Back in December 2015 I met S, a young Gambian activist, at a workshop in Paris art COP21. The workshop was a speak-out, or Forum, run by my organisation 'Sustaining All Life'. Several young African activists from Activista spoke about the devastating effect climate change has had on their families. S told us about the effects … Continue reading ‘Sustaining All Life’ in the Gambia
A great weight fell out of the sky. A cartoon figure, a frightening caricature of a human with unlikely hair. It landed smack in the middle of the careful preparation and hopeful prospects of COP22 and caused a certain disruption. Displaced fragments of plans and strategies flew all over the place, and some of them haven't yet … Continue reading Whatever happened at COP22?
Over 55% of signatories to the Paris COP21 agreement have now ratified it, so it comes into force. Happy? Not yet. 'Ratification' means that the individual countries have gone through whatever processes they had to at home to legally bind their country to this international agreement. The Paris agreement remains a success of good will and … Continue reading The Paris agreement comes into force. Good luck Marrakesh…
The threat from climate change to human existence and wellbeing is even more urgent than we thought, argues an article in New Republic. Data from a Norwegian energy consultant, Rystad (and they'll sell you the details for a mere $54,000) shows that to have even a two thirds chance of staying below the catastrophic increase of … Continue reading Standing Rock Camp and the Dakota Access Pipeline
The junior doctors were on strike yesterday - April 6th 2016 - and again today. I've just come back from the picket line. ('Junior' doctors in the UK are qualified and not necessarily young. They may have been working in the NHS for 15 years and heading up teams, but they are not yet consultants, and are continuing … Continue reading UK junior doctors’ strike – and climate change.
"By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster" wrote George Monbiot in the Guardian on 12th Dec. The inclusion of the aspiration towards a 1.5 degrees limit is a 'resounding victory'. But, but, but... "Our governments talk of not burdening future generations with debt. … Continue reading Green Views on Paris Agreement summarised
Because I'm working, if you call activism working, almost all the time, this blog will always be a bit late. But then it's an inside view. And an inside view is only the bit you see. We went to the human chain, and we talked and listened to activists, but I never saw the huge … Continue reading The March that wasn’t… and inside the COP