Date: 2015/12/07 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

I am amazed. The deadline of having ADP wrap by noon Saturday and send a draft text accepted as a sufficient basis for political negotiation was met. The draft text with the addition of “reflections” from the co-chairs (a neat process to take on board and submit the complaints, additions and pleadings that failed to ...

Date: 2015/12/07 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

All around us, Paris is abuzz with empowering, high voltage events (run on renewable energy of course!)  Today Al Gore addressed a group of young people, Leonardo de Caprio and Robert Redford met with hundreds of mayors in downtown Paris, Elon Musk (of Tesla) called on the world to leave fossil fuels in our (virtual) ...

Date: 2015/12/04 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

The cracks hiding behind the diplomatic veneer are rising to the surface.  In ADP developing country negotiators spoke more clearly about why it is unfair for Industrialized countries to ignore their responsibility (our responsibility) for having created the crisis of climate change. Low-lying island states argued more passionately for holding global average temperature to no ...

Date: 2015/12/03 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

If this blog were a climate text, it would look like this:   Green party supporters and civil society actors to consider the of climate negotiations within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in which the parties to this , , ...

Date: 2015/12/01 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

This was the second day of COP, but our first day of negotiations.  The leaders of nations from around the world have jetted home.  (My friend New Zealand Green MP Kennedy Graham pointed out in his blog today that we actually do not have “world leaders” – just leaders of various nations.) The place felt ...

Date: 2015/11/30 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

At the end of the first day of the 21st Conference of the Parties I feel like we must be at day 4, or 5.  Why the sense of exhaustion?  Over 150 world leaders speaking one after the other.  The Conference of the Parties has always had its own rhythm. Predictable flows of negotiation over ...

Date: 2015/11/02 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, News

The first “to-do” list focussed on changes to policy and legislation brought in under the Harper administration. But the damage was not confined to omnibus laws and brutal ideologically motivated cuts. More subtle damage was done to the principles that underpin Westminster parliamentary democracy. Our system of government has limitations on abuse of power, but ...

Date: 2015/10/29 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, News

We need a stock-taking. A “to-do” list. Some of what the Harper administration broke will be easy to fix; much will be very hard indeed. What we must do is insist the damage be reversed. There is an equally long list of steps to take moving forward – but we need to repair immense damage ...

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

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 ...

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