Climate Change

Fri
08
Apr

We’re out of time on climate change. And Hillary Clinton helped get us here

by Naomi Klein

There aren’t a lot of certainties left in the US presidential race, but here’s one thing about which we can be absolutely sure: the Clinton camp really doesn’t like talking about fossil-fuel money. Last week, when a young Greenpeace campaigner challenged Hillary Clinton about taking money from fossil-fuel companies, the candidate accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of “lying” and declared herself “so sick” of it. As the exchange went viral, a succession of high-powered Clinton supporters pronounced that there was nothing to see here and that everyone should move along.

Thu
18
Feb

To My Friend the Climate Defeatist: Here's Why I'm Still In the Fight

Jim Shultz
Yes! magazine
Apr 29, 2014

My English friend Paul Kingsnorth was the subject of a long article two weeks ago in The New York Times magazine, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It ... and He Feels Fine.”

A former editor of The Ecologist, Paul has gained new attention of late for his passionate and public despair over “an age of ecocide” and his proclamations that we are now powerless to do anything about it. That expression of despair coincides with an equally public withdrawal from the battlefield of big-scale climate and environmental activism. He warns, “What all these movements are doing is selling a false premise. They’re saying, ‘If we take these actions, we will be able to achieve this goal.’ And if you can’t and you know that you are lying to people.”

Sat
19
Dec

COP21: the time of the counter-summit is over

From Freedom News

State of Repression

The build-up to the COP21 set the tone for the entirety of the counter-summit. Although the recent mobilisations against global summits have been met with ever increasing repression, the increased powers provided by the state of emergency allowed the French State to exercise its full control over the COP21. Indeed, the aftermath of the Paris attacks created a window of opportunity for the ruling class to criminalize all expressions of revolt through an array of anti-association and protests laws.

Mon
30
Nov

Climate Protests Rock Paris (Photos and Video)

Infoshop News
November 30, 2015

On Sunday, November 29th, protests rocked Paris, France as thousands of people defied the government's state of emergency to stage protests in conjunction with the global climate talks (COP21).


Photo: Lacy MacAuley

Photo: Lacy MacAuley

Photo: Lacy MacAuley

Photo: Lacy MacAuley

Wed
25
Nov

Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks

By Harsha Walia
November 25, 2015
Telesurv

Climate refugees and displaced peoples bear the brunt of environmental violence.

“We live in constant fear of the adverse impacts of climate change. For a coral atoll nation, sea level rise and more severe weather events loom as a growing threat to our entire population. The threat is real and serious, and is of no difference to a slow and insidious form of terrorism against us.” - Prime Minister of Tuvalu Saufatu Sapo’aga at the United Nations

Tue
24
Nov

Losing Ground: Syria's Climate Nomads

by Evan Cestari
Black & Green Review

Thu
19
Nov

Resist the Climate Coup d’Etat! Paris COP21 Protests Still On

by Sasha
Earth First! Newswire

Although Syrian refugees are still being blamed for the Paris attacks, the news that the attackers were all European nationals seems only to have created a growing sense of disquiet. It’s as if some sense of purpose has been lost with cavalier bravado that always obscures the chauvinism staring plainly back at the West through the mirror of “the Orient.”

Lost on many is the fact that NATO powers helped to fuel the conflict in Syria and ensuing growth of ISIS. Lost on many more is the accelerant that climate change has become, creating systems of drought and despair in Syria and throughout the world that feed the conditions of civil war. Solving climate change would provide an important key to liberate those struggling for global justice, because it would come from them.

Mon
16
Nov

After the Attacks: A Climate Organizer's Notes from Paris

By David Solnit
November 15, 2015

I'm in Paris for the month helping with arts and action preparations for Dec 12 and other climate justice mobilizations here, helping to set up and support an arts space in Montreuil, on the edge of Paris. .

CLIMATE COP & MOBILIZATION: The French government announced the COP Climate Summit will happen. The French group Attac said today:

“We reject in advance any restriction on the right to protest and fight against this decaying world, in favor of the alternatives that peoples of the South and the North put forward together. From November 29 to December 12 in Paris on the occasion of the COP 21 and with our citizens' mobilizations , we will show that another world is possible, necessary and urgent.”

Wed
14
Oct

Shell Is Reeling After Pulling Out of the Arctic

By Antonia Juhasz
October 13, 2015
Newsweek

Earlier this month, Shell’s tumultuous Arctic drilling campaign came to an abrupt and costly end. In a written statement, the company announced the cessation of its offshore Alaska activities “for the foreseeable future”—at a loss of billions of dollars. This both stunned and thrilled critics, many of whom worried that the seven-year effort to stop Shell was dead in July, when the Obama administration approved the company’s permits to drill.

Sat
10
Oct

What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic

By Sara Jerving, Katie Jennings, Masako Melissa Hirsch and Susanne Rust
L.A. Times
Oct. 9, 2015

Back in 1990, as the debate over climate change was heating up, a dissident shareholder petitioned the board of Exxon, one of the world’s largest oil companies, imploring it to develop a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants and facilities.

The board’s response: Exxon had studied the science of global warming and concluded it was too murky to warrant action. The company’s “examination of the issue supports the conclusions that the facts today and the projection of future effects are very unclear.”

Yet in the far northern regions of Canada’s Arctic frontier, researchers and engineers at Exxon and Imperial Oil were quietly incorporating climate change projections into the company’s planning and closely studying how to adapt the company’s Arctic operations to a warming planet.

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