Date: 2015/06/19 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

It is increasingly odd to realize that the voices of the established order, sources of top-down control and out-dated structures, are suddenly allies. My experience for decades was to deride the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) for perverse “structural adjustment,” the World Bank for bad development, the International Energy Agency for focussing on expanding fossil ...

Date: 2015/03/06 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

I could claim “last night I had the strangest dream…”. It had to do with International Women’s Day. And suddenly the male leadership decided it had really made too big a mess of things to be able to continue in good conscience…. And….political parties vaporized at the astonishing voluntary surrendering of power.. and with no ...

Date: 2015/02/13 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

Dear Bitumen, I must be blunt – I don’t know what we ever saw in you. You seemed popular, as though all of the countries wanted to be with you. We thought maybe your exports could support us financially. We wanted to believe that a future with you would be prosperous. Oh Bitumen, how very ...

Date: 2014/12/17 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP20, News

Walking through the streets of Lima on Wednesday in that nation’s largest-ever march for climate action, I turned to a friend and said: “If you had told me when I started working on this issue in 1986 that I would still be in climate marches when I was 60 and that Canada would be ramping ...

Date: 2014/12/15 -- Category/Categories: COP20, News, Press Releases

OTTAWA – The 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) session to address the threat of climate change came to a close early Sunday morning in Lima, Peru. The two-weeks’ worth of negotiations produced a 12-month work plan for the world’s nations to prepare for the upcoming negotiations (COP21) in Paris.  The negotiations will be pivotal, as ...

Date: 2014/12/14 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP20, News

(LIMA) - As you likely have heard, the COP20 talks wrapped earlier this morning at around 3:30 AM. The deal was done in seconds following the break for countries to review a new text tabled by the President just before midnight. He then suspended the session to give parties an hour to read the new ...

Date: 2014/12/13 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP20

(LIMA) – Okay, I know that sounds like a Bruce Willis movie and my apologies… but this COP has achieved that dreamlike-nightmarish quality that obscures what day it is, what time it is. So apologies. I was surprised to check and see that my last blog had been late Thursday. We have been in nearly ...

Date: 2014/12/11 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP20, News

As the available hours for negotiations wind down, we have entered the usual phase at such negotiations of high-level speeches extolling negotiators to finish the work and deliver on our obligations to future generations while the negotiators themselves seem no closer to the finish line than they were days ago. Two work streams have been ...

Date: 2014/12/11 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP20, News

The COP20 talks are taking place in an unlikely venue  – a military base outside of town.  Despite the reporting of its carbon footprint, being built from scratch to accommodate ten thousand people, it is working well as a venue.  Depending on your viewpoint, it could be seen as bizarre or appropriate that the COP ...

Date: 2014/12/09 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP20, News

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