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Climate Salvation: urgent but not yet - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 3

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’.

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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.
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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 conversation 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.
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Messages for Ministers

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 term commercial interests. Green Party members from across all continents are in Paris to help make this happen, supported by our members and voters.
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Åsa Romson facilitator for adaptation issues during climate summit

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.

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Sweden's fossil free development pathway

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, less than China of today. A carbon tax has been instrumental to make this happen.

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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.

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Avancées et impasses du processus de négociation 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. Les négociations environnementales ont toujours été très en avance sur ce qui se faisait dans d’autres domaines. La prochaine innovation devrait être de porter les négociations vers la définition d’une convergence à l’horizon 2050. Les concepts d’équité étant très différents d’un pays à l’autre, lancer une telle discussion à l’échelle internationale laisse-t-il dubitatif? Mener des discussions autour des compromis sociaux qui sont derrière les modèles de développement et qui sont au fond le seul moyen de faire bouger la négociation sur le long terme, sur les préférences collectives des uns et des autres, serait-il prioritaire à la COP21 de Paris? Débat sur le « Changement Climatique » Contribution de Papa Meissa DIENG, Juriste Environnementaliste et Chargé d’Enseignement, UFR/SJP Université Gaston Berger ST-Louis, Senegal
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Strengthening Local Community Initiatives to Oppose Exploitation of Natural Resources and Loss of Local Livelihoods

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.

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