A Deafening Silence That Speaks The Truth

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Today, two youth from the Arab Youth Climate Movement stood silently holding a banner asking the question “Qatar, why host, not lead?” For this devious act, they were de-badged, escorted out by UNFCCC security and promptly deported from the country. This, coming on the heels of multiple calls to action from the UNFCCC Executive Secretary … 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

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

From My Community to Yours: The Climate Impacts of COP18

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While many families across the country settled in for dinner and the evening news, I heard the roar of a chainsaw and the clanging of a ladder as my family reassembled our front yard after Hurricane Leslie hit my island, Newfoundland while it sat quiet and vulnerable in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of settling in … Continue reading

We’re not just living on a finite planet; we’re living on a melting one.

Sound sensationalist? I wish. Today, a report presented at COP18 – Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost, for the curious – detailed the rapid and large-scale thawing of permafrost in the Arctic and what that means for the climate. Permafrost, for the uninitiated, is a layer of soil that has remained at 0 degrees Celsius for … Continue reading