CYD Stands in Solidarity with Arab Youth Climate Movement

Last week, in an “intergenerational inquiry” event hosted by the UNFCCC, Mary Robinson, former Prime Minister of Ireland, Desina Williams representative from Grenada, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on youth to get angry, mobilize and use their voices to demand the future they need. Figueres said multiple times that the UNFCCC is not … Continue reading

Stories and symbolism: our climate legacy

photos by Megan Van Buskirk By working together on collective messaging, global youth have been successful in connecting personal stories of climate change impacts with strong symbolism. Through creative action we, the youth at COP18, reminded negotiators of the immediacy in which we need tangible solutions to climate change. Climate change isn’t something that is … Continue reading

Why We Turned Our Backs on the Canadian Government

By: Sonia Grant, James Hutt, Matthew Chisholm, Brigette Depape, Meghan McCarthy, and Karen Rooney “What’s your excuse?” an angry UN security guard asked us when we were being detained in the dark bowels of the Durban International Convention Centre. We remained silent. We restrained ourselves from pointing out that if anyone needs to be issuing … Continue reading

Welcome to COP17 Peter Kent!

By Karen Rooney It should be no surprise to you by now, dear readers, that the Canadian agenda in COP17 has been dictated by polluting industries and tar sands lobbyists. So if I were to tell you that Peter Kent started his stay in Durban with a bang yesterday, when he announced that Canada would … Continue reading

The Real Threat In Durban – Corporations Occupying the UNFCCC

By Sonia Grant Is that the incredible hulk?! Yes, the thought actually crossed my mind before I realized that the figure approaching was just a police officer wearing so much body armor that I initially didn’t recognize his human silhouette. He was coming to join the 50 or so of his fellow officers already surrounding … Continue reading

Look Beyond The Label

By Karen Rooney You don’t have to be an environmentalist to understand that the earth around us is changing. You can see it, feel it and live it everyday. You see it in the news – floods, droughts and storms. You feel in the weather…. above zero temperatures in what used to be a cold … Continue reading

Amandla! Awethu! – Experiences of solidarity in South Africa

By Karen Rooney We are four days into the 17th Conference of Parties (COP) and I have already learned the truth in Margaret Mead’s famous quote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Around the world, people are pushing back … Continue reading