Development Justice Now! Declaration of the Peoples’ Global Camp at WTO

as the latest WTO round closed in Bali this week, we are cross-posting the declaration which came out of the Peoples’ Global Camp.

We, representatives of people’s organizations, social movements and political forces come together in the People’s Global Camp (PGC) in Denpasar, Bali on December 3-6, 2013 to collectively expose, resist and call to junk the renewed neoliberal offensives of the World Trade Organization.

We bring the experiences of struggles from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and the United States, to further advance the people’s rights and to affirm our collective resistance against the new round of deception and maneuverings pushed by the WTO in this 9th Ministerial Meeting. Read more…

DUMPED: Japan’s fling with climate finally ends, three years after giving up custody of lovechild Kyoto

by Anjali Appadurai


It was a move that had been expected with dread: on Friday morning Tokyo time, the Japanese government announced its new greenhouse gas emissions target for 2020. The numbers are grim. Japan will cut emissions by 3.8 per cent from its 2005 level by 2020; this translates to an increase of 3.1 per cent from its 1990 levels. The government had been reviewing its international emissions pledges in light of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Read more…

Photo: Push Europe

Response to ‘Concern’ over Reclaim Power Actions at the World Coal Conference

cross posted from Push Europe

As you probably already know we have been busy planning Reclaim Power – Month of Action on Energy for the past few months & the focus of week two in Europe is People Vs Coal.  With Berlin hosting ‘Coaltrans Berlin’ – the 33rd world coal conference, bringing together over 600 companies with interests in coal – our groups and partners thought that this would be a fitting focus for our campaigning.

We are clearly making an impact already, as on the 11th October we received an email from the Managing Director of Coaltrans Conferences.  The email said…

Dear Sir/Madam

I am the Managing Director of the firm which runs a variety of coal conferences and also renewable energy conferences. I am concerned about your plans in relation to the conference in Berlin in October and would appreciate it if someone could get in touch at your convenience. Read more…

Nature and Youth Celebrate

Victory in Lofoten!

This has been cross-posted from our good friend and ally Silje Lundberg’s website – We are proud to know Nature and Youth activists who have tirelessly fought to keep LoVeSe oil free in a difficult political climate. In July, 6 members of Earth in Brackets visited Lofoten for a Young Friends of the Earth Europe camp.

by Silje Lundberg

Last night we got the news we’ve been working towards for the last years: the vulnerable areas in the high north of Norway, the Lofoten islands, are to be kept closed from the oil industry for the next four years. This is a major victory to the local fishermen who’ve been fighting this for more then two decades and to us, the people. Read more…

capitol building

CITES COP 16: What is your country doing?

by [earth] guest blogger

What are people doing here, anyway?

Day 2 of CITES COP 16 was *eventful*. I’m going to try to make more targeted posts from now on, and I got a great idea for one this morning when I was chatting with one of my friends from the USA, who had some questions for me:

Friend: “Are delegates deciding what to bring back to their countries in these meetings?”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Friend: “As in, countries cannot officially pass policies there, right? So they discuss with other countries what needs to be done nationally, and then take it back to their own governments.”

Me: “Oh, yeah they can.”

This is a good question. It’s an implementation question. And maybe some of the nuances of CITES aren’t clear, or aren’t talked about as much as some of the bigger conservation implications. But I love the technical aspects of this Convention! So here we go:

As with any discussion about CITES, there are a few things to keep in mind:

1. CITES deals with international trade primarily through implementation of the 3 Appendices

2. It does not regulate the taking (a.k.a hunting, killing, poaching, harvesting, etc.) of wildlife.

3. It does not have any sway over domestic trade–trade within a country.

What actually happens at these COPs? What kinds of decisions are being made?

Read more…