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Global Greens News: December 2015

We end 2015 optimistically! At long last there is momentum towards climate justice coming from COP21 in Paris. Paris was a perfect opportunity for Greens from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas on the sidelines and for the inaugural meeting of the Global Greens Parliamentarians Association. In 2016 let’s continue to expand and strengthen our global political movement through networking, fundraising and collaboration on campaigns and issues. In January we will have information about the 2017 Congress; we hope lots of you will be there either in person or connected via the internet. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Global Greens in 2015; we look forward to connecting with you in 2016 somewhere around the Green world. 

 

 

Global Greens News

COP21 Report - December 2015

COP21 Message from Global Greens Ambassador, Christine Milne 

"Think Globally Act Locally" has been the hallmark of Green Party action since we emerged as a political movement in the 1970's. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who organised marches and local actions, to those who participated in local, state or national governments on policy formulation or in the negotiations in Paris on Government delegations, to those who worked with communities, professional bodies and business to bring about the momentum that has created the Paris Agreement and a chance of securing a habitable planet. 

My overwhelming sense is that it's now going to be a coming together of civil society and business that is unstoppable in driving governments to act on climate or get out of the way. The Greens are brilliantly placed to lead with our global reach, our strong ties to community, our representation in governments at all levels, our independence from vested interests of the fossil fuel industry and our advocacy of Green economics.

Globally we are the only political party in the world today underpinned by the same values and joined by a common charter. Our challenge now is to translate that advantage into a more effective global political force to abandon fossil fuels and drive the global transformation of energy, transport and food systems to a net carbon zero future in a socially just way. We just have to get better organised and think big.

Global is the key focus and strength for us. We have the capacity through our Green family networks to know exactly what each of our countries is doing both good and bad, including land grabbing, nuclear expansion, rorting the accounting rules and we have the capacity to bring that critical perspective to global attention through review and ratification processes of the Nationally Determined Contributions. Imagine the power of Green political days of action in every level of government wherever we are in the world focused on specific pressure points.

From Paris and leading into the Global Greens Conference in 2017 we have to redouble our efforts to work together, to include, listen to, support and build Green Parties in all regions of the world in our discussions and processes and in their elections so that global climate action for us is truly global, equitable and inclusive. The planet needs us and we need each other for encouragement, support, inspiration and hope. I can't wait to get on with the job. Read article

See more ArticlesVideos & Photos by Global Greens at COP21

AFRICA

Avancées et impasses du processus de negociation sur le changement climatique: et maintenant?

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.  En Savoir Plus

AMERICAS

The Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas (FPVA) and Climate Change

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 common home for humanity and where life is respected in all its forms; 2) Implementing systems of social justice in order to allow a fair distribution of wealth and to fight poverty; and 3) Modifying the current economic growth-based model of exponential production-consumption. EnglishEspañolFrançais

Acuerdo de Paris, elementos para una evaluación

El Acuerdo no tiene nada de legalmente vinculante, no consta de controles reales y no prevé posibilidades de punir el país que no cumpla con las promesas. Tampoco toca el tema de los subsidios de más de 500 mil millones de dólares anuales de los que beneficia la industria que produce energía fósil.  Sus prioridades en términos de justicia ecológica también dejan mucho que desear. En resumidas cuentas, la declaración adoptada con tanta pompa, no pasa de ser eso, un catálogo de buenas intenciones, cuya transformación en políticas y en acciones depende por completo de la buena voluntad de los países que adhirieron.  Y sin embargo, luego de haber seguido de cerca las negociaciones estos últimos dos años, no puedo dejar de reconocer que luego de Varsovia, pasando por Lima y Bonn, el resultado de Paris me parece muy alentador. Ello debido a una serie de aspectos positivos. Aquí algunos:  Read More

Diários da COP-21

A partir de agora, os verdes globais terão a tarefa de fiscalizar, propor e pressionar pelo cumprimento do acordo e seguir lutando para que os países façam sua parte e estabeleçam a cada ano metas mais ambiciosas e factíveis. Leia mais artigos de COP21 por Fabiano Carnevale

 

Elizabeth May's COP21 Daily Blogs

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 climate and thus a more prosperous and healthy society. It clearly means the world has accepted that most known reserves of fossil fuels must stay in the ground. Read More

ASIA PACIFIC

Historic Agreement Brings Us Together - Now for the Hard Part

The outcome is historic. The international community is, substantively for the first time, acting as a global community facing a global problem. All 196 parties are accepting a legally-binding obligation to undertake effective action to avert dangerous climate change. The ’92 Framework Convention set up the global objective and structure. The Paris Agreement is requiring nationally-determined contributions from everybody to deliver on the global objective. Now the hard part begins because the 196 parties are, currently, under-delivering on the global effort. More critically, it has yet to be shown that the mechanism for remedying that is structurally sound. Read Article (Kennedy's COP21 blogs)

박근혜 "온실가스 감축" 알고 보니 '딴나라' 이야기

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 (Korean)

Domestic Workers and Climate Change

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 conversion to palm, pesticide use, and modern life. Political, economic, and cultural benefits are often not acquired by the society. We have lost so much in the name of this big investment. We have lost our rights as the sovereign holder of food, land, water, energy, and other natural resources. Read more (English). "Solidaritas Untuk Jepang Catatan Akhir dari COP21 Paris" (Indonesian)

EUROPE

EGP Co-Chairs' Views on the COP21 Climate Agreement

“The outcome of the Climate Conference in Paris signals the beginning of the end of the fossil era. The results of the Paris conference do not guarantee that we will succeed in avoiding runaway climate change. From day one after the conference, we must start improving on its results. European Greens will redouble their efforts together with progressive forces from civil society, from science and from business," said Reinhard Bütikofer.

Monica Frassoni added: "Words now need to be translated into concrete acts. With the current pledges the temperature on the planet will rise to 2.7-3°C over the pre-industrial average. The EU now has an obligation of consistency with the words agreed in Paris: it needs to end the fossil fuel era and stop drilling, while setting new rules and funding for renewables and energy efficiency. The 2030 Energy Strategy is too modest to ensure compliance with the 2°C threshold, not to mention the 1.5°C we must achieve!” Read more

European Green Party's COP21 Daily Reports 

Updates from each day of the COP21 negotiations, including video interviews with Green leaders. Read more

 

GLOBAL GREENS

Global Greens Perspectives on COP21 

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. Watch the Video

 

Global Greens Parliamentarians Association - Inaugural Leaders Meeting

“This is an historic moment for the Greens parliamentarian movement”, said Dr Kennedy Graham (MP, NZ) who hosted the meeting as Convenor of the GGPA. “The Green movement is gathering pace all around the world, and entering parliaments for the first time in many countries. Leading a political party in a national parliament is a major responsibility, and this was a wonderful opportunity for our leaders to bond together and share views and experiences.”  Read statement

Urgent Action Must Follow Paris Agreement: Statement by Green Members of Parliament

The GGPA agreed to develop a Climate Protection Action Plan for 2016, composed of three goals: improving national emission curbs or reductions; encouraging divestment and terminating subsidies of fossil fuels.  Read statement

 

Message from Global Greens Convenor, Margaret Blakers 

We end 2015 optimistically! At long last there is momentum towards climate justice coming from COP21 in Paris. Keli Yen, our new Global Greens Coordinator, is settling in Brussels and starting to prepare the next Global Greens Congress in Liverpool, UK, in March-April 2017. Paris was a perfect opportunity for Greens from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas on the sidelines and for the inaugural meeting of the Global Greens Parliamentarians Association. It’s been a long road from Canberra in 2001 but now we are starting to see the potential of Greens networking globally to share information and experiences and translate values into action inside and outside parliaments.

In 2016 let’s continue to expand and strengthen our global political movement through networking, fundraising and collaboration on campaigns and issues. In January we will have  information about the 2017 Congress and we welcome your ideas for what it might include – topical political themes? special meetings for women? local government? cultural activities? fundraising? political training? We hope lots of you will be there either in person or connected via the internet - now that we’ve held our first webinar (on-line seminar) we know it’s possible to hold global discussions and there will be more.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Global Greens in 2015, enjoy an end of year break and we look forward to connecting with you in 2016 somewhere around the Green world. 

 

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