Podcast 6: COP Heats Up

Things get intense as civil society demands action from Canadian Environment Minister, as well as from all negotiators. Check this out to hear about the CYD’s meeting with the Environment Minister, as well as a mass mobilized action that occurred this afternoon. “How many typhoons will it take? How many hurricanes, how many floods, how … Continue reading

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

Canada scrapes bottom at international negotiations

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

Pontificating about wildness from an artificial lawn in the desert

I am a biologist. Whenever possible, I am found in the woods, making sure that I know each plant, bird, and tree by name. Since I was young, I have been going on canoe trips and spending summers at my parents’ log cabin by a lake. I was happiest when carrying my food on my … Continue reading

Encyclopedia Nadia

By Nadia Kanji Sometimes my friends joke around and say that I was born in a red flag, but I think more than that, I was brought up to question everything, and never, never, to conform without thinking twice. I remember visiting India at a young age, perplexed by the poverty that surrounded me. Perhaps … 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