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Civil Society Demanding Urgent Action to Ensure Protection and Justice for Climate Migrants under the UNFCCC

by Andrea Fontana

On Thursday November 10th, civil society mobilized with a series of events to ask for legal protection and immediate action for climate migrants. The call to action was sparked from the fact that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change does not offer legal protection for the average 21.5 million people that are displaced every year by the adverse impacts of climate change.

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A COP of Action?

By Laura Berry & Margherita Tommasini

“As we open COP 22, 100 parties have ratified the Paris Agreement. All together, we have made possible what they said it was impossible and we have done it with determination, we never gave up, this is a historic moment” ~Ségolène Royal, President of COP21

The official Opening Ceremony and first plenary session of the COP 22 climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco took place today, signifying the formal return to the negotiation table for Parties to the Paris Agreement. The President of COP 21, Ségolène Royal, introduced the session by celebrating the entry into force of the Agreement, which took place on November 5th.

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Why do I [want to] work for climate justice?

Guest blog by Rebecca Haydu

When I ask myself this, I am met with more questions than answers. Where does positive change actually come from, and who decides what that looks like? What does it mean to engage in an international space like the United Nations as compared to working at home? Where does the movement for climate justice begin and end? How does someone like me fit in all of this? It’s easy to find a linear narrative of struggle and hope to latch onto, but much harder to face these nuances and complexities, to challenge even the narratives that we lean on as activists.

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[Earth] Debrief COP21 at Uppsala University

By Sara Velander

After two and a half weeks of navigating our way across Paris whether it’s attending the circus of negotiations at the Le Bourget, taking frequent naps at our hostel at Gare du Nord, making banners at the art space in Jardin d’Alice or leading workshops at the Climate Action Zone, it is time for debrief. Once the negotiations ended and civil society demonstrations took place on December 12th the delegation (minus two) packed up their bags and left two days later to the small, nordic town of Uppsala, the location of our COP21 debrief session. Read more…

The WHAT after Paris?

By Aura Silva Martinez

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There were over 160 people sitting in layers around a big, wide circle at the Climate Coalition 21 assembly. An ongoing wave of comments, questions and answers was being thrown to a multitude of unresponsive chairs. This was an overwhelming experience for me, and despite being a somewhat inefficient space where having a real, meaningful conversation was significantly difficult, it was here were many of my current thoughts about the future of the movement started to flourish. Read more…