotiating the route, and finally, we have a route that has been approved.


The Starting Point is at the edge of the city. It is on the verge of the Warwick Triangle, right next to Christian Center and the DUT. The site is a grass patch with a statue of the King standing on what seems to be a dome. click here to check out the Street View,24.7&sspn=22.578099,39.506836&vpsrc=6&ie=UTF8&hnear=Julius%20Nyerere%20St,%20Greyville,%20Berea,%20Durban%20Metro,%20KwaZulu-Natal%204001&ll=-29.860416,31.00997&spn=0.001375,0.002411&t=m&z=14&layer=c&cbll=-29.86038,31.009976&panoid=JWr17Sxjef9aEwnvGhQseQ&cbp=12,184.35,,0,0&output=svembed
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The March will head to the ICC, where a memorandum will be handed on, and finally the march will head to the beach and terminate.

Pausing at the entrance to the ICC at about 13:00, speakers will present short speeches, before statements gathered from participating groups and organisations are collectively handed over to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. Speakers will includeZwelinzima Vavi (representing labour), Ninmmo Bassy (representing Africa), Bishop Davies representing faith communities, Aluwani Nemukula representing youth andConstance Mogale representing women.


The end point is listed as corner of OR Tambo parade and KE Masinga. In old street names, this is the corner of Old Fort Road and Marine Parade. The GDA should terminate at 2pm

check the following media links to stay in touch:


The GDA march will end with a concert on the beach. Watch


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