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  有關10月2日媒體報導「我參與氣候公約遭矮化」乙事,經查我非政府組織進行與會報名時,係以我正式國名「R.O.C. Taiwan」作為所在國家名稱,但聯合國屢次擅自將我與會單位聯絡地址資訊強行變更為China,我與會成員於1995年召開氣候公約第一次締約國大會時即向大會提出抗議,爾後歷次與會亦陸續提出書面或口頭抗議,惟涉及聯合國規章,迄今仍未獲妥善處理。過去民進黨執政八年,每年參加締約國大會受到同樣的待遇,其所面臨的國際政治現實及困境與目前相同。因此,部分在野黨人士,近日以此指責馬政府為「一再退守」、「太過分」、「太離譜」,明顯是以放縱自己人,嚴以責人之「雙重標準」誤導民眾,獲取個人政治利益。新政府上台後積極宣示將推動我國有意參與聯合國相關周邊專業組織或公約,則是希望為此困境找到突破與妥善解決之道。 

        由於我國非聯合國成員,無法簽署聯合國項下環保公約,因此無法以政府代表團身分正式參加相關國際環保公約相關會議與活動;惟氣候公約所進行之全球因應氣候變遷機制與行動,... Read more
In the lead up to the next year's conference the APGN organizers and Taipei-based NGO Earth Passengers, will host a series of Permaculture design classes at the Tu-cheng site. Starting in or around December, the six classes will aim to teach participants core permaculture design principles and practical applications. A special focus will be placed on how to institute the ideas and concepts emerging from the course in order to satisfy the needs of the conference and enhance overall... Read more
In the lead up to the next year's conference the APGN organizers and Taipei-based NGO, Earth Passengers, will host a series of Permaculture design classes at the Tu-cheng site. Starting in or around December, the six classes will aim to teach participants core permaculture design principles and practical applications. A special focus will be placed on how to institute the ideas and concepts emerging from the course in order to satisfy the needs of the conference and enhance overall... Read more
New Zealand MP Kennedy Graham says we need to overhaul our political analysis to help us meet the challenges of the 21st century. Read more
The Kalikasan Institute raises concerns why there is a rush by proponents of H.B. 4631 seeking the recommissioning of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). The Philippines is endowed with sufficient renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal that if sufficiently developed as intended by the recently passed Renewable Energy Law will be more than enough to meet our energy needs in the next few decades. The ill effects of climate change are upon us. While the IPCC in... Read more
THE newly formed network based in Kathmandu, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action, are organising two major events to be held in Butwal and Kathmandu on December 6, 2008.With the help of local NGOs Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) and Collective Institution for Research and Action (CIRA), many young people have been involved in the organisation of these events.In Kathmandu, 500 participants will be gathered at a local sports ground to start a Run for Climate.Joining them will be 50 electric cycles, and... Read more
The hapless people of the Kosi flood plain in northern Bihar were told that the Kosi embankment project would usher in a new era of prosperity and hope for them. These areas are submerged under water for many months each year. Suresh Nautiyal reviews DK Mishra's book, which traces the history of this engineered tragedy Even as the relief contributions continued to pour in from the various quarters for the victims of the Kosi floods in the northern districts of Bihar, the spate of horror stories... Read more
The Global Day of Action came early to Australia when, on 15 November 2008, a Walk Against Warming saw concerned citizens from Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory come together in their respective cities to show our political leaders that Australians are deeply concerned about global warming.These photos are from the Brisbane walk where local campaigners, Elissa Jenkins and Emma Hine, held an APGN banner and were followed behind by many... Read more
Kazumi Inamura, Co-Chair, Greens Japan and City Councilmember, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Global Greens Congress, on May 1st-4th, 2008. Fundacao Memorial da America Latina. São Paulo, Brasil. www.globalgreens.org Read more
Speech by Green Party Taiwan delegate at the Global Greens Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, 3 May 2008 Thank you Global Greens for inviting us to Brazil to take part in this very important conference. Many of you may not know that Brazil does not recognize Taiwan passports, and that our delegation was only able to obtain visas to join this conference on account of the intercession of the Brazilian Green Party. We therefore give our special thanks to the Brazilian Greens and all members of the... Read more
São Paulo, Brazil  3 May 2008 Thank you Global Greens for inviting us to Brazil to take part in this very important conference. Many of you may not know that Brazil does not recognize Taiwan passports, and that our delegation was only able to obtain visas to join this conference on account of the intercession of the Brazilian Green Party. We therefore give our special thanks to the Brazilian Greens and all members of the organizing committee. On account of the efforts of the United States and... Read more
By Bency Ellorin, Partidok Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Philippine Green Party, published in the newsletter Green Party of the United States volume 11, Issue 1With Green Parties spreading across the planet, it's not surprising Green politics are gaining a foothold in the Philippines. Two nationally organized Green groups already exist, and they've started talks towards building a single, national Green Party.   "We are offering Green  politics as a viable alternative to the maddening political... Read more
By Bency Ellorin, Partidok Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Philippine Green Party, published in the newsletter Green Party of the United States volume 11, Issue 1With Green Parties spreading across the planet, it's not surprising Green politics are gaining a foothold in the Philippines. Two nationally organized Green groups already exist, and they've started talks towards building a single, national Green Party.   "We are offering Green  politics as a viable alternative to the maddening political... Read more
“Whatever you are making, if you can add a green dimension to it — making it more efficient, healthier and more sustainable for future generations — you have a product that can’t just be made cheaper in India or China,” said Andrew Shapiro, founder of GreenOrder, an environmental business-strategy group. “If you just create a green ghetto in your company, you miss it. You have to figure out how to integrate green into the DNA of your whole business.”Ditto for our country, which is why we need a... Read more
By Suresh Nautiyal TRANSLATING grave environmental issues into ecological democracy movement is an enormous task before us all in the era of forced globalisation and chosen globalised warming. In fact, the subject is already dried out recipe of modern technologising world even as we wish to move forward in search of ecological sustainability that has been the object of fierce debate in the midst of emblematic North seeing nature as an indiscriminately exploitable resource for their consumption... Read more
ACCORDING to a recent report by the US and European environmental groups, the rapidly industrialising India and China have claimed four of the top ten most polluted places on the planet. The ‘top ten list’ is based on scoring criteria devised by an international group of experts including researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Hunter College, Harvard University, IIT Delhi, University of Idaho, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and leaders of major international environmental remediation companies.... Read more
By: Suresh Nautiyal This monsoon, as we moved closer to Gangotari from the holy town of Uttarkashi, the hum of demon-sized machines, bulldozing sounds of construction vehicles, and dynamite explosions became as perennial as the river Bhagirathi down below the serpentine and muddy road. The dusk was already drawing its dark shades amidst uninterrupted drizzling. The bewildered driver of our vehicle was silently and fearfully negotiating the sharp and unexpected bends even as the friends (two of... Read more

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