As the United Nations climate talks in Paris near their end, global activists on Thursday said people power needs to step in where governments are failing while announcing plans for upcoming mass mobilizations that aim to "keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy."
LE BOURGET, France — It’s not easy being a climate skeptic in Paris these days.
Even countries where climate change doubters traditionally sat in the upper echelons of government — Canada, Australia, the United States, Russia — diplomats have moved beyond questioning global warming to debating what, and how much, to do about it.
...And through it, we are piecing together how trade agreements such as the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are getting in the way of climate action.
Trade agreements affect how we choose our energy; how much power our states have to make laws to protect the environment; how much input oil and mining companies have in determining our regulations; and whether the food we eat comes from a large-scale, pesticide-ridden factory farm or from a local family farm.
As the COP21 climate negotiations go down to the wire in Paris tonight, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said the talks have been the most complicated and difficult he has ever been involved in.
As the diplomats and politicians from 200 nations fight over the text word by word and line by line, it is increasingly clear there are serious flaws to any agreement.
I am so very blessed. My Father surrounds me with so much love. His creation is so very beautiful. I am thankful for the blue sky on a warm morning, fresh snow on a winter’s morning, the sound of birds chattering away and the magical sound of their wings as they fly as one into the trees. I am thankful for the peace around me.
How does a country negotiate its own perceived demise? This may be the most pertinent question to consider when pondering the role of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations 21 st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris.
The simple answer is that it does not. Instead it undermines and blocks those negotiations and their goal wherever possible. Of course, it’s more complicated than that: in doing so, it is also wittingly accepting death by other means, but with its eyes wide open.
Talks at the U.N. climate summit in Paris have been extended into the weekend as representatives from nearly 200 nations work to finalize a global accord. A new draft text includes the voluntary target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels. Including the 1.5 degrees Celsius target meets a key demand of low-lying and vulnerable nations.
Climate Games teams have been swarming all over Paris throughout the two weeks of COP21 and actions sprouting up around the world. And this gorgeous wave of disobedience will surge on D12 when we will draw red lines with our disobedient bodies in a mass action in Paris and beyond.
The Paris climate treaty being hammered out by nearly 200 nations risks overlooking the rights and sustainable environments of indigenous peoples, indigenous representatives at the COP21 conference said on Thursday.