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Melita Steele

Melita has an MSc in Environmental Science and is passionate about working to change the world one small piece at a time. She works for Greenpeace as a climate and energy campaigner, focusing on issues related to coal.

  • It’s the final countdown…

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 11, 2010 at 6:45

    Last night was the second last night of COP 16, and it didn’t end before 3am.

    The issues have been escalated to the highest level – which means that the ministers themselves are working bi-laterally and in groups to try to find compromises. It’s not ... Read more >

  • Crunch Time

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 10, 2010 at 8:05

    The final two days of COP 16 have arrived, which means that the atmosphere here has changed, with a greater sense of urgency and consistently later nights.

    Now is when ministers and negotiators get down to trying to draft what is termed ‘compromise l...

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  • Power to the people (looking to South Africa)

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 10, 2010 at 7:58

    When you walk into both the Cancun Messe and the Moon Palace there are information stalls set up giving information on Durban as the host city for COP 17. Despite only recently being announced as the host of this mega conference, Durban has already pu... Read more >

  • Manic Monday, Week 2

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 8, 2010 at 8:14

    Monday was a grey and gloomy first day of work for the Ministers here in Cancun – but that’s the weather, not necessarily the politics.

    South Africa has a large delegation in Cancun (over a hundred people are on the delegation, but only around 20 of ... Read more >

  • What Really Happened in the First Week

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 7, 2010 at 9:36

    It’s been quite a week in Cancun. The days here are long – most nights the Greenpeace team (we have people here from our offices across the world) doesn’t get back to our hotel before 9pm at the earliest.

    One of the biggest problems to flare up this ...

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