Canada scrapes bottom at international negotiations

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Canadians are apologetic people. Yet, navigating the halls of the COP18 climate negotiations as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD), the “sorry”s I gave weren’t stereotypical Canuck politeness. Instead, they were apologies of shame for the inaction of our government when it comes to tackling the unprecedented issue of climate change. Yesterday, the CYD released a technical report detailing … 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

Early Impressions of COP18

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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

Oil Saturation, Oil Infatuation: My Journey to COP18

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There is Alberta, and then there is Newfoundland. When it comes to an infatuation with oil, there are no two provinces more smitten with the fossil fuel industry. As a child growing up in Newfoundland, oil saturated our politics, economy, and started to seep into our notoriously unique and resilient culture. Historically, Newfoundland’s main industry … Continue reading

Canada’s first first-place fossil for financial failure

Cross-posted at itstheecologystupid. Yesterday, Canada received the ‘honour’ of a first-place Fossil of the Day (the award is given for bad performance during the negotiations). Though not our first Fossil in Doha, it is our first time owning the top of the podium all to ourselves at COP18. What did we do this time? In 2012, the Fast … Continue reading

Stories and symbolism: our climate legacy

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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

Climate Change Negotiations in a Petroleum State

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A hot topic right now involves a global scrutiny of COP18’s host country, Qatar. For example, Qatar has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions. Qataris also have the highest ecological footprints. Thirdly, Qatar has the third largest natural gas reserves on the planet, and is one of the world’s main exporters of liquefied natural … Continue reading