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…

Drilling the Coast: Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan

By: Rachael Goldberg

On April 20th, 2010, the world witnessed the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Eight years after this devastating disaster, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), under the U.S. Department of the Interior, is in the midst of developing a new five year Oil and Gas Leasing Program.   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.

Presidente, delegados

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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It’s not just about what we say: it’s about who is listening

by Andrea Fontana

Credits Aura Silva Martinez

Credits Aura Silva Martinez

First day at COP23. Having the chance to address the opening plenary of the Subsidiary Bodies at COP23 we frantically put together a statement on behalf of the coalition Climate Justice Now. Focusing on Loss and Damage and requesting developed countries to live up to their commitments to developing countries (don’t worry – nothing too radical here, just trying to have countries fulfill their commitments). Oh yeah, we also asked Parties to recognize the current losses and damages by climate change and to not rely on the private sector – read capitalism – to solve the climate crisis. Because #copitalismkills. Below is what my voice relayed on behalf of thousands of Climate Justice Now members:

Thank you chair, my name is Andrea Fontana, a member of Earth in Brackets and Climate Justice Now.

 Chairs, delegates

 With the losses of climate disasters stacking up year after year and with Typhoon Damrey currently wreaking havoc in Vietnam, it is impossible to ignore that losses and damages are being faced by communities right now. To give impacted peoples a fighting chance, we need the permanent incorporation of Loss and Damage into the agenda of the COP and SB meetings, and we need clarity on the 100-billion-dollar roadmap for real finance and support.

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