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NGOs Getting Ready for Mexico

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Activists meeting at Klimaforum. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Activists meeting at Klimaforum. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Before the outcome of COP 15 has even emerged, Latin American social organisations are already discussing their strategies for the next climate summit, to be held in a year’s time in Mexico.

The primary challenge is to broaden and strengthen the links between the different civil society movements and networks in the region, the international coordinator of Jubilee South, Beverly Keene, told TerraViva. Continue Reading

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Hope in 100,000 Flavours

Posted on 13 December 2009 by editor

One of many marches Saturday in Copenhagen: Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

One of many marches Saturday in Copenhagen: Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

By Terna Gyuse*

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) The midpoint of a conference on climate change in which tremendous hope has been invested; unsurprising then that demonstrations of popular desire for decisive action against global warming took place around the world. Continue Reading

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Sun Comes Out to Greet “Flood for Climate Justice”

Posted on 12 December 2009 by editor

March in Copenhagen urging world political leaders to stop talking and act now. Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

March in Copenhagen urging world political leaders to stop talking and act now. Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

By Raúl Pierri

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – The sun came out in Copenhagen Saturday for the first time this week. But even though its rays were too weak to temper the bone-chilling cold, it shone brightly over the 5,000 people who braved the weather to participate in a demonstration organised by Friends of the Earth International (FOEI).

“Flood for Climate Justice” was the slogan that gathered activists from more than 20 countries around the world, and from a wide range of social, women’s, peasant and environmental organisations, along with dozens of young local people, who came out to voice their opposition to the carbon offsetting “solution.” Continue Reading

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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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Youth See Their Future in the Balance

Posted on 06 December 2009 by editor

By Stephen Leahy

 

Youth delegates visited schools to talk about climate change issues. Credit: Children's Climate Forum

Youth delegates visited schools to talk about climate change issues. Credit: Children's Climate ForumBy Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGEN, (IPS/TerraViva) Young people from 44 countries are demanding that world leaders take decisive action on climate change. The time for talk is over, they declared at the end of a weeklong Children’s Climate Forum here.

“Our plates are empty due to drought. Our future is at risk, and we demand that something be done,” they wrote in a declaration titled “Our World, Our Future” signed by 164 participants aged 14 to 17 at the conclusion of the forum.

“I don’t want my future compromised by inaction on climate,” said Bipra Biswambhara, 16, of India.

Biswambhara and many of her fellow delegates were “shocked to learn how many people and parts of the world are already affected by climate change”, she told TerraViva. “We youth are committed to taking action in our home communities,” she said. Continue Reading

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