End Gaza War Now!

Since this letter demanding the ceasing of Israeli attacks in Gaza was issued, the number of Palestinian deaths has doubled and thousands more are injured.

At social preCCOP: Earth in Brackets, along many other civil society organizations, condemns the continued Israeili attacks on the besieged people of Gaza 

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Divided before a Changing Climate

by khristian méndez //

Bright eyed and still a little weary from a charged first day, the First National Congress on Climate Change carried on today in Guatemala City. As I wrote yesterday, there’s quite a spectrum of political actors and stakeholders regarding climate change. Today, the voices began to show stronger colors, some in stark contrast of each other, characterizing the different sectors of our Guatemalan society as the day ticked away and adaptation is becoming critical.

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Weaving Climate Knowledge in a Torn-Apart Country: the First Guatemalan Congress on Climate Change

by khristian méndez //

History was made today in Guatemala City: Government entities, private sector representatives, all but one of the universities in the country, international organizations, NGOs and indigenous peoples all came together for the First National Congress on Climate Change. To top off a rare collaboration: the presence and keynote address of Vicente Barros, Co-Chair from Working Group 2 of the IPCC, tied a neat bow around this day. After a little shuffling as everyone got their badges, a day ensued with lively conversations not only about climate change, but about how Guatemalans of all colors, native languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and levels of ‘education’ can begin to address climate change in a systematic way together.

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Social PreCOP: the youth take the floor and the mesas begin

photo credit Zack Embree – see www.zackembree.com

by nathan thanki

Work at the social preCOP in Venezuela has finally begun on the process to prepare a declarative document reflecting the demands of social movements in relation to climate change and the international process.

Following a day of presentations from local governments—including the Mayor of Nantes and the Governor of Caracas—day two, called “Youth Take the Floor” began with a panel that included Jamie Peters, Silje Lundberg, Anjali Appadurai, Lorena Terrazas, and an 11 year old Venezuelan “guarda parquista.” Hector Rodriguez, Venezuela’s Minister for Education (Ministro del Poder Popular para Educacion) also featured, and Vice Minister for North America, Claudia Salerno, introduced the speakers and facilitated an extensive dialogue between the audience and panelists. Read more…

Cambiando el Sistema, No el Clima: la PreCOP Social de Julio ha comenzado

texto original por Nathan Thanki, abajo traduccion en  Espanol por Maria Escalante

Saludos a todos desde Isla Margarita, el lugar de la primera preCOP social sobre el cambio climático. En los últimos años, hemos venido publicando en este sitio muchos comunicados, informes, polémicas, y lamentos desde los prefabricados y fríos espacios de las negociaciones sobre cambio climático de la ONU. Hemos visto y escrito cómo el proceso para negociar un nuevo tratado sobre el clima global (o cualquier sea su estado) se puso en marcha en 2011 y ha ido tropezando torpemente hacia adelante desde entonces.

photo credit Zack Emrbee

 

En caso de que no se haya dado cuenta como lector, estos escritos vienen cada vez más cargados de frustración. La “comunidad internacional” de los diplomáticos tiene, con tan sólo unas pocas excepciones notables (inténtelo usted: nombre alguno de los buenos), se ha dado una palmadita en la espalda así mismo y ha quedado al borde del abismo climático. Ahora nos enfrentamos con miedo a la realidad que en conjunto, pero especialmente entre los países ricos e industrializados, el nivel de ambición es tan bajo que el mantenimiento del calentamiento global por debajo de los niveles dañinos es esencialmente imposible.

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