Australians say lift climate targets as UN summit approaches – @takvera #Auspol #COP21






According to a Lowy Institute public opinion poll conducted in October-November 2015 over half of Australia’s population believes that climate change is “a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs”. Over the last few years concern has been steadily growing about climate change and the need […]






Activists vow to mobilise at #COP21 climate summit despite protest ban reports @takvera






At a press conference in Paris on Friday afternoon activists unveiled how they would mobilize people in France to have a say despite the state of emergency that prohibts mass protests. The Climate 21 coalition, a coalition of 130 groups involving unions, environment, community and climate activist associations, are adamant that the protests scheduled on […]






Large #Climate protests for #COP21 banned in #Paris and France reports @takvera






This afternoon the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, ruled that the two large climate marches in Paris and the main cities in France on November 29 and December 12 would be prohibited. Negotiations between climate activist organisations and the French state have been ocurring early this week regarding approval for civil society public events and […]






Europe Diary: #Nantes, the abolition of slavery and #climate change – @takvera






On Sunday I visited the Memorial to the abolition of slavery in Nantes and was deeply moved. It is located on the bank of the Loire River, opposite the Palais de Justice that stands on the Ile de Nantes. The city of Nantes has looked into the darkness of it’s past in abuse of human […]






Solidarity with the murdered victims in Paris: @takvera reports from #Nantes #jesuisparis






My journey to the UN climate conference in Paris has involved staying in the regional city of Nantes for a week. Too short a period to do it justice, I fear. The atrocities committed in Paris have already overshadowed my stay in this green and progressive city. I attended a meeting in Nantes last Friday […]






Halloween heat in UK , France says @takvera travelling to #Paris2015 #Cop21 #climate talks






I have been travelling in England and Europe for 6 weeks now. It is supposed to be Autumn going into Winter, yet there is still plenty of warmth despite the shorter days. Other than a few days of rain, it has been remarkably fine: T-shirt and shorts weather, although a jacket is sometimes needed for […]






#Hazelwood owner #Engie stops new #coal investment reports @takvera






There has been a campaign to close down the aging and highly polluting Hazelwood coal mine and power station for several years. Hazelwood’s French owner GDF Suez recently rebranded itself as Engie and in their latest announcement declared they would stop investing in new coal plants. But they refused to give any changed undertaking regarding […]






Manila statement for #climate action calls for solidarity and justice reports @Takvera #COP21






The leaders of France and the Philippines issued an ambituous call from Manila for a global climate deal in Paris at the end of 2015. The President of France François Hollande (@fhollande) and President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III issued the Manila call to action on climate change on 26 February 2015. The […]






France, a country driven by différence: @burgewords #CreatingWaves






  It’s safe to assume our Treasurer Joe Hockey would not have enjoyed a trip to France with Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier this month. There’s just too many wind turbines across the French landscape. Hockey would have been offended every few kilometres. I should know, I spent hours admiring the French commitment to clean wind-generated […]