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Norway Is Trying

Posted on 17 December 2009 by editor

Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim. Credit: Rajiv Fernando/IPS

Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim. Credit: Rajiv Fernando/IPS

By Claudia Ciobanu*

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Norway is the world’s third largest donor in terms of development aid as a percentage of GDP. Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim spoke to IPS about the initiatives promoted by his country on environmental protection and its role during the Copenhagen negotiations.

Like most participants in the CoP15, Solheim declared himself not very optimistic about the fate of the talks, speaking to TerraViva on Thursday night, with just one day of negotiations remaining. Continue Reading

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Global Economic Apartheid Is Obstacle to Fair Deal

Posted on 17 December 2009 by editor

Kumi Naidoo. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Kumi Naidoo. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Claudia Ciobanu interviews Kumi Naidoo, head of Greenpeace International

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) “Climate change is an opportunity to deal with all the issues of equity and justice that we have been struggling for all along,” said Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International in an interview with IPS on Thursday in Copenhagen.

“And perhaps this is why there is such resistance from rich countries: they know that if they do the right thing in Copenhagen, they have to begin to share economic power and to have a more equitable trading system because all of those things have to follow, otherwise you cannot deal with climate change.” Continue Reading

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‘What’s Good for Asia Is Good for the World’ – Chinese Official

Posted on 17 December 2009 by editor

Ambassador Yu Qingtai. Credit: Embassy of China in the United States

Ambassador Yu Qingtai. Credit: Embassy of China in the United States

By Rajiv Fernando*

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – China appears to have gained instant celebrity status since the opening days of the United Nations Climate Change Conference here.

The many meetings and press briefings arranged by Chinese officials have been jampacked by all who are excited to see the emerging economic giant of Asia will lead the rest of the developing world during the climate negotiations in the Danish capital. Continue Reading

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“We Need a Strong Voice for Africa”

Posted on 17 December 2009 by editor

Mithika Mwenda. Credit: Nasseem Ackburally/IPS

Mithika Mwenda. Credit: Nasseem Ackburally/IPS

Nasseem Ackburally

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – Ethiopian president Meles Zenawi was chosen by African leaders to champion a united African position.

But Zenawi has provoked outrage from campaigners by issuing a joint statement with French president Nicholas Sarkozy that falls well short of the Africa Group’s demands for emissions cuts or long-term financial commitments to support mitigation, adaptation and other  measures in the developing world. Continue Reading

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Africa Will Not Be Sold

Posted on 16 December 2009 by editor

Mithika Mwenda: 'This is going to create dissent meaning division and then those who are bent in dividing Africa will succeed. We should not fall into that trap.' Credit: Nasseem Ackburally/IPS

Mithika Mwenda: 'This is going to create dissent, and then those who are bent on dividing Africa will succeed.' Credit: Nasseem Ackburally/IPS

Ethiopian president Meles Zenawi was chosen by African leaders to champion a united African position.
But Zenawi has provoked outrage from campaigners by issuing a joint statement with the French president Nicholas Sarkozy that falls well short of the Africa Group’s demands for emissions cuts or  long-term financial commitments to support mitigation, adaptation and other  measures in the developing world.
Nasseem Ackburally interviewed one of those most disappointed by Zenawi’s action, Mithika Mwenda, from the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance.

 

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‘Nous avons besoin d’un plan d’adaptation et non d’argent’

Posted on 16 December 2009 by editor

Edouard Yao: "Après Copenhague, c’est une bataille qui débutera, un défi qu’il faudra relever." Credit: Fulgence Zamblé/IPS

Edouard Yao: "Après Copenhague, c’est une bataille qui débutera, un défi qu’il faudra relever." Credit: Fulgence Zamblé/IPS

Fulgence Zamblé s’entretient avec EDOUARD YAO, coordinateur de Côte d’Ivoire

ABIDJAN (IPS/TerraViva) - En dépit d’une marche de mobilisation contre les changements climatiques avortée dans la capitale économique ivoirienne, Abidjan, pour des raisons d’organisation, Edouard Yao, coordinateur Côte d’Ivoire de l’organisation non gouvernementale LEAD Africa, ne démord pas.

Pour lui, les populations africaines ont besoin d’être largement informées sur la question climatique. Ce pourquoi, depuis l’ouverture des négociations de Copenhague, au Danemark, l’organisation dont il est le coordinateur organise dans cinq villes africaines des séances de visualisation en direct de Copenhague, suivies d’exposés et de débats en ligne et hors ligne. Continue Reading

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Venezuela: “No vamos a dejar que nos impongan”

Posted on 15 December 2009 by editor

Legislador venezolano Ricardo Capella. Crédito: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Legislador venezolano Ricardo Capella. Crédito: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Por Raúl Pierri

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) Venezuela, pese a su condición de potencia petrolera, es una de las voces de América Latina que con más fuerza exigen un ambicioso acuerdo en la 15 Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (COP15), que concluirá este viernes en la capital danesa. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Military Activity Driving Rapid Glacier Melting

Posted on 15 December 2009 by editor

Hydrologist Arshad H. Abbasi says Siachen glacier is melting at an unprecedented rate. Credit: Arshad Abbasi

Hydrologist Arshad H. Abbasi says Siachen glacier is melting at an unprecedented rate. Credit: Arshad Abbasi

By Zofeen Ebrahim

KARACHI (IPS/TerraViva) – For the past several years, water expert Arshad H. Abbasi has been calling attention to the environmental degradation of the Siachen Glacier, one of the Himalayan glaciers and the largest in the world outside of the polar regions.

Situated on the strategic tri-junction of India, China and Pakistan, the glacier is considered a climate regulator and an “ecological source” for South Asia, says Abbasi. Continue Reading

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¿Dónde está la voz de América Latina?

Posted on 14 December 2009 by editor

Manuel Rodríguez Becerra, ex ministro de Medio Ambiente de Colombia. Crédito: Confecoop

Manuel Rodríguez Becerra, ex ministro de Medio Ambiente de Colombia. Crédito: Confecoop

Por Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva)  “Nos preocupa que la voz de América Latina se hace sentir a través de las ONG multinacionales, que pueden ser muy respetables, como la WWF, Conservación Internacional, Amigos de la Tierra, pero pensamos que debe haber una voz de América Latina que no esté permeada por los intereses del Norte”, dijo a TerraViva el ex ministro de Medio Ambiente de Colombia, Manuel Rodríguez. Continue Reading

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“Brasil es una economía baja en carbono”

Posted on 14 December 2009 by editor

José Miguez. Crédito: Cortesía de Itaipú Binacional

José Miguez. Crédito: Cortesía de Itaipú Binacional

Por Mario Osava

RIO DE JANERIO (IPS/TerraViva) Brasil busca mantener en Copenhague el papel de liderazgo que tuvo este país en las negociaciones sobre ambiente desde que acogió la llamada Cumbre de la Tierra en esta ciudad en 1992.

El gobierno de Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva anunció el 13 de noviembre el compromiso voluntario de reducir entre 36 y 39 por ciento los gases de efecto invernadero para 2020. Pero respecto de los volúmenes de 1990, como establece el Protocolo de Kyoto, significará un aumento de casi 21 por ciento. Continue Reading

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Portraits: European solidarity

Posted on 12 December 2009 by editor

Clodimir Bogaert/Oxfam Belgium in Saturday's march. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS.

Clodimir Bogaert/Oxfam Belgium in Saturday's march. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS.

By Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) “We hope things change, because the (global warming) problem is urgent. We see that the first to suffer the effects of climate change are the poorest countries,” said Belgian activist Clodimir Bogaert, who works in educational projects with Oxfam Belgium.

He also said climate pollution would end up costing the world much more than what is needed to act now.

Bogaert came from his country specifically for Saturday’s march. “We are here with delegations from different non-governmental organizations, and different unions, and all of us came by train,” he told TerraViva.

“We are waiting to see what will happen in the last days (of COP15), when the big decisions are taken,” he said, with an air of optimism.

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Portraits: No more false solutions

Posted on 12 December 2009 by editor

Marta Zogbi of FOEI. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS.

Marta Zogbi of FOEI. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS.

By Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) “We have an enormous influence, because the issue of climate change has been carried forward by organised civil society. The corporate lobby is also very powerful, which is why society cannot advance as fast as it would like,” said Argentine activist Marta Zogbi of Friends of the Earth International, one of the organisers of the march. Continue Reading

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Portraits: From every corner of the world

Posted on 12 December 2009 by editor

Via Campesina's Alicia Muñoz. Credit: Stephen Leahy/IPS.

Via Campesina's Alicia Muñoz. Credit: Stephen Leahy/IPS.

By Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Chilean activist Alicia Muñoz of Via Campesina, the global movement of small- and medium-scale farmers, rural women and indigenous people, has been in Copenhagen for a week taking part in different activities in Klimaforum, the civil society meet held parallel to COP15.

“It is very clear to Via Campesina that we have to apply pressure for an agreement to be reached, because we know the negotiations are not coming up with positive results,” Muñoz, one of the few Chilean activists in Copenhagen, told TerraViva.

“The people cannot continue to pay for this problem,” said Muñoz, president of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI) of Chile. “We are completely sure that this demonstration will have an influence on the world’s leaders,” added the activist, recalling the record of battles she says have been won by Via Campesina.

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Portraits: Sharing is Tops

Posted on 11 December 2009 by editor

 

Honduran activist Victor Saravia at Klimaforum. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

Honduran activist Victor Saravia at Klimaforum. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

Although the airline lost his luggage en route to Copenhagen, Víctor Saravia, head of the San Marcos Ocotepeque Ecological Association which works in western Honduras, is still enthusiastic about the prospect of sharing experiences in the Danish capital.

 

“We want to share at Copenhagen, because we believe we have a valuable and interesting process, well worth making known to other Latin American countries,” Saravia told TerraViva in the midst of the hustle and bustle at Klimaforum.

The Ecological Association promotes sustainable management of protected areas and river microbasins, and develops projects on food security, basic sanitation, alternative energies and political empowerment.

One of its main projects is the protection of cloud forests, by means of multi-sector alliances, to ensure water supply in the area.

“Water is the leitmotiv, the catalyst of the social participation process, and the focus where the municipal governments, the communities and their water management boards, and international cooperation agencies all meet,” Saravia told TerraViva.

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