Climate Change: a post-development and post-colonial exploration

My interest in climate justice has been constant through my four years at College of the Atlantic (COA). During my second, third and fourth years I was part of the COA delegations that attended the UN climate negations. In addition, I did my internship at the National University of Mexico in the Political and Social Sciences Faculty where I did research on different ways to promote renewable energy from a public policy perspective.

While attending these spaces, I realized that many of the so-called “climate solutions” assumed particular economic and political goals. It was easy to identify a strong developmental agenda engrained in the climate projects discussed, proposed, and financed at the UN space. With this in mind, for my undergraduate thesis (Senior Project) I decided to explore the UNFCCC discourse on Climate Solutions through the lenses of post-development and post-colonial theory. Read more…

No se trata solo de lo que decimos sino de quien escucha

Original by Andrea Fontana, translated into Spanish by Maria Sanchez Esteban

El primer dia en la COP 23. Con la oportunidad de dirigirnos a la sesión plenaria de apertura de los Órganos subsidiarios en la conferencia, en pleno frenesí, redactamos una declaración en representación de la coalición Climate Justice Now. Nos enfocamos en pérdidas y daños y urgimos que las naciones desarrolladas orienten sus acciones hacia el cumplimiento de sus promesas a países en vías de desarrollo (nada particular ni muy radical- simplemente queremos que se cumplan estas promesas). También demandamos que se reconocieran las pérdidas y los daños causados a la fecha por el cambio climático y que las soluciones a esta crisis climática no se dirigieran por el sector privado (léase capitalismo). #COPitalismkills (El COPitalismo mata). El siguiente texto es una transcripción del discurso con el que alce mi voz por miles de miembros de Climate Justice Now:

 Gracias su presidencia, mi nombre es Andrea Fontana, miembro de Earth in Brackets y Climate Justice Now.

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Con las perdidas por catastrofes naturales acumulandose año tras año y con el tifón Damrey causando estragos en Vietnam en estos mismos instantes, es imposible ignorar que las pérdidas y los daños son una realidad para estas comunidades HOY. Si queremos ofrecer una oportunidad real a las poblaciones afectadas, necesitamos incorporar mecanismos de pérdida y daño permanentemente a la agenda de esta conferencia y necesitamos aclarar los pasos que nos llevaran al fondo de financiamiento y apoyo de 100 mil millones de dólares. Read more…

Reclaim Power 2018 Demands

This morning civil society from across the globe welcomed party negotiators to the COP23 venue with Reclaim Power’s demands that urge governments to start taking action to limit warming to 1.5˚C without destroying the livelihoods of those we are trying to protect.

Reclaim Power's eight demands outside the entrance to COP 23

Reclaim Power’s eight demands outside the entrance to COP 23. (Photo Credit, Claire Miranda)

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The Big Fights at COP23

Written by Thule van den Dam, Aura Silva Martinez, and Rachael Goldberg

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COP23 (Fiji) in Bonn officially started today and we are caught between a rock and a hard place. The Paris Agreement is a watery, empty promise, and a Polish presidency for COP24 is promising to be as dark as the ‘Coal Summit’ that will be hosted at the same time. To hold developed countries accountable to anything, however, this watery, empty promise needs implementation and clarity, never straying from the principles of the convention — common but differentiated responsibility. We need these footholds established this year: we ran out of time long ago.

So, what are the struggles up ahead in the next two weeks and beyond?!

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International Divestment – Nordic Banks Defunding DAPL

by Sara Löwgren

Two Nordic banks are divesting from companies which contribute to the continuous violations of indigenous rights at Standing Rock through their direct involvement in DAPL. The divestment is following a special UN report on indigenous rights and the cancellation of an Environmental Impact Statement after Trump’s inauguration, and strongly supported by Nordic Arctic indigenous Sami people.

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