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

Oil Saturation, Oil Infatuation: My Journey to COP18

There is Alberta, and then there is Newfoundland. When it comes to an infatuation with oil, there are no two provinces more smitten with the fossil fuel industry. As a child growing up in Newfoundland, oil saturated our politics, economy, and started to seep into our notoriously unique and resilient culture. Historically, Newfoundland’s main industry … 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

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

Slick Uniforms to Suit Canada’s Oily Negotiating Style

Full press release available here. By Cameron Fenton And we’re off…again. The 17th round of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks started up today in Durban where even the most optimistic predictions are pretty dismal. Around the globe, skepticism over the potential for the creation of a global climate accord that would ensure and enforce … Continue reading

Tar Sands-Hurting Canadians From Coast to Coast to Coast

By Kaleigh McGregor-Bales The Tar Sands and oil pipelines have become Canadian icons.  Just like Wayne Gretzky, maple syrup and the beaver, the fossil fuel industry is shaping our identity at home and abroad. Today, delegates at COP17 were greeted by cheerful Canadian Welcome Committee that handed out samples of Tar Sands on behalf of … Continue reading