CYD releases report on Canada’s failure to meet international commitment

The CYD-DJC is releasing the report Commitment Issues: Tar sands extraction invalidates Canada’s obligations to the UNFCCC and undermines global climate change negotiations. This  technical report details the role of Canada’s tar sands in ensuring the nation’s failure to meet international climate commitments. It calls for a moratorium on new tar sands to developments, as … 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

Stories and symbolism: our climate legacy

photos by Megan Van Buskirk By working together on collective messaging, global youth have been successful in connecting personal stories of climate change impacts with strong symbolism. Through creative action we, the youth at COP18, reminded negotiators of the immediacy in which we need tangible solutions to climate change. Climate change isn’t something that is … Continue reading

Lessons in Eloquence

by Kira Lamont There’s a funny story from when I was young, and it goes as such: when U.S. president Eisenhower was forced to decide whether or not to choose Richard Nixon as his vice presidential running mate, he couldn’t seem to make up his mind. As time went by, Nixon grew impatient and decided … 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

Nuclear, Tar Sands, and Our Future: Making The Connections

by Megan Van Buskirk Youth are often at the forefront of the environmental movement. While it is vital to remember that the cure to the climate crisis is intergenerational support systems, it is the reality that the youth of today comprise the generation that will suffer from the consequences of today’s decisions. Power Shift 2012 will … Continue reading