Russel Norman MP on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 13:12 The Green Party has set its two key political priorities for the next term as tackling climate change and inequality and has issued a challenge to the Government to make 2015 the year it wages war on both. In his speech in reply at Parliament today, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman will say the Green Party would focus on the twin crises facing our nation and the world – climate change and inequality. “In 2015, we can end child... Read more
Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou katoa. A brief history of climate change What a summer! It’s been hot, even here in Wellington. All over the country, green fields have turned a golden brown, rivers have dried up or slowed to a trickle, and, unfortunately for our farmers and for our native plants and animals, the threat of drought now hangs heavy over the land. Will 2015 be another record year for the climate? Last year was the warmest year on record around the world. Nine of the ten... Read more
On 25 January, Syriza won Greece’s parliamentary election with 36 percent of the votes. That translates into 149 out of the 300 seats in the Greek Parliament, including 50 bonus seats for being the largest party. Greek voters have decisively changed the political tide away from the previous conservative government’s cuts to public services and towards public investment values. This signifies what may become a shift in fiscal and monetary policy across Europe and beyond. Read more
Project Summary The national Executive Committee meeting of the Greens PH last November 30, 2014 reiterates the need for an specialize program that will address the gap between the need to support the local Greens institute in providing legal and paralegal experts in the area considered as a potential for conflict. This brings the idea of formulating a plan in establishing a Paralegal Network that will immediately provide the required services in the respective areas of operation. The... Read more
Global Greens statutes signed at La Paz GGC meeting
Way back in 2001, at the first Global Greens Congress in Canberra, Reinhard Buetikofer proposed that the Greens should unite around a single battlecry – ‘save the climate’. This year we finally took our first real steps towards this aim. Not only is there huge potential for Greens locally and globally to connect and share common strategies for action on climate change and energy; it is imperative that we do so – climate change presents such an existential threat to humanity and to the... Read more
Peshawar (yellow)
The Global Greens strongly condemn the barbaric act of terrorism by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacking the Peshawar school on 16 December 2014; the attack claimed 141 lives, including 132 school children.  The Global Greens urges the Government of Pakistan and the international community to bring the perpetrators to a court of justice.    The Pakistan government has indicated that TTP terrorists received direction for the Peshawar school attack from bases in Afghanistan; the Global... Read more
The Lima climate talks did not go far enough to engender confidence for an ambitious global pact in Paris, but it has pulled negotiations back from the brink of collapse.If this UN process is to change for the better, we must accept that two realities are being lived by rich and poor nations, and Australia must stop being miserly and obstructive.Developed countries want to focus on mitigation. The developing world, like our Pacific Island neighbours, are struggling with the impacts of ever... Read more
Senator Waters with climate guardian angels
While Australia’s conservative, anti-science Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, fought to keep climate change off the agenda at the G20, world leaders and the community made sure it was a focus. According to our climate denialist Prime Minister, climate change is apparently not an economic issue. This is of course despite the facts that climate change will have a major impact on food security and human health and will risk entire nations through sea level rise. Many of the world’s major economies... Read more
The Greens/EFA group's Terhi Lehtonen, Advisor on Environmental Issues, gives her 4th briefing from COP20, (See: briefing One, Two, Three & Four).  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/   The negotiations on the draft COP decision covering the scope, upfront information and assessment process of INDCs (intended nationally determined contributions)  for the Paris agreement grinded to crawl speed if not to a halt. The G77 /China spent most of the... Read more
The Greens/EFA group's Terhi Lehtonen, Advisor on Environmental Issues, gives her 4th briefing from COP20, (See: briefing One, Two & Three).  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/  Rather an uninspiring day at the negotiations, a lot of talk and little agreement. Below some notes from the COM daily briefing to EP at 17h30, from the  Green breakfast and briefing by Climate Action Network Europe Director Wendel Trio, complemented by some... Read more
The Greens/EFA group's Terhi Lehtonen, Advisor on Environmental Issues, gives her 3rd briefing from COP20, (briefing One & Two).  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/  While the texts under negotiations for the outcomes here in Lima seem to be rather out of touch with reality of the climate emergency, there are some positives. The latest science and the IPCC 5th assessment report have begun to sink in, and while just two years ago even in the... Read more
Watch the Greens leaders' media conferenceheld in Lima on Wednesday 10 December. Plus a big thankyou to everyone who donated to send Global Greens Executive Secretary Veronica Juzgado to Lima. Read more
The principle that life matters more than money should prevail in the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru! Life is more essential! Let us pay for the cost of carbon emission reduction! We call for South Korea’s Park administration to abandon its plan to increase nuclear power and kick off an effort to cut back carbon emission on a full scale. The 20th meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20) has convened since December 1 in Lima, Peru. The Earth’s average... Read more
We are already on the 5th day of the Summit. Until now only technical decisions have been taken, like the election of the COP20 President (Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s Environment Minister), the adoption of the agenda and the acceptance of observer organizations. This week, the Summit is of an essentially technical nature. Most political leaders have not arrived yet in spite of the glamorous and dramatic opening of the Summit and most media are therefore waiting until next week to focus on the... Read more

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