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

Climate Change Negotiations in a Petroleum State

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

Reflections on PowerShift 2012: The Opportunity to Build a Multi-Issue Movement

By Peggy Lam One of my favourite moments at PowerShift 2012 was attending the panel which spoke of “Building a Multi-Issue Movement for Climate Justice.” Among the list of insightful and experienced panelists (such as Clayton-Thomas Muller, Sarah-Jayne King, and Dave Bleakney) was Harsha Walia, a deeply respected local organizer based in Vancouver, who blew my … Continue reading

The International Carbon Casino: Putting the Biosphere Up as Collateral

Halfway through COP17 and one critical point of contention has yet to be resolved: the role of market mechanisms in financing and facilitating climate solutions.  This factor is absolutely essential in determining the future of the Earth’s biosphere.  What I am arguing is that possibly a worse outcome than the entire UNFCCC process collapsing, would … Continue reading

Capitalism is the Cause of Climate Change

by Chris Bisson Yesterday I attended a march for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. The atmosphere was lively as thousands of protesters (estimated at 6,500) demonstrated against the failure of parties to negotiate fair and ambitious solutions to the current climate crisis. As the global working class filled the streets of Durban … 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