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Our time in Paris

There is something odd about being in a city and feeling at the centre of the action, but knowing that the real action is taking place only a few kilometres away – and you haven’t been invited. Whilst we sang … Continue reading

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Did the Paris climate agreement deliver what people need?

Friends of the Earth International, civil society groups, trade unions and community groups had agreed the ‘People’s Test on Climate‘ by which to judge the Paris talks back in June 2015. The test was effectively a series of demands to … Continue reading

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People Power in Paris: We are making another world possible

After 4 days of false starts, or rather false endings – the final Paris Agreement text was eventually produced at 1:30CET, and gavelled though after a last minute fight over ‘should’ or ‘shall’ at 19:20 today. Its only saving grace … Continue reading

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People Power at Paris Climate Summit

The French chair of the process at the climate conference is aiming to get a final agreement signed by 6pm tomorrow. Past experience suggests this is unlikely. I’ve already several times experienced that familiar feeling of turning up at the … Continue reading

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Halfway through, far from halfway there

At the halfway point of the Paris climate talks very little progress has been made on any of the key issues up for negotiation; that is, issues fundamental to the survival of the human race. Parties to the UN Climate … Continue reading

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What is Scotland’s role in tackling climate change?

WHAT is Scotland’s role in tackling the greatest crisis of our time? The day after the COP21 negotiations in Paris opened with a glitzy summit for world leaders, a group of countries extremely vulnerable to climate change published a manifesto … Continue reading

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Is COP21.5 a realistic possibility?

AFTER only three days of negotiations there is already talk of whether the disagreements can be resolved, the necessary compromises made, and the political will secured to actually get a deal signed here in Paris at the end of next … Continue reading

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A Paris Deal: on whose terms?

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change officially opened this morning, with about the amount of pomp you might expect for the 150 world leaders – and Prince Charles – in Paris … Continue reading

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The People’s Test on Climate

Friends of the Earth groups all around the world are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. In Scotland they are encouraging Local Pension Funds to divest from fossil fuels, they are stopping fracking in Lancashire and Les … Continue reading

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Climate talks head to Peru

As I write, I’m on my way to the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru. I’ll be joining colleagues from Friends of the Earth organisations and climate justice allies around the world to bring a strong civil society voice to … Continue reading

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