The European Union Directives on Biofuels

by Klever Descarpontriez

 

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What are biofuels and How did they come into existence?

As the climate crisis worsens and we stand closer to the edge of an imminent climate catastrophe, governments of the world are starting to realize the importance of sustainable energy production. Sadly, not all options currently on the table and marketed as green solutions are actually “green”, or solutions to climate change.

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Gender and Climate Change – understanding the linkages

by Klever Descarpontriez 

 

Climate change threatens to alter the world as we know it. It poses an environmental and social crisis. Climate change affects genders differently, yet not all genders participate equally in coming up with solutions. Institutional sexism at the decision-making process, prevents women from meaningfully engage in negotiations and politics. This exclusion results in policies that are not gender-responsive, nor gender-sensitive, and that further exacerbates existing inequalities—like poverty and gender inequality for example.  

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The end of the beginning – 21 years of an unjust process

by Klever Descarpontriez and Aneesa Khan

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Last Sunday the 13th of December the news of a new ‘historic’, ‘landmark’, ‘once in a century’ international climate agreement infested the front page of all the major media outlets, especially praising the fact that the agreement was universal and legally binding. Many people seemed to forget that this wasn’t the first time all countries in the world had come together to address the climate crisis. As a matter of fact, we have had a universal legally binding instrument for climate change in place since 1992. Then, why was there so much hype about Paris in particular? Have we forgotten that this is an ongoing process, one that neither started nor ended in France last week?

The first part of this blog is an attempt to summarize the process of almost two and a half decades of negotiations. The second part aims to recap the process that took place in 2015 alone.

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The Paris Agreement, what’s next for climate change leadership – a report back from COP21

by Klever Descarpontriez

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Today the Earth in Brackets and Uppsala delegation jointly held a two hour long session in a fairly well-attended auditorium to debrief the rest of the Uppsala University on what happened in Paris last week and what it means for us in the future. This session was part of the Sustainability Festival that took place today on campus. In these two hours we first talked about the bigger picture of climate politics, the need for a climate justice narrative in the UN and other decision-making spaces, we briefly touched on some policy sticky points from the Paris agreement and then delved into a conversation of what this all means for us and our work in the future. The following blog is an attempt to summarize the second part of the presentation today on the main policy updates from COP21 and how those relate to the People’s Test on Climate.

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High Level Segment Intervention

by Klever Descarpontriez

Tuesday, 8 December 2015.

Today the high-level segment continued hearing statements from ministers and other heads of delegations in joint meetings of the COP and CMP. The high-level segment concluded with statements by inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The Youth Constituency (YOUNGO) of the UNFCCC  was given two minutes to express their views on the process so far, after being kicked out of the rooms for the last week and a half. We spoke to an empty room where there were no Parties to be seen (maybe they are all busy negotiating a fair and ambitious deal?). Read more…