African Ministers Meet in Durban – African Countries to Stand Firm in Climate Negotiations

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – Yesterday – Ministers from over 50 African countries met to reinforce their position, demanding an ambitious second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, effective action under the Bali Action Plan and scaled-up finance, ahead of the final week of the UN Climate Conference in Durban. Continue reading “African Ministers Meet in Durban – African Countries to Stand Firm in Climate Negotiations”

Global Day of Action

The Global Day of Action (GDA) is a traditional and important event at UNFCCC COPs. The primary action is a mass march of international and national community, labour, women, youth, academic, religious and environmental organisations and activists. It demonstrates civil society’s common determination to address climate change. Continue reading “Global Day of Action”

CLIMATE TALKS: ALL EYES ARE ON AFRICA

WILL AFRICA LEAD THE WORLD WHERE RICH COUNTRIES HAVE FAILED?

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 2 December 2011 – Continued strong and united leadership by African governments is essential at the UN climate talks in South Africa if the world is to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, Friends of the Earth International warned today. Continue reading “CLIMATE TALKS: ALL EYES ARE ON AFRICA”

Climate Finance Falls Short of Promised $30 billion

African Climate Policy Centre Report on ‘Fast Start Finance’

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – Today – The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the technical arm of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa) programme, based at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), released a detailed report on the current provision of climate finance. Continue reading “Climate Finance Falls Short of Promised $30 billion”

COP17: Indigenous activists from North America join African activists to target Shell

Durban: In Canada and the United Kingdom, Indigenous activists and their supporters targeted Shell today for violating agreements made with Indigenous communities in Canada. In Durban, site of the ongoing UN climate talks, activists from Canada joined activists from Africa to denounce Shell and their repeated violations of human rights and environmental regulations. Appearing outside a Shell refinery, a number of Indigenous activists joined with youth from Canada and Africa to support the community of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), who recently announced their lawsuit against Shell. Continue reading “COP17: Indigenous activists from North America join African activists to target Shell”

UKZN to accommodate alternative COP17 civil society events

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been identified as the site of this year’s COP17 alternative space, known as the ‘People’s Space’, where national and international civil society will come together around the global issue of climate change.

The contract to utilise UKZN was signed on November 3, 2011, between the C17, a body mandated by over 80 South African civil society groups to coordinate civil society activities around COP17, and UKZN management, with the assistance of the university’s Centre for Society and School of Development Studies. Continue reading “UKZN to accommodate alternative COP17 civil society events”

GGJ and LVC CALL TO ACTION DECEMBER 3: 1000 DURBANS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE!

GRASSROOTS GLOBAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE & LA VIA CAMPESINA NORTH AMERICA

GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION

DECEMBER 3: 1000 DURBANS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

December 5: Via Campesina International Food Sovereignty Day to Cool Down the Earth

STOP THE 1% FROM PROFITING FROM POLLUTION!
LIFT UP COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS THAT COOL THE PLANET!

GGJ and La Vía Campesina are calling on all members and allies to mobilize on Saturday, December 3 under the banner of “1000 DURBANS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE! STOP THE 1% FROM PROFITING FROM POLLUTION, LIFT UP COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS THAT COOL THE PLANET!” Continue reading “GGJ and LVC CALL TO ACTION DECEMBER 3: 1000 DURBANS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE!”

From Copenhagen to Cancun to Durban:Behind the politics of climate change

by Hewa Nzuri

This year is a critical one for the global climate change negotiations. Durban, South Africa will play host to the UN Conference of Parties (COP 17) later this year.

One of the challenges in the run-up to Durban is understanding the politics of climate change arising from the Copenhagen meeting and the subsequent Cancun conference, the outcomes of those meetings, and how these outcomes relate to Durban and, therefore, what civil society demands can and should be. Continue reading “From Copenhagen to Cancun to Durban:Behind the politics of climate change”

COP17: Inspiring the global climate justice movement

by Nnimmo Bassey

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: What role will Environmental Rights Action (ERA) and Friends of the Earth International be playing at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban? What will you be pushing for?

NNIMMO BASSEY: While there is a generally low level of expectation from the Durban Conference of the Parties (COP17), we see it as a great moment to stand with impacted peoples and the environmental justice movement and call for a climate tackling regime that understands the depth of the crises and the fact that the impacts are already manifesting. We will push for polluting countries to cut emissions at source and not through offsets and related market mechanisms that help polluters profit from the damage they do. We will push for legally binding emissions reduction targets to ensure that temperature increase is kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. ERA will demand the recognition and payment of the accumulated climate debt due to centuries of exploitation and colonisation of the atmosphere. Continue reading “COP17: Inspiring the global climate justice movement”

Climate change, the science and climate justice: Defining issues of the century

by Hewa Nzuri

The climate change meeting in Durban in December is crucial to the future not just of Africans, but of people around the world. Climate justice and climate change are the defining issues of this century.

The challenge of climate change is one that has arisen because of the current dominant system of social, political and economic organisation, whether we call it capitalism or by any other name.

Africa is the most threatened continent when it comes to climate change. At risk are the lives and livelihoods of at least one billion people. Continue reading “Climate change, the science and climate justice: Defining issues of the century”