A Deafening Silence That Speaks The Truth

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

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

On ne lâche pas – The Red Climate Dot

We are living in a climate-changed world. At a one degree average temperature increase, our planet has already been pushed to the limit, and communities across the globe are feeling the harsh impacts. It is the those who are least responsible for this crisis that are being dealt the strongest blows. Climate change is no … Continue reading

Thanks, but no thanks.

Today I witnessed an inspiring action at COP 18. Youth from YOUNGO, which is the official United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change youth constituency, staged an action in the middle of the conference hall at 2:30pm. They rolled out a banner that read, “thanks.” Each member of the team stood around the banner in … Continue reading

Will this be your climate legacy?

Today I stood with youth from around the world to send a strong message to COP 18 delegates at the UNFCCC that climate change impacts are real. We formed a line beside the “moving sidewalks” near the main entrance of the conference centre. We stood there in silence. Each one of us held up a … Continue reading