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

Reflections on Political Representation, Climate Change and Youth Participation

Climate change does not respect geopolitical boundaries or subdivisions; it affects us all in different ways, and with different intensity. In this sense, forms of political representation based on territoriality are not sufficient to address climate change because of its global nature.  Although affected communities in the global south bear the greatest burden of climate … Continue reading

Apply to be a Wings of Change Workshop Facilitator

We are looking for engaged, enthusiastic facilitators in communities across Atlantic Canada to deliver the Wings of Change climate education workshop to Canadian youth this spring. **Not in Atlantic Canada? Stay tuned, we’re expanding.. You’ll be on the front lines of a growing climate movement, bringing a for-youth, by-youth perspective on the science and the … 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

To all the skeptics

By Karen Rooney To all the skeptics. You might think that jetting halfway across the world to attend a conference on climate change is a little offensive. Well, I think that having a government who ignores me and jeopardizes my future is offensive. I think I have a duty to hold my government to account … Continue reading

Durban’s Bisasar Dump; Using race and class to make a profit

by Karen Rooney The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is marketed as a way for developing countries to counter their emissions by investing in emissions reduction projects around the world – wherever it is the cheapest. Beyond the fact that this system allows polluting countries to ignore the problems at home and “deal with” the problem … Continue reading