Climate Silence Sentences the World to Climate Violence

By Meghan McCarthy As a young woman coming to Qatar, I was told that despite the reservations I might have, this country was one of the safest in the world. With strict laws and low crime rates, there was a very low likelihood that harm would come to me or other women on my delegation. … Continue reading

Signs of Solidarity in a Desert Barren of Compassion

Four days ago, Doha held its first ever civil society march for climate justice.  The night before, I was able to attend the Middle East premiere of Amy Miller’s powerful documentary “The Carbon Rush”. This past weekend was literally the first time throughout the course of COP18 where I have felt a strong sense of … Continue reading

COP18 Lacks Energy and Ambition (Unless You Count Ambitious Dirty Energy Corporations)

by Meghan McCarthy It often feels ironic to have these climate negotiations in a desert. Everything is a funny, dirty shade of yellow. You come home feeling dusty, hazy, with the overwhelming desire to wash the contents of the day off your body and mind. Generally devoid of greenery, wildlife, and colour, this desert is … Continue reading

My reasons for being a part of the CYD

This year, I was lucky enough to be selected to be a part of the Canadian Youth Delegation, a united front of ten youth across Canada who are attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and COP 18, in Doha, Qatar. As we’re heading into the second week of COP 18 and … Continue reading

Early Impressions of COP18

You might think this will be a pretty short blog since myself and another CYD member were only able to attain our accreditation today. You see, the two of us found out Sunday that we were not allowed on UN premises because of our participation in the “Turn Your Back On Canada” action in Durban, … Continue reading

Lessons in Eloquence

by Kira Lamont There’s a funny story from when I was young, and it goes as such: when U.S. president Eisenhower was forced to decide whether or not to choose Richard Nixon as his vice presidential running mate, he couldn’t seem to make up his mind. As time went by, Nixon grew impatient and decided … Continue reading

From the Saskatchewan prairies to the Qatari desert – my journey to COP18

What's your #climatelegacy Canada?

I was fortunate enough to have been a member of last year’s Canadian Youth Delegation to COP17, which took place in Durban, South Africa. Having become increasingly aware of the impacts of climate change over the previous years, as well as Canada’s inaction in working towards any meaningful solutions, I nonetheless found myself incredibly shocked … Continue reading