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Nov 25, 2009

Messages from Edinburgh

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 25, 2009 05:33 PM

A letter from Carl Dodd

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 25, 2009 02:40 PM

Can the world leaders deliver a truly useful agreement - that will ensure the world will become a fair and equitable place?

Can the vested interests of a few converge with the needs of the many?
Why is it that consumerism is flaunted as the means to prosperous and happy societies?
 
What ever the politicians say or do, it simply won't be enough to prevent the climate chaos that is coming. The only answer from the experts, to the financial crisis seemed to be pump in more money into a system that converted greed into wealth for a few. Did the world governments see this coming and avert their gaze? The resultant mess and confusion has cost the people of the world dearly, and it can't just be bad luck or a few people misleading the many. We colluded in it!

The slower, but much more devastating effects of the change in the climate will be tackled in an equally calamitous and shabby way.

Key questions to ask of our world leaders, who are enamored with money and power, are why are we not protecting the only resource we know to effectively capture carbon and increase our chances to stabilise the global warming - ( that might actually involve stopping the logging and destruction of all forms of rainforest, arboreal forests)?

What does the cap and trade ideology actually promote? Increasing consumerism, without technology transfer? And can we align desire to create wealth without a mechanism to actually distribute aid and compassion to the millions who will suffer because of the continuing global warming? Will we also collude in the misery of the wretched lives of millions least able to change their lot in life?
 
Why call this a message of hope then?

I feel that the seeds of change are planted in the fertile soils now. The people and institutions who actually matter and can influence are the actions of the millions who care are here amongst us.

We can distribute wealth to those who need it - we can shut out the illegal loggers and financial chancers who act against our common good. Easily! The technologies we need to transfer are not huge projects by multi nationals. If we refocus on local needs being solved and neighbours helping each other we create economic multipliers in the communities that need the money/resources' to improve their lives. We can protect the non human world by not "buying into" consuming it!

Climate change is unavoidable, and worryingly, it may not stay at the cosy two degrees in global warming the politicians hope for. We have a chance to change the structures and institutions that direct the efforts of the developed world - this is our task for the next 10-20 years. It will not avoid the pain, but recognise the needs for the future generations.

Sincerely,
Carl Dodd
Cambridge
UK

Nov 19, 2009

Five thousand people Flood Copenhagen for Climate Justice

by PhilLee — last modified Nov 19, 2009 04:35 PM
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More than five thousand people from around the world joined our Flood for climate justice on Saturday December 12 as we Flooded the streets of Copenhagen demanding climate justice and an end to offsetting carbon emissions.

Flood-1The spectacular, blue-coloured crowd flooded through the streets of Copenhagen with a clear message to decision makers that offsetting carbon emissions – the practice whereby rich industrialised countries pay developing countries to cut emissions rather than making cuts at home – is unfair, and does l not lead to cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

 

We believe that carbon offsets, which currently form part of a UN climate agreement, do not lead to any overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The "flood for climate justice" was made up of Friends of the Earth activists from more than twenty different countries, as well as allies of Friends of the Earth from a wide range of social and environmental movements, and a large number of Danish people.

 

The flooFlood-2d began outside the Klimaforum09, civil society climate conference, with speeches from our Chair Nnimmo Bassey, Henry Saragih, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina and Amparo Miciano, World March for Women to highlight the social and environmental impacts of climate change, and the struggle against false solutions such as carbon offsetting.

 

The participants, most of them dressed in blue ponchos, then 'flooded' through the streets of Copenhagen, in a colorful procession carrying flags and banners, chanting "Demand Climate Justice" and "No Offsetting". The event ended in front of the Danish Parliament with the creation of a massive human banner reading 'Offsetting is a false solution'.

 

The flood also carried messages from people who are directly affected by climate change, or who are struggling against false solutions such as carbon offsetting.

 

View some of these messages from the 'Climate capsule'

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Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth International chair, stated:

 

"Carbon offsetting has no benefits for the climate or for developing countries – it only benefits developed countries, carbon speculators and major polluters who want to continue business as usual. Friends of the Earth International denounces carbon offsetting as a false solution to the climate crisis, and urges governments to search for fair and sustainable solutions.”

 

Palle Bendsen from NOAH / friends of the Earth Denmark stated:

 

"It is amazing to see so many people from around the world coming together to form a flood of public opinion against offsetting and to demand climate justice in Copenhagen. The flood for climate justice sends a clear signal to decision makers that the world is watching, and we expect them to find fair and strong solutions to the urgent climate crisis.”

 

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Watch a video of the Flood here

Nov 18, 2009

Drawings from Kuopio, Finland

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 18, 2009 05:02 PM

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Save money, stop climate change.


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We need action not just words any more!

 

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I want to teach my children to ski!

 

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Present actions can save the future.

 

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Doesn't concern me.

 

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Is this what you want?

 

Messages from Kuopio, Finland

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 18, 2009 05:00 PM

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Actions matter more than words - make it happen today.  Save the world!

 

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Greetings, waiting for winter.  - Helvi

 

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Winter in Finland 2050

 

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Keep the world worth living in!

Letters from Helsinki

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 18, 2009 04:59 PM

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Act now - reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

 

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Please!  Save the world!

 

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Let's keep the earth cool!

 

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Courage to act.  Two degrees thank you!

Messages from Finland

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 18, 2009 04:57 PM

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We need a strong agreement.

 

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I wish: Binding deal in Copenhagen

 

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Now!

 

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Help!  Climate law now!

 

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Stop it climate change!  You can do it!  The citizens of the world expect you to act!

 

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Let's not flood the Pacific Islands.

 

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I want the climate agreement.

 

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Strong deal for save future.

 

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I want a strong climate agreement.

 

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Listen to your heart!

Nov 11, 2009

The Carbon Supermarket

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Reproduced courtesy of Kate Evans / www.cartoonkate.co.uk

The Carbon Super Market

Dance for the climate

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Over 10.000 people danced for the climate on the Ostend Beach in Belgium in August 2009.

Oct 22, 2009

Bangkok climate talks

by Krista Stryker — last modified Oct 22, 2009 12:15 PM
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Bangkok, Thailand was the venue for the latest round of climate talks in the run up to December's summit in Copenhagen. Friends of the Earth International were there with thousands of international climate justice activists demanding a just climate agreement.

FoEI BangkokThe talks were the fourth gathering of the year in preparation for the climate summit in Copenhagen this December.

 

The official discussions were focused mainly on what efforts the newly industrialising countries; such as China, India and Brazil; are prepared to curb the increase of their emissions.

 

Also discussed was the extent to which industrialised countries are prepared to support developing countries to reduce emissions in future years.

 

Friends of the Earth International and other civil society debaters took part in daily mobilisations outside of the summit, demanding the repayment of climate debt, the exclusion of the World bank and other financial institutions from the climate debate, and the rights of indigenous peoples, fisherfolk and women to be protected.  The civil society forums held by FoEI and others focused on how to achieve real solutions to climate justice without risking people or the planet.

 

The talks did not meet the hopes and expectations of the civil society debaters - instead of real solutions and displays of innovation, discussion was centred on trying to get the United States to enter into an agreement, even proposing to dispose of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, arguing this would be the only way to effectively tackle climate change.

 

Bangkok protestsThere was also no agreement on developing countries' role in combating climate change, and the developed countries refused to accept the proposal that they finance the mitigation, adaptation and technology needs of developing countries through new democratic financial institutions other than the World Bank.

 

The next talks ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit will be held in Barcelona from November 2-6. 

 

 

blogs

Read the introductory blog from Bangkok.

Read the closing blog post wrapping up the summit

Watch video blogs


photos

See pictures of the summit

 

further information

Find out more about the talks on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website.

 

Oct 19, 2009

Flash mob: Malmo train station

by PhilLee — last modified Oct 19, 2009 12:30 PM

During the Young Friends of the Earth Act Now conference in Sweden a few flash mobs took place reminding Swedes about the importance of a just climate agreement in Copenhagen.

Flash mob: Climate sleep

by PhilLee — last modified Oct 19, 2009 12:29 PM

During the Young Friends of the Earth Act Now conference in Sweden a few flash mobs took place reminding Swedes about the importance of a just climate agreement in Copenhagen.

Oct 01, 2009

Message to world leaders

by Krista Stryker — last modified Oct 01, 2009 12:00 AM

Wageningen, Netherlands: Be sensible, please.

Be sensible please

 

Sep 24, 2009

Maria: one woman facing the effects of a climate catastrophe

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 24, 2009 11:28 AM

Maria is from the Kiribati Islands in the Pacific and part of a solidarity network called the Pacific Calling Partnership. Hear her experience of facing the destruction of her homeland and her call to global leaders to act fast to preserve her way of life and that of millions of others.

Sep 22, 2009

one minute to save the world

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 22, 2009 12:45 PM

Can a group of young people change the world? Perhaps only they can see the simple truths. With so little time left, and all in the same boat, it is very fair for them to ask, Why are we all fighting each other?

Sep 21, 2009

Stop the big melt in the Himalayas

by Krista Stryker — last modified Sep 21, 2009 11:37 AM

Mount Everest climber Pemba Dorje Sherpa is urging the Australian government to do its part to stop global warming before it's too late.

Pemba Dorje SherpaThe world’s fastest Mount Everest climber, Pemba Dorje Sherpa, has called on the Australian government to halve the country’s carbon pollution by the middle of the next decade to help stop the melting of the Himalayas.

Mr Sherpa says his home is changing because of global warming.

 


“The glaciers around Everest are disappearing and our way of life is being
threatened,” he says.

Mr Sherpa’s call for action coincides with the release of a Friends of the Earth report which says the big melt in the Himalayas is the one of humanity’s single greatest threats from global warming.

“Warming across the greater Himalayas is two-to-four times the global average. This rise in temperature will increase hazards such as avalanches, debris flows, landslides and flash floods,” says FoE spokesperson Damien Lawson. 

 

Find out more about the big melt of the Himalayas and read the FoE report here.

Sep 20, 2009

Message to world leaders

by Krista Stryker — last modified Sep 20, 2009 12:00 AM

Gonnie, Wageningen, Netherlands: Hey government, I prefer solar and wind energy to nuclear and coal! Cheers, Gonnie.

Gonnie message

Sep 17, 2009

The Age of Stupid global premiere

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 17, 2009 12:45 PM
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Friends of the Earth International is proud to be associated with The Age of Stupid, director Franny Armstrong's new film illustrating the disastrous effects of climate change.

age-of-stupid-titleThe drama-documentary follows an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, asking himself the question, "why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?".  The incredibly provocative and powerful film has helped bring about important discussion around climate change ahead of the Copenhagen Summit in December of this year.

 

The premiere of The Age of Stupid took place worldwide on September 21/22 on the International Day of Climate Action. Friends of the Earth groups that took part in the screening included Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Romania and many more.

 

Celebrities and politicians from all over the globe put their weight behind the film. The New York premiere alone was attended by Kofi Annan, Gillian Anderson, Moby, The Age of Stupid's Oscar-nominated star Pete Postlethwaite and filmmakers Franny Armstrong and Lizzie Gillett. 

 

Many other celebrities arrived in New York by sailing boat, bike, rickshaw, electric car or skateboard before walking down the green (not red!) carpet.

 

Let's hope the film will inspire people in developed countries to cut down on their carbon emissions and call for a just agreement at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen this December.


For information about the film and how you can still see it go to The Age of Stupid website.

 

Watch the trailer here:

 

 

Sep 09, 2009

Michael Rooney's message to world leaders

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 09, 2009 02:08 PM

michael rooneyTo All Politicians,

 

I am asking you to do the right thing in Copenhagen; you have our lives in your hands.

 

Your commitment to our environment will affect the lives of our future generations and how and if they can live in this world.

 

Remember, with climate change, there are no second chances; we cannot rectify your mistakes.
Yours in Peace

 

Michael

aug 22: What is your country doing about climate change?

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 09, 2009 12:25 PM
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Young Friends of the Earth urge you to Act Now on climate change. Watch the ice melt!

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