Illustrating Water and Austerity – The Troikatastrophe

by Aneesa Khan

What would voting “yes” at the referendum on Sunday mean for the people of Greece? It would be a giant aye to the creditors to go ahead with bailout impositions upon the country – impositions that hit the citizens the hardest. These austerity measures (like pension cuts, privatization of public resources like water and motorways, increased taxes and reductions in government spending) are in theory supposed to reel the country out of its financial crisis. However, in reality, they decelerate the economy and cause deterioration in the standard of living of the people along with a denial of basic amenities and rights (the IMF itself recognized this).

If all this sounds confusing and vague, fear no more – we have created a mini-graphic novel to explain the situation as it applies to water privatization in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Check out the comic after the jump.

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Climate Change Is a Crisis We Can Only Solve Together

Re-posted from The Nation, written by Naomi Klein

naomi and EIB Two weeks ago, in the secluded but beautiful island of MDI, a number of Earth In Brackets members graduated from College of the Atlantic (COA). The graduation ceremony was great, not only because it was finally sunny (even though it seemed that summer will never arrive to that part of the world), but they also had an amazing commencement speaker: Naomi Klein. They could not have asked for more. Her speech was touching and inspiring, not just appliacable to COA students, but to any engaged activist. Check it out!


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World Leaders Lack Ambition to Tackle Climate Crisis

* This blog was written by our friend, Dipti Bhatnagar and Susann Scherbarth from Friends of the Earth an International, and cross posted from IPS,

“Poor and rural communities are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. It is them – who did the least to create this problem – who are suffering the most from it”

BRUSSELS/MAPUTO, Apr 1 2015 (IPS) - World governments expect to agree to a new global treaty to combat climate change in Paris in December. As the catastrophic impacts of climate change become more evident, so too escalates the urgency to act.

Mar. 31 should have marked a major milestone on the road to Paris, yet only a handful of countries acted on it. Unfortunately, the few plans that were announced before that date show that our leaders lack the ambition to do what it takes to tackle the climate crisis. Read more…

Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: sessions 1 and 2 on Indicators for Goals and Targets

The Monday sessions and the Tuesday morning session focused on member states delivering their concerns about the list of indicators presented by the Statistical Committee for measuring the implementation of the targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Post-2015 agenda. The general notions among member states suggested  that this first draft for the indicators shows there is still a lot of work to be done. The main problem with the current list of indicators can be partially explained by the fact that work had to be accelerated in order to present the list before the current negotiations.

It was acknowledge by most nations that the proper development of the indicators constitutes a crucial part for the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets. The Statistical Committee submitted a timeline for the development of the indicators, which has its culmination date by March 2016, along with the preliminary list of indicators to the Chair. This was presented to the General Assambly to ask for comments and reactions.

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Major Group of Children and Youth Intervention

Our very own Aura Silva had the privilege of sharing the intervention on behalf of the Major Group for Children and Youth this morning in the opening session. The intervention states the thoughts and demands from the position of children and youth on the Sustainable Development Goal indicators that have been discussed here for the past 3 days. The intervention was received very well, especially from Mr. Damaso Luna, the Deputy Director General for Global Issues of the Government of Mexico. He agreed with Aura in her statement that setting back the dates of the targets that have been moved to 2030 is entirely counterproductive.

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