Where the battle stands, and what YOU can do right now

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COP18 is stretching into overtime, and it’s becoming a bitter battle. Wealthy nations and the poorer countries, bearing the brunt of climate impacts, are at loggerheads over who will shoulder the financial burden of climate change. The text on the table is being opposed by many. The issue at hand is finance. Developed countries committed … Continue reading

Podcast 6: COP Heats Up

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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

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

Podcast 5: Standing in Solidarity with the Philippines

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As a typhoon sweeps across the Philippines, there was an action organized today in solidarity with the Philippines delegation who are urging for more climate action. This podcast features snippets of the action and interviews with Mary Ann Lucille Sering, minister of the Climate Change Commission from the Philippines, as well as the Vice-Minister for climate change … Continue reading

COP18 Lacks Energy and Ambition (Unless You Count Ambitious Dirty Energy Corporations)

by Meghan McCarthy It often feels ironic to have these climate negotiations in a desert. Everything is a funny, dirty shade of yellow. You come home feeling dusty, hazy, with the overwhelming desire to wash the contents of the day off your body and mind. Generally devoid of greenery, wildlife, and colour, this desert is … 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

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