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Too much hot air, not enough trust – Day one from the Climate summit

By Barry Coates, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

Memories of the Copenhagen climate summit are never far from the minds of negotiators at the climate change talks currently being held in Paris. In 2009 the Copenhagen talks collapsed in an atmosphere of political mistrust and mutual blame. It has taken six years to get negotiators back to the point of trying again to sign a global agreement.

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Resolving our Cognitive Dissonance - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 2

How to resolve the inherent contradictions, the cognitive dissonance, that continues to bedevil our climate negotiations, a quarter-century on? Can we achieve a workable global consensus on value, agency, and criteria? But ultimately the answer, if there is to be one, lies in new spiritual insight – a paradigmatic change in human self-perception. The initiatives taken in recent years by religious leaders of all faiths are becoming the beacon. If they are emulated by the faithful, and beyond to civil society, to the market and to political leadership, it may reduce the cognitive dissonance we still encounter in this epic struggle, spawning a genuine consensus over how to live on planet Earth. If this were to occur, we might gain a new understanding on what is of intrinsic worth, who is empowered to take legitimate decisions on all our behalf, and what criteria we adopt for determining policy.
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Testing the climate, taunting the gods - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 1

Kennedy Graham MP, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

The national leaders of the world – there are, strictly as yet, no world leaders – have assembled in Paris and offered their wisdom on how to save the climate of planet Earth from humans, in the sense at least of keeping it congenial for humankind, and maybe a few other life-forms.

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Listen to Global Greens COP21 Webinar

Listen to presentations from the first ever Global Greens webinar (online seminar) where Green leaders from around the world previewed next week's COP21 climate summit in Paris.
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Global Greens News: November 2015

World leaders are going to Paris on 30 November. So are the Greens. We will be in the global climate marches on the weekend of 27 to 29 November, and we will be at COP21 in Paris. Whatever the outcome in Paris, this is just the beginning. Join an action near you and make your voice heard before, during, and after COP21. Looking forward to the future, there's one date you need to save: in March-April 2017 the Global Greens and European Greens will hold a combined Congress in Liverpool, UK! This will be the fourth Global Greens Congress and the first in Europe. In this climate themed November Global Greens newsletter, read more news from each Federation.
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Yes we can! New Zealand Green Party's Climate Plan

At COP21 this December 2015 the international community will produce a new global climate agreement. Each nation must commit to ambitious domestic emissions reduction targets to achieve the global objective of limiting global temperature increase to less than 1.5°C with the benchmark of 2°C by 2030.

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