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Climate Justice Now!
| COP VoxPops: Cecil from the EJCC talks about environmental justice |

Watch the video of Cecil from the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative talking about why it's important to recognise the social dimensions of climate change where impacts affect communities of colour disproportionately, particularly in the area of health.

For more information on environmental justice see EJCC website

by: ProfMKD @ 7:04 PM | 0 comments links to this post

| Following the Key Master... |

Following the Key Master...
Originally uploaded by The Compilers.
Durban Group colleagues watch over Bill Clinton on the internal monitors at the COP/MOP in Montreal
(Reuters says Clinton steals the show.)

by: ProfMKD @ 5:41 PM | 0 comments links to this post

| What do they really mean? |
Today at the climate talks in Montreal, the International Chamber of Commerce (the World's Business Organisation) held a press conference to explain the business position going forward. We took it upon ourselves to explain in clearer English what they actually mean in their statements with the occassional pop culture reference to the cult film The Matrix to boot. Here's a quick run-through of a few choice quotes from their most recent list of demands to governments:

"Engage broad international participation to address risks effectively."
translation: Involve the most disruptive countries so we can be sure it takes forever to get anywhere and we annoy everyone in the process smashing their hopes and dreams against the rocks of despair. Wee hee!

"Continue to pursue both voluntary and market-based approaches and engage capital markets."
translation: Don't unplug the Matrix! Regulate us at your own peril humans!

"Encourage utilization of the full-range of energy options."
translation: Nukes are da bomb, yo!

"Address adaptation needs particularly in developing countries."
translation: ...because WE'RE not going to foot the bill.

"Stimulate the broader use of existing efficient technologies, and support research, development and global deployment of new technologies in all sectors."
translation: Give us your lunch money!

"With more than 8,000 member companies from every sector in over 140 countries, ICC the world business organization, is the largest, most representative private-sector association in the world."
translation: Do you hear that, Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability.

"Business representatives have been present throughout COP-11, engaging government delegates and other participants on climate-related issues and the need for long-term solutions."
Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call when you are unable to speak?

by: ProfMKD @ 12:54 PM | 0 comments links to this post

| COP Voxpops: Tom Goldtooth gives his perspective on the official talks |
Watch the video of Tom Goldtooth, activist from the Indigenous Environment Network, gives his view on being inside the official climate talks in Montreal. He explores why the process and culture of the talks conflicts with the approach of indigenous peoples to communication. Tom states what really needs to be done to take action on climate change including turning off the fossil fuel valve and fundamentally changing our relationship with Mother Earth.

For more on climate justice and indigenous peoples see IEN website

by: ProfMKD @ 12:49 PM | 0 comments links to this post

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