Written by Thule van den Dam, Aura Silva Martinez, and Rachael Goldberg
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?!
by Aneesa Khan
It has been almost an entire year since parties to the UNFCCC gathered in the home of fine fromage and disastrous climate deals. The 31-page Paris Agreement came into existence through its adoption on December 12th, 2015 and its birth was met with thunderous applause and tears of joy from rich countries and the French Presidency of COP21. On the frontlines of climate change and amongst the groups that fought for justice, there were tears as well. Miserable tears for the feeble Agreement that was being hailed as the save-all solution. Wretched tears for the genocide of people and the planet that has just been gavelled through. Indignant tears running down faces that swore to return and make governments keep their almost empty promises.
Guest blog by Galen Hecht
Report from World Water Week, Stockholm, August 28-September 2, 2016
“We need a circular economy,” a different model, one that defies the structures that our lawmakers are accustomed to. To achieve water security and sanitation, we need a model that will create self supporting systems, an economy based not on linear growth, but on natural cycles like that of water. This was the resounding message at the finale of World Water Week, spoken by Pablo Bereciartua, Argentina’s Undersecretary for Water Resources, and Torkil Jonch Clauser, of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) who hosted the event.
by Aneesa Khan (Originally posted on The Odyssey Online)
Climate activism burn-out and rediscovering a sense of hope in the movement for food justice.
by Klever Descarpontriez and Aneesa Khan
Last Sunday the 13th of December the news of a new ‘historic’, ‘landmark’, ‘once in a century’ international climate agreement infested the front page of all the major media outlets, especially praising the fact that the agreement was universal and legally binding. Many people seemed to forget that this wasn’t the first time all countries in the world had come together to address the climate crisis. As a matter of fact, we have had a universal legally binding instrument for climate change in place since 1992. Then, why was there so much hype about Paris in particular? Have we forgotten that this is an ongoing process, one that neither started nor ended in France last week?
The first part of this blog is an attempt to summarize the process of almost two and a half decades of negotiations. The second part aims to recap the process that took place in 2015 alone.