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first word, tree.: Organizing the Personal to the Structural

My personal motivations for participating in movement-building stem from a steady process of feeling empowered through collective action with climate justice organizers. I wish to share my experience to help illustrate the profound impact that I believe climate justice organizing is having in Canada and how it is developing a resilient, creative, and cooperative understanding of my [...]

350 or bust: It’s Time To Be Conscientious Objectors To The War On Our Children’s Future

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and the only Green MP in our parliament, didn’t mince words about the Harper government’s betrayal of our children in her December 19th blog posting: As we all prepare for the holidays, it is customary to look back at the year that was. I am not able [...]

350 or bust: Citizens Climate Lobby: Progress in Durban On Climate, But We Mustn’t Wait To Act

Citizens Climate Lobby Canada released this response to the recent Durban climate negotiations and the announcement yesterday by Environment Minister Peter Kent that Canada is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol: While it is encouraging that a path forward now exists for an international agreement on climate change, the deal completed Sunday in Durban, South [...]

DeSmogBlog: BREAKING: Canada Pulls Out of Kyoto Protocol

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Canada is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol, the cornerstone of international climate negotiations, in the wake of the failed COP17 climate talks in Durban. Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Canada's bail-out of Kyoto as he returned from Durban.

The Kyoto Protocol was ratified by Canada in 2002, when the agreement became legally binding. Canada's decision to turn its back on its international obligations confirms yet again that Stephen Harper and his carbon cronies are securing a hellish future for generations to come.  Canada's 'leaders' are brashly choosing pollution-based profiteering over public health and cooking the climate

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350 or bust: Dr. Seuss On U.N. Climate Talks: “On Wednesday My Chicken Laid Eggs That Were Fried”

Dr. Seuss was always an accurate as well as entertaining observer of human nature. Marcus Brigstoke and the other funny folks at the British radio comedy “The Now Show” pay homage to him in their take on the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. It will make you laugh and cry, especially as 2 years [...]

DeSmogBlog: Youth Delegate Anjali Appadurai Speaks Truth to Power at Conclusion of COP17 in Durban

Perhaps the most powerful speech made in all of COP17 at Durban came at the very end, a statement by Anjali Appadurai, a student at the College of the Atlantic in Maine, who addressed the conference on behalf of the youth delegates.

Her scornful depiction of the utter failure of the international community to act on climate change – a failure chiefly owned by the largest polluting nations who have caused most of the damage to the global climate – is spot on.

Watch coverage of Ms. Appadurai's statement, courtesy of Democracy Now!

 

My personal reaction: I was especially pleased to see

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350 or bust: Durban: Setting The Stage For Climate Chaos

Today’s guest blogger is friend of 350orbust Graham Saunders, who gives us his perspective on the U.N. climate negotiations in Durban: The Kyoto Agreement to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases became toast at the recent world meetings in Durban, South Africa. Yes, there are some damage control with statements that “we” have to take [...]

350 or bust: Canada At Durban Climate Talks: Talking Green, Walking Dirty

Fresh from Ani’s blog, this video of the large crowd of people have gathered outside the negotiations room at COP17 to stand with Africa as the negotiations come to a close: Here are other recent posts from Ani, with her observations of COP17: Talking green, walking dirty: a snapshot of Canada’s negotiation strategy: What looked [...]

DeSmogBlog: Small Island States Fear "Annihilation" From Failed Climate Negotiations, Protests Mark COP17 Closing Hours

Karl Hood, Grenada's Minister of Foreign Affairs and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), responded to a question from veteran ABC correspondent Bill Blakemore about the fact that climate scientists believe it is impossible to keep global warming below 1.5C above pre-industrial levels: "If they're saying that 1.5 isn't possible, are you asking us then to accept annihilation?"

Watch Hood respond to Blakemore's question:

H/T ThinkProgress for the news and the video

Yesterday, U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern said that he considers the 2°C goal codified by the G8 and the Cancun Accords to

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DeSmogBlog: Will Durban Climate Talks Leave Us On the Wrong Side of History?

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Guest post by Heather Libby of TckTckTck.org, originally published on Huffington Post.

Whatever happens, the next 48 hours will change the world.

The Durban climate negotiations dance on a wire. Sway but a little, and everything falls.

For the past ten days scientists, politicians, faith leaders, health leaders, artists and unions have formed an urgent choir calling on the negotiators to act. Our partners in the TckTckTck alliance have sung, danced, protested and marched. In solidarity, 400,000 (and counting) people worldwide have signed the latest Avaaz call to action urging the European

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350 or bust: Some Honesty At Durban Climate Conference: Youth Told “No One Is Listening To You”

Willard Metzger is the General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada and blogs at Church Guy. He is well acquainted with the suffering that climate change is already inflicting on the most vulnerable among us, as the former Director-Church Relation of World Vision Canada and the author of Thanking God With Integrity Vol II: Table Grace [...]

DeSmogBlog: U.S. 2020 climate treaty proposal isn’t a delay—it’s a death sentence

Ed note: Originally published by our friends at Grist.org.

by Jamie Henn of 350.org   The U.N. climate talks desperately need a crisis. For the last 10 days, negotiations here in Durban, South Africa, have made little progress on the fundamental challenge these talks were set up to confront: how the world can come together to avoid catastrophic climate change.   Instead, the pace of negotiations has been set by the one country the rest of the world should be turning their back on: the United States.   The U.S. never signed the Kyoto Protocol, the only . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: U.S. 2020 climate treaty proposal isn’t a delay—it’s a death sentence

350 or bust: Durban: Youth Turn Their Backs In Response To Canadian Government’s Disregard For Their Future

Here’s another post from Ani, part of the Canadian Youth Delegation in Durban, South Africa where the 10 days of U.N. climate negotiations have less than 48 hours to go, and no agreement is in sight. Here is her account of the recent action by some of the other members of the Youth Delegation; and [...]

DeSmogBlog: The Sky Is Falling! Climate Deniers Parachute Into COP17 In Durban

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What’s that falling from the sky?  A bird?  A plane?   No!  

It’s just crazy climate denier Christopher “Lord" Monckton! Apparently trying to one-up himself after the "Hitler Youth" debacle in Copenhagen in 2009.

Monckton and his compatriots from the climate-denying, pollution-loving Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) skydived onto the beaches of Durban yesterday in another failed attempt to flog the dead "Climategate 2.0" horse.  

The image of Monckton dropping from the sky, eyes closed, destined to decry his well-worn "U.N. wold-domination conspiracy" is

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350 or bust: U.S. Navy: Climate Change Is A National Security Threat

Here are some more voices from Durban, as the UN climate negotiations continue to the end of the week: Rear Admiral David Titley, Oceanographer and Navigator of the US Navy, discusses climate change at the COP17 UN Climate Talks: **** Wondering what’s going on at the Durban talks? Here’s COP17 in under 3 minutes, from [...]

350 or bust: Canada’s Pollution Peddlers Arrive At COP17 in Durban

It’s a busy time for a climate activist; the updates from COP17 are coming in fast and furious, particularly from Canadians as the Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent and his delegation arrived yesterday. Here are some of the articles that were in my inbox this morning: Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of the United [...]

350 or bust: Durban: “Down With Canada”

Concerned citizens from around Africa and the globe have gathered in Durban South Africa to “Occupy Cop17″, as hopes for a global agreement to address the climate crisis fades. As part of Occupy COP17, participants chanted “down with Canada” outside the official U.N. negotiations. It makes me so ashamed of my country, and the federal [...]

350 or bust: It’s Official: Canada Breaks International Law, Withdraws From Kyoto Protocol

From the Globe and Mail: Environment Minister Peter Kent says Canada is finished with the Kyoto Protocol. Speaking in a teleconference from an international climate-change summit in South Africa, Mr. Kent said Monday Canada will not make a second commitment to Kyoto, which would run from 2013 to 2017. The article erroneously claims that China, [...]

350 or bust: COP17: Politicians, Get Your Head Out Of The Sands And Lead!

Our eyes on the ground of the Durban climate conference, Ani, updates us from Day 6 of COP17. To read more, visit Ani’s blog at YouthDelegateManitoba.wordpress.com: I could spend my time writing this blog about a draft text for the Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, which has been circulated this morning and has as [...]

Dude, Where’s Our Climate Policy?

The Durban Climate Conference hasn’t even begun yet and already Canada is getting flack for it’s poor reputation on the environment. What do you expect though from an environment minister who didn’t even know what Ozone was up until a week ago (let’s be fair, he’s only been on the job since May of this year) and [...]

350 or bust: In Keeping With The Season

   

350 or bust: Youth To World’s Politicians: It’s Time To Buy Back Our Future

Here is another post from Ani, a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation representing Manitoba at the Durban climate conference, will be a regular guest blogger during COP17 in Durban. Ani works as a Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for Climate Change Connection, a project of the Manitoba Eco-Network. To read more, visit Ani’s blog [...]

350 or bust: Canadian Youth: We Are Truly Sorry For Our Government’s Stance On Climate Change

Ani, a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation representing Manitoba at the Durban climate conference, will be a regular guest blogger during COP17 in Durban. Ani works as a Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for Climate Change Connection, a project of the Manitoba Eco-Network. To read more about Ani, visit her info page at YouthDelegateManitoba.wordpress.com. [...]

Things Are Good: Follow the Durban Climate Conference

OneClimate has a good collection of live coverage from the Durban Climate Conference, also known as COP17. The conference started a few days ago and runs until the 9th of December.

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350 or bust: Standing On Guard For The Tar Sands: Canada Wins Two Fossil Awards on Day 1 of Climate Talks

Today’s guest blogger is Ani, a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation representing Manitoba at the Durban climate conference. Ani works as a Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for Climate Change Connection, a project of the Manitoba Eco-Network. To read more about Ani, visit her info page at YouthDelegateManitoba.wordpress.com. While I’m experiencing my first day [...]