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Canada Greens MP: Why I am marching

On Sunday September 21 I will be with my daughter in New York, marching with tens of thousands of concerned citizens – demanding action on the climate crisis. The march is timed to build pressure on world leaders and in support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Solutions Summit on September 23.

In December 2013, I was in Warsaw at the 19th Conference of the Parties within the world’s legally binding climate treaty, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change when the Secretary General announced the summit. He wants to push governments to make real progress.


APGN Resolution on Climate Change and Renewable Energy: Taipei Accord

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(Drafted for 2nd Asia Pacific Greens Meeting 2010, Taipei) *1)

On the occasion of the 2nd APGN Conference in 2010, we Asia Pacific Greens Network (APGN) adopted the following resolution in Taipei, Taiwan.

A global climate policy – thoughts for Xmas

by Kennedy Graham

These past five weeks, I have visited Europe studying climate policy.  I attended the UN’s 19th climate conference, UNFCCC COP-19, in Warsaw.  After Poland, I visited Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom and European Union (Brussels).  And I retraced my UN steps to the Middle East (Jordan) and spoke with leaders there as well.


National Climate Policy – 3. Norway

And what of Norway?

It’s oil on troubled waters. Norway has the oil. And it has hydro. Both are, to some extent, problematic.

Oil makes it rich – what some say is the ‘divided economy’. There is the oil-driven part that revs up prices (a dinner out for two in Oslo is over 50% higher than Wellington or Auckland). And there is the traditional rural economy of agriculture and fishing, which doesn’t.




Global climate policy – ‘Acknowledging’ & ‘Declaring’ – what’s the difference?

by Kennedy Graham

Acknowledging and declaring are different things.  And that is the underlying explanation for our problematic climate future.

The question is, does a crisis exist?  A crisis is defined as

“a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point’ or


Climate Change – What can, and can’t, the UN do?

by Kennedy Graham

If the international climate negotiating process is going too slowly, and it is, what can be done?

As noted earlier, there are two prescriptive ways of reacting to the failure to date: do the same but try harder, or try something different.  In post-Warsaw discussions with UN officials, I have been exploring the first option.


Contemplating the Global Carbon Budget - nervously

by Kennedy Graham

We’d all like to avoid dangerous climate change, especially those under 20.  If you are a bright year-8 school student, you will be at your professional peak in 2050, and a proud, if apprehensive, centurion in 2100.   I shall be dead, but I am equally determined to avoid dangerous climate change.


Fiddling with the ‘firewall’ while Earth burns – making sense of COP19

by Kennedy Graham

The 19th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ended in Warsaw on Saturday.   Last-minute concessions produced a limp agreement.  A Copenhagen-style train-wreck has been avoided.



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