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 ...

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: 2014/12/14 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, 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

(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, 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 ...

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