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

Pontificating about wildness from an artificial lawn in the desert

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I am a biologist. Whenever possible, I am found in the woods, making sure that I know each plant, bird, and tree by name. Since I was young, I have been going on canoe trips and spending summers at my parents’ log cabin by a lake. I was happiest when carrying my food on my … 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

“Talking Green, Walking Dirty”

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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

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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

Suspense and Suspension

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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

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