As UN climate talks begin: The Global Climate Movement rises

The UN climate talks (COP23) open today in Bonn against a backdrop that is as mixed as ever – on the one hand, we have grim news depicting wars, famines, poverty, financial instabilities, terrorist attacks, the rise of extremism (in political spheres and elsewhere) and the resulting forced mass migration, to name just a few…

Thousands march in Bonn calling for an end to coal now

Tomorrow the UN Climate Talks are set to begin in Bonn. Over the weekend Germany held its largest climate march ever with tens of thousands marching the streets demanding an end to coal. Leading the front were the Pacific Climate Warriors calling on world leaders to keep fossil fuels in the ground.   Originally published by…

The Global Climate Movement is More Powerful than Trump

As the Marrakesh Climate Talks come to an end, there is no denying that the global political landscape has changed with Donald Trump’s election win. But the global climate community remains steadfast. As people from every continent who have spent our lives working for social justice, climate action, and a better future for all, we…

Report from Bonn: Climate action is in the air ..

This week 350.org was at the climate negotiations held in Bonn. I had the privilege of being on the closing press conference organised by CAN; below is the statement made:  This week — and the past few months — have seen an incredible surge of momentum for climate action around the world. Climate action is in the air. People,…

Climate change: Why COP17 matters for the Middle East

Although the Middle East contributes relatively little to greenhouse gas emissions on a global level, several studies have shown that the region is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. These effects include severe droughts, water shortages, and flooding in coastal areas. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published a report last year entitled…

Environmental Voices: The path for climate change beyond Cancun

The UN Climate Change Conference–recently held in Cancun, Mexico–delivered what is considered to be a balanced package of decisions in the form of the ‘Cancun Agreements’ to serve as a foundation for future talks. After serious concerns about the longevity of the UN multilateral system since the fiasco in Copenhagen in 2009, many are now…