by Sara Löwgren
It is a well-known and widely accepted fact that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion contribute to the greenhouse effect, which in turn leads to warming of the planet and a changing climate. While projects around the world continue to promote renewable energy, the US government spends $4.7 bn annually on fossil fuel subsidies.
Carbon tax is put forward as a solution to our destructive fossil fuel use by environmentalist groups such as Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the PutAPriceOnIt. Let’s have a look at the most compelling arguments.
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.
At every COP meeting, constituencies have the opportunity to address opening and closing plenaries through interventions. The closing of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice closed today at COP22, and a member of our COP22 delegation, Jenna Farineau, gave the speech on behalf of the UNFCCC youth constituency (special thanks and shoutout to all the people who worked on the intervention behind the scenes: Laura Berry, Caroline Jeanmaire, Amalie Cordes, and Jenna Farineau).
You can watch her speech here at 1:13:00 and find the transcript below.
by Aneesa Khan
To be in a room for seven whole hours is arduous in itself. However, for that room to be one filled with painfully complacent idiots, the overpowering smell of corporate power, and sickeningly thundering applause? Well, that can only be described as torturous. Feelings along the lines of delirious levels of fury, profound misery and a fairly good amount of second-hand embarrassment for those in the room were inevitable and rampant.
guest blog by Doreen Stabinsky, Professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic.
Five key fights at the UNFCCC:
The build-up to the December Paris climate summit is focusing world attention on the issue of climate change. In the process, there is significant opportunity to raise and highlight justice issues that lie at the intersection of climate change and food – for example, the fact that climate change will threaten the right to food, with the gravest impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable, through devastating impacts on food production. A second critical issue to highlight is the central role played by industrial systems of agricultural production in causing climate change, in particular through massive emissions from industrial meat production, production and use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, and large-scale monocultures of commodities shipped around the world.