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

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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

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

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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

Post-PowerShift 2012 thoughts from a Prairie Organizer

by Karen Rooney One of my recurrent themes as an organizing member of PowerShift 2012 has been how to engage, involve and empower folks from Western Canada to participate in a meaningful way. While I feel this goal has been somewhat accomplished, I know there is a long road ahead of us when it comes … Continue reading

To all the skeptics

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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

People Rising Up at COP17!

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By Karen Rooney As I am writing this youth and civil society from around the world are storming the halls of the International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa. This is the voice of the people. It can’t be stopped and it can’t be deafened any longer. People are tired of empty promises and tired … Continue reading