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

Oil Saturation, Oil Infatuation: My Journey to COP18

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

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

Economic Shortsightedness of Pulling Out of the Kyoto Protocol

by Chris Bisson Last night Environment Minister Peter Kent reported that Canada would be pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol.  This disappointing announcement came under the guise of a Canadian economic crisis.  The statement that Canada needs fiscal austerity instead of the most basic and already existing climate policy is absurd considering that it is … Continue reading

Durban Climate Summit Saves Face at the Expense of Future Generations

the following is a statement from the Canadian Youth Delegation As the sun rose over Durban, youth from across Canada sat in the final plenary session of COP17 and watched through bleary, sleep deprived eyes as our futures were bargained away in the name of “good” diplomacy. Despite the fact that COP17 is being touted … Continue reading

Canada – COP17 UPDATE

by Ani and Chris UPDATE: 06:00 Thanks-you comments ensued 05:05am The formal meeting commenced with the purpose to pass all outstanding texts, notably the KP and LCA texts deferred to the COP/CMP. Amendment that the length of commitment period of for AWG-KP for the KP2 to be determined at next sitting of the group. Bolivia … Continue reading

“Talking Green, Walking Dirty”

By Karen Rooney This is first and foremost a response to the opinion piece (“Share the Climate Task”) published by Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment. The Government of Canada has repeatedly been one of the most obstructionist countries during the climate change negotiations here in Durban. Not only has Canada repeatedly stated it’s … Continue reading