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

Suspense and Suspension

by Chris Bisson There is such a profound surrealism to tonight.  Waiting in silent halls in the middle of the night for the world’s most powerful people to determine the future of humanity feels like one is an ant atop a raging freight train.  The Earth literally hangs in the balance.  The fallibility of humans … Continue reading

Why We Turned Our Backs on the Canadian Government

By: Sonia Grant, James Hutt, Matthew Chisholm, Brigette Depape, Meghan McCarthy, and Karen Rooney “What’s your excuse?” an angry UN security guard asked us when we were being detained in the dark bowels of the Durban International Convention Centre. We remained silent. We restrained ourselves from pointing out that if anyone needs to be issuing … Continue reading

What is democracy if you can’t speak out?

By Robin Tress This morning, in a briefing with the Canadian Delegation, Malkolm asked an (apparently) very difficult question. He asked, “Guy, can you look me in the eye and tell me that you are negotiating in good faith on behalf of my future?” Deputy Minister of the Environment Paul Hood literally jumped at the … Continue reading