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 to take action. The Lowy Institute points out that this is an increase of 16 percentage points since 2012 to 52 per cent. Another 36 per cent of people reckon that “The problem of global warming should be addressed, but its effects will be gradual, so we can deal with the problem gradually by taking […]

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 November 29 and December 12 should proceed in some form taking into account the altered security requirements and sensitivity to the Paris attacks victims and their families. “We will not renounce our mobilization, but we thought about other ways to occupy public space,” said Juliette Rousseau, spokesperson for the Coalition according to a le Monde […]

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 the two huge mobilisations, but without coming to agreed solutions. The Paris Prefecture of Police informed Climat21 Coalition late this afternoon (18 November) of the decision to prohibit the two marches. My sources inform me that any street protest during the COP is also prohibited. According to an Le Monde report (fr), the Ministry of […]

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 rights and sought to document and reflect on that history. There are lessons here in the anti-slavery campaign for the climate change movement.

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 discussing ‘Global warming: who profits?’ It was part of a month long program of debates, films, a concert, artistic performances and expositions. I was made welcome, though my high school french vocabulary from 45 years ago is nothing but a few words. I followed the initial visual presentation in bits and pieces being familiar with […]

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 chilly evenings. Even in Switzerland I was wearing T-shirts and shorts, only pulling on a warm jacket for the journey to the top of Mount Titlis at over 3000 metres altitude in the European Alps. I realize with my full bag I have probably brought far too many warm weather clothes expecting much cooler Autumn […]

#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 operating plants such as Hazelwood and Loy Yang B power stations in the La Trobe Valley of Victoria. [View the story “#Hazelwood owner #Engie stops new #coal investment” on Storify]

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 statement calls on nations to step up for an ambitious and fair agreement based on climate science to be concluded at the UNFCCC climate talks, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), scheduled for Paris in December 2015. The statement was read by Filipino Senator Loren Legarda (@loren_legarda) and French Oscar winning actress Ms Marion […]

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 energy as endless, slender, spinning white needles slid past on my high-speed rail journey into the heartland of the country’s southwest. There is no doubt in the Lot they know that they’ve got, culturally and environmentally, and they are busy protecting it. In the region known as the Lot (with its capital Cahors), massive forests […]