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The Paris Agreement is an historic and potentially life-saving agreement. It does more than many of us expected when the conference opened on November 30. It will be legally binding. It sets a long term temperature goal of no more than 1.5 degrees as far safer than the (also hard to achieve) goal of no more than 2 degrees. In doing so, it may save the lives of millions. It may lead to the survival of many small nations close to sea level. It may give our grandchildren a far more stable... Read more
Author: Partido Alianza Verde La jefa de temas climáticos de la ONU, Christiana Figueres, el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, el ministro de Exteriores de Francia, Laurent Fabius, y el presidente de Francia, Francois Hollande. La conferencia de París sobre el cambio climático finalmente ha dado frutos. Los 195 países reunidos en esa ciudad aprobaron este sábado un acuerdo final que entrará en vigor a comienzos de 2016. "El punto más importante es el acuerdo para que el aumento de la... Read more
GGPA Leaders group photo Dec 2015, GGPA Leaders group meeting - December 2015
Paris, 12 December 2015The parliamentary leaders of Green parties around the world held an historic first meeting at the UN climate conference in Paris, today.The meeting was hosted by the Global Greens Parliamentarian Association (GGPA), a group established at the Global Greens Congress in Senegal in 2012.  Leaders from six countries attended: Åsa Romson (Sweden), Caroline Lucas (UK), Didace Pembe (DR Congo), Elizabeth May (Canada), Richard Di Natale (Australia) and James Shaw (NZ).“This is an... Read more
At present, the text fails to avert dangerous climate change. A diplomatic success in producing a document. A political failure in that the document does not guarantee attainment of the stated purpose. In what ways does it not, will it not, do that? In two ways: 1) The global emissions reductions are inadequate, both as to magnitude and speed; 2) There is no meaningful exploration of national responsibility levels for sharing the Global Carbon Budget. Read more
The President’s text of 9 Dec. has weakened the co-chairs’ text of 5 Dec. to a dangerous degree. With mitigation, there are eight main components: purpose, long-term goal, individual effort, progression, timing, ex ante process, adjustments, and stocktake. With four of these, the text remains more or less unchanged (individual effort; progression, timing and adjustment). But in four others, the text is weakened, as is shown below. Read more
The only sustainable solution comprises working on the root cause of ecological imbalance and this implies the development of an environmental consciousness within humanity. We believe that the essential obligation of the Green Parties of the world is to promote living conditions that enable practical environmental awareness. Therefore our work should include: 1) Establishing education systems that promote an alternative view of the economy and society, one where the planet is seen as the... Read more
La seule solution durable implique travailler sur les causes à l'origine du dérèglement écologique au niveau planétaire, ce qui implique le développement de la conscience environnementale dans l'ensemble du genre humain. Nous croyons donc que l'obligation essentielle des partis Verts du monde est de promouvoir des conditions de vie idéales pour atteindre une telle conscience environnementale. Par conséquent, notre travail devrait inclure: 1) Mettre en place des systèmes d'éducation promouvant... Read more
La única solución sostenible incluye trabajar en el origen profundo del desequilibrio ecológico y ello implica el desarrollo de la conciencia ambiental de la humanidad. Consideramos que la obligación esencial de los Partidos Verdes del mundo es promover condiciones de vida para alcanzar esta conciencia ambiental. Por ello proponemos: 1) Establecer sistemas de educación con una visión diferente, donde el planeta sea visto como el hogar común donde se respeta la vida en todas sus formas; 2)... Read more
Dr Kennedy Graham (MP, New Zealand), Global Greens delegate to COP-21 The new ‘text’ circulated this week at COP-21 tells the story of our global drama.  The ‘Ad Hoc Working Group for Enhanced Action’ has submitted the text to the Conference of the Parties which is now required to deliberate and adopt it.  This is jargon for ‘the diplomatic grouping responsible for the future of Earth’. There are two documents. The first is the draft Paris Agreement that is essentially a protocol to the 1992... Read more
 파리총회에 참가하고 있는 한국 종교계와 시민사회 피켓시위 박근혜 대통령이 유네스코 특별연설하는 건물 앞에서 종교계를 비롯한 한국시민사회 참가단에 항의 집회를 하고 있다
박근혜 대통령이 지난달 30일(현지 시각) 제21차 유엔기후변화협약 당사국총회(COP21)에서 한 연설이 화제이다. 한국은 신기후체제 출범을 위해 2030년까지 BAU 대비 온실가스 37%를 줄이는 '야심찬' 목표를 설정했다고 발표했다. 에너지 신산업 육성을 통해 100조 시장을 열고, 50만 개의 일자리를 창출한다는 비전도 제시했다. 그러나 대통령이 제시한 목표는 '야심찬' 것이 아니며, 멋지게 보이는 에너지 '신세계'는 한국에서 벌어지는 상황과는 딴판이다. 대통령이 국제사회에서 한국이 아닌 '딴 나라' 이야기를 한 것일까? 녹색당이 대통령의 기후변화총회 연설을 분석했다. Read more
The main problems that drag women to become workers abroad, especially as domestic workers, are due to limited living space caused by massive expansion of big plantations, such as palm, pulp paper, or any other big investment. ... For the sake of economic growth, local communities are imposed upon to follow the capital owner's homogenisation of commodities such as agricultural conversation to palm, pesticide use, and modern life. Political, economic, and cultural benefits are often not acquired... Read more
Increasing the level of ambition will require trust and cooperation that has been sorely lacking in negotiations over the past 23 years. It is essential that countries abide by the spirit of the agreement without trying to twist the rules for their own advantage. That means there need to be clear rules and definitions, and strong accountability mechanisms. These next few days are crucial. We need politicians to step up and elevate their vision beyond the interests of polluters and their short... Read more
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Yesterday evening, the French Presidency appointed Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson as facilitator for adaptation negotiations during the COP21 Climate Conference. Sweden has also been appointed EU negotiator for issues concerning financing, technology diffusion and capacity building.The Presidency's appointment as facilitator means that Ms Romson, together with Minister of Planning and Development René Orellana from Bolivia, will try to get the countries of the world to... Read more
Countries in the world need new pathways for development, away from fossil carbon into renewable and fossil free future.Sweden of today is built on revenues from the steel and paper industry, but our development has not finished. Climate change is now questioning the old development pathways.Sweden is in a good position, we have nearly managed to phase out fossil energy in the sectors of heating and electricity. Our carbon emission accounted for in the Kyoto protocol shows 5,5 ton per capita,... Read more
Green leaders from Africa, Americas, Europe, Asia and the Global Greens share their views on what's emerging in the COP21 climate negotiations and the opportunities for Greens around the world to continue making more progress. Read more
La question d’une vision partagée et de ce que doit être une convergence d’intérêt sur le changement climatique nécessite une discussion d’ordre quasiment philosophique. Sinon, on risque de perdre beaucoup de temps, de négociations techniques en négociations techniques, avec chaque fois des arguments présentés qui nous empêcheront d’avancer. Nous devons avoir le courage politique d’affronter une discussion de fond. Les négociations environnementales ont toujours été très en avance sur ce qui se... Read more
By: Green Union Indonesia (Sarekat Hijau Indonesia) Indonesia has all the prerequisites to be a rich nation, with extensive natural resources such as minerals, coal, forests, ocean and coastal assets, farm land and plantations which are the lifeblood of local communities and the source of prosperity of its people. Prior to large scale investment and the opening up of access to Indonesia’s natural resources by the Soeharto‘New Order’regime, Indonesia had full sovereignty over its natural... Read more
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