CYD Stands in Solidarity with Arab Youth Climate Movement

Last week, in an “intergenerational inquiry” event hosted by the UNFCCC, Mary Robinson, former Prime Minister of Ireland, Desina Williams representative from Grenada, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on youth to get angry, mobilize and use their voices to demand the future they need. Figueres said multiple times that the UNFCCC is not … 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

Corporate Control & the Profitability of “Consent”

What do Pinehouse, Saskatchewan and COP18 in Doha, Qatar have in common? They are both under siege by some of the wealthiest extractive corporations in the world.  At the UN climate negotiations the Chairman of Qatar Petroleum presides over COP18, while CEO’s and other higher-ups of corporations such as Shell, Exxon and others freely wander … Continue reading

We’re not just living on a finite planet; we’re living on a melting one.

Sound sensationalist? I wish. Today, a report presented at COP18 – Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost, for the curious – detailed the rapid and large-scale thawing of permafrost in the Arctic and what that means for the climate. Permafrost, for the uninitiated, is a layer of soil that has remained at 0 degrees Celsius for … Continue reading

From the Saskatchewan prairies to the Qatari desert – my journey to COP18

What's your #climatelegacy Canada?

I was fortunate enough to have been a member of last year’s Canadian Youth Delegation to COP17, which took place in Durban, South Africa. Having become increasingly aware of the impacts of climate change over the previous years, as well as Canada’s inaction in working towards any meaningful solutions, I nonetheless found myself incredibly shocked … Continue reading

Think Global. Act Local.

by Megan Van Buskirk Climate change is real. It’s happening. And I literally cannot think of a more pressing issue in our past, our present, or our future. That is why I am going to COP18 in Doha, Qatar. I live in Saskatchewan, where coal-fired power plants provide the energy for over half of our … Continue reading