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  • France vs USA : the heat is on

    Blogpost by MartinB - December 14, 2007 at 1:09

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    After what happened yesterday in Bali, US delegation head, Paula Dobriansky, might not go as far as asking for French fries to be renamed again, it is very unlikely though that she will consider French Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo as the archety... Read more >

  • US attempt to wreck Bali meetings

    Blogpost by Jo Kuper - December 13, 2007 at 19:26 1 comment

    It’s 2:30am, and I’m just back from the conference centre. Plenty of our delegation and many others will be pulling all-nighters. Was just preparing to leave a couple of hours ago when got a call that the US are trying to insert a completely new text ... Read more >

  • The end game has started ...

    Blogpost by Daniel - December 13, 2007 at 7:29 1 comment

    Posted by Daniel, political advisor at the Bali International Conference Centre

    Everyone is just as tired as yesterday, but the conference centre today is alive with activity and adrenalin. The end game has started. And the shape of the final deal is s... Read more >

  • Happy Birthday Kyoto!

    Blogpost by Jo Kuper - December 12, 2007 at 10:21

    By Wun, Solar Generation delegate from Thailand

    Today should be marked for a few reasons. It was today ten years ago that the most essential legally binding agreement to address climate change received its name from where it was founded: Kyoto. It is t... Read more >

  • Switch off, Unplug, Enjoy!

    Blogpost by MartinB - December 12, 2007 at 9:31

    While the bureaucrats and ministers slug it out on text insertions and

    deletions at the UN conference, the UNFCCC President Mr. Rachmat

    Witoelar took a break from the proceedings earlier today to to visit the

    Rainbow Warrior docked in Benoa Harbour of Ba... Read more >

  • After a long night - long faces ...

    Blogpost by Daniel - December 12, 2007 at 6:45

    Posted by Daniel, political advisor at the Bali International Conference Centre

    Negotiations limped on on many issues until 2am last night. But this morning, there was tiredness and disappointment written into many faces. Including mine. But especially... Read more >

  • Saving the climate - it's an option. Option 2!

    Blogpost by Daniel - December 11, 2007 at 8:21

    Posted by Daniel, political advisor at the Bali International Conference Centre

    New text again (in the Kyoto Protocol part of the negotiations here). And now the crucial targets are back in. But only as an option. Option two of paragraph two. This text... Read more >

  • Multicultural climate campaigning

    Blogpost by tom - December 10, 2007 at 21:35

    By Gavin, climate campaign leader

    Sunday was an afternoon on the beach with 500 people, all laying out to spell a message urging action on climate change. Human banner artist John Quigley was on hand to be designer & master of ceremonies, his positive energy encouraging a multi-cultural mass of people. We were working with stepitup, a US ngo whos been doing some great organising over the past couple of years in building a network of people all working to help push climate change up the political agenda. And also Global Green, a US NGO founded by President Gorbachev to encourage green buildings & cities by reconnecting humanity to the environment.

    That’s one of the many cool things about this climate meeting in Bali – there are such a diverse number of organisations, all taking a multitude of approaches to the same issue. And all united under the idea that the global problem of climate change needs a global solution, with everyone playing there part.

    John and a team of volunteers had been busy for a few hours laying out a design on the sand with planet earth partly submerged in the ocean, and the words Act Now! All we needed were a few hundred extra people to join in and lay in the right place, and a quick helicopter flight overhead, and we would create the perfect image to capture the urgency with which climate change needs to be tackled.

    After some negotiation the police were happy to take a step back, and the gathering throngs of onlookers were invited to join in. An hour later and our photo and video crew were in the air, hovering overhead to capture the moment.

    I lay out at the top of the ‘W’ along with Mike and his crew from the Rainbow Warrior who also joined in. A quick text from our photographer Ardelies above us and a thumbs up, and we were ready to call it a day.

    But as the helicopter left, a call to prayer started emanating from the speakers behind us, and suddenly a number of women in the next letter over pulled out small baskets brimming with offerings, put them on their laps, and began to pray and chant. Everybody fell silent as they performed their afternoon prayer ritual. Another reminder of how every culture, every person can be impacted by climate change, and how every culture is getting involved in the campaign to tackle it.

    Gavin Read more >

  • Key targets gone from key text!

    Blogpost by Daniel - December 10, 2007 at 8:36 2 comments

    Posted by Daniel, political advisor at the Bali International Conference Centre

    New text on the negotiations, that all those who have ratified the Kyoto Protocol are involved in. And it is bad news. The key targets - peaking global emissions in the nex... Read more >

  • Fighting over text ...

    Blogpost by Daniel - December 10, 2007 at 6:18

    Posted by Daniel, political advisor at the Bali International Conference Centre

    As more and more ministers arrive in Bali, more and more of the real action is happening informally and behind closed doors. The ministers will give the speeches and get th... Read more >

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