The Paris agreement comes into force. Good luck Marrakesh…

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…

Bees

Have you noticed the absence of environmental issues in the media whenever there are big party political struggles, as currently in the UK, or where capitalist profits are at stake? The public visible world concerns economic growth or lack of it, interest rates, proposed burka bans, migration, terrorist attacks, the Olympics, the intentions of China or Russia. All these … Continue reading Bees

An unusual meeting

At the end of June, I went to the middle-class conference in Toronto which I referred to in my last post. And since I’d decided to emit all that carbon, on the way home I spent two weeks with old friends in Newfoundland, where I once worked. It was hard to follow the news in … Continue reading An unusual meeting

Green Views on Paris Agreement summarised

"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

Spaces and Stories

As you get onto the shuttle buses at Le Bourget station you are herded between barriers and waved into the right door by young men and women with pleasant unvarying smiles. A few yards behind them stand the armed police, ready to step forward if you refuse to be managed. And as you get off your bus and … Continue reading Spaces and Stories

The March that wasn’t… and inside the COP

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

Despair and complacency

LAST WEEK I WENT TO TWO MEETINGS My first meeting was small, in the back room of an anarchist cafe. Heavy vegan cake - but free. A dedicated place where for 20 years activists have organised, people have been fed every Sunday for very little or no money, where the profit motive has no place at … Continue reading Despair and complacency