NI 21 - Paris Climate Talks - COP21 - December, 2015

NI 21 - December, 2015

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Paris Climate Talks - COP21

A note from the editor

Jess Worth and Danny Chivers

#NICOP21

Covering the real story from inside the UN talks and on the streets, Jess Worth, Danny Chivers and Richard Roaf (our filmmaker) report from the frontline of the Paris COP21 negotiations.

These are the reports that you funded! Thanks so much for your support, and don't forget to check our full coverage unfold online: newint.org/live/2015/10/27/cop21

Join the conversation on twitter using #NICOP21

Jess Worth and Danny Chivers for the New Internationalist co-operative.
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The big story

'D12' day of action, Paris, France, 12 December 2015.

'D12' day of action, Paris, France, 12 December 2015.

Photo: Yann Levy / 350.org under a Creative Commons Licence

Why we should feel positive about Paris

Though the deal was a dud, this was no Copenhagen, argue Jess Worth and Danny Chivers.

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As the final text of the Paris deal was being wrestled into shape, we were standing near the Arc de Triomphe, underneath a huge red line. This stretch of scarlet fabric was one of many held aloft by chanting and singing members of a 15,000-strong crowd. They – we – were there to demand climate justice; to condemn an international deal that we already knew would cross crucial red lines for the climate.

At the front of the #redlines demonstration, representatives from Indigenous and frontl...




Features

Women leading reforestation efforts in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Women on the frontlines of climate change at COP21 and beyond

Women are rising up across the globe to say, ‘we are not just victims, we are the solution!’, writes Osprey Orielle Lake.

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The youth movement strikes back

The youth movement strikes back

A new global youth action network – the Climate Strike – was born in Paris this week. Marienna Pope-Weidemann and Samir Dathi were there to hear their plans.

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COY11 attendees enjoying the music of global youth initiative Earth Guardians.

Standing on the shoulders of 18-year-olds

It’s conscious and active young people who will be holding our governments to account, Rachel Lees writes.

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End War(Ming): we need system change, not climate change

End War(Ming): we need system change, not climate change

Following the British parliamentary vote to bomb Syria, Iraq War veteran and peace activist Shawna Foster explains how these kinds of military interventions are linked to fossil fuels and climate change.

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Is Saudi Arabia the big bad wolf of the Paris climate talks?

The oil producing giant blocked efforts in Paris to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, Kyla Mandel and Brendan Montague report.

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Building resilience to climate change in rural Malawi

Building resilience to climate change in rural Malawi

Malawian environmental journalist Charles Mkoka reports on how communities are already adapting to the ever-changing climate around them.

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As COP21 enters final week, civil society escalates message

As COP21 enters final week, civil society escalates message

Last week, the sterile hallways at COP21 rang with the chants ‘1.5 to stay alive!' Morgan Curtis reports from Paris as climate talks enter their final week.

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‘Recognizing our rights to live in our forests is part of the solution to climate change’

‘Recognizing our rights to live in our forests is part of the solution to climate change’

Justin Kenrick meets with Sengwer community's Yator Kiptum and Milka Chepkorir about the meaning of climate justice.

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Will COP21 leave ‘loss and damage’ lost and damaged?

Will COP21 leave ‘loss and damage’ lost and damaged?

Developed countries are determined to undermine any remnant commitment to justice in this process. Morgan Curtis reports for New Internationalist.

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Visit our #NICOP21 alternative media Paris hub

Will Paris promises lead to catastrophic warming?

The ‘high ambition coalition’ is really about undermining developing world groups, argues Nick Dearden.

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Latest agreement at Paris climate talks ‘nowhere close to good enough’

Latest agreement at Paris climate talks ‘nowhere close to good enough’

Yet another draft Paris agreement was released Wednesday, and was immediately renounced by civil society, Adam Greenberg reports.

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A pivotal moment in Paris defines climate leaders

What makes a climate leader? For all of us gathered here at COP21, it becomes increasingly evident with every passing day, writes Morgan Curtis.

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What does COP21 loss and damage mean in human terms?

What does COP21 loss and damage mean in human terms?

Visiting Paris from Gambia, Saiba Suso explains the politics and euphemisms that climate negotiators use and that conceal how the talks impact lives.

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In final hours thoughts turn to look at what 'winning' looks like in Paris

As rich countries declare ‘ambition’ while racing to weaken the text, some climate justice campaigners are turning their backs on the COP21 negotiations and looking elsewhere for hope, reports Morgan Curtis.

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Rwanda is attending the Paris Climate Talks (COP21) and calling for strong action on climate change to reduce temperature increases to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Africa’s green, clean, sustainable future

Development in the industrialized world has come at a high price, writes Mohamed Adow.

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Global Village, Paris, France, COP21, December 2015.

The Global Village for the Alternative

Activists in Paris are laying out inspiring visions for a fair and sustainable future – with the help of 196 stolen bank chairs, writes Samir Dathi.

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Clearing for a coal mine, central Kalimantan forest.

Coal’s hidden ‘double whammy’

Millions of hectares of forest are threatened by coal mining, warns Saskia Ozinga.

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Which way after Paris Agreement?

La Via Campesina’s agro-ecology and food sovereignty offers one possible path toward climate justice, writes Marienna Pope-Weidemann in part one of this two part series.

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Jenni Laity, a Sámi women from Scandinavia, protesting in solidarity with other Indigenous people outside Total headquarters against tar sands and oil extraction.

Sámi grassroots fight for indigenous rights in Paris

The Sámi are the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia and were in Paris with other indigenous to fight for climate justice. Ragnhild Freng Dale explains.

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A discussion and debate on food security at la Zac. A woman from a coastal community in Kenya speaks during the assembly.

The first to fight, the first to die

Global South struggles against climate change need to be placed at the heart of our campaigns, writes Samir Dathi.

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Filipino climate and environmental activists helped mobilize thousands during the global people’s climate march during the weekend before the opening of COP21.

At COP21, the people and future generations will be failed once again

The Paris Agreement shows how powerful nations have imposed their will at the climate negotiations, writes Clemente Bautista.

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COP21: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic Pirate Party Parliamentarian, shares her impressions about her visit to France during the climate negotiations.

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Avaaz greenwashes Paris climate agreement

Avaaz is triumphant, but the Paris Agreement promotes the kind of policies that have failed us so far, write Marienna Pope-Weidemann and Samir Dathi.

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Web exclusives

Love oil performance. Citizen Climate Summit in Montreuil. A host of organizations, small NGOs, political art events and food stalls set the scene for discussions and debates on climate change as an alternative to the official COP21 in Bourget. The official climate talks in Paris is on and the pressure to come up with a sustainable legally binding is high. In the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks public demonstrations have been banned during the two weeks of climate talks.

COP21: From frontlines to redlines photo gallery

This New Internationalist photo gallery presents events from frontline struggles against climate change during the Paris climate talks.

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'D12' day of action in Paris, France, 12 December 2015.

Paris deal: Epic fail on a planetary scale

The Paris Agreement is being hailed as a great success. But will it deliver climate justice? Danny Chivers and Jess Worth put it to the test.

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21st century COP out

A brief illustrated history of the climate negotiations by cartoonist Kate Evans.

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What’s hot and what’s not at Paris #COP21

Things and people that made us smile - and that raised our ire during the Paris climate talks.

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COP21 and the invisible jungle of Calais

Cherri Foytlin meets refugees directly affected by climate change.

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All smiles, no substance: delegates at the Paris climate talks gather for a photo shoot.

COP21 agreed to a climate-changed world

Recognition of global warming is one thing; taking genuine action is another, writes Nnimmo Bassey.

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Videos

Volkswagen showroom stormed by animals and vegetables

Yesterday a Volkswagen showroom in Brussels was stormed by animals and vegetables to protest VW’s appalling record on the climate.

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Young people are fighting for the only safe climate deal at Paris

World leaders and the media are ignoring the only safe climate deal at Paris and so young people are taking action.

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Undercover police crack down on freedom of speech in Paris

Yesterday undercover police cracked down on anyone questioning the sponsors of a corporate “Solutions 21” event in Paris.

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Could developing countries walk out of the Paris climate talks?

The Paris climate negotiations aren't looking good for climate justice. Could developing countries walk out of the talks? Lidy Nacpil from the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice gives a quick halftime summary from inside the summit.

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Layers - Terisa Siagatonu

Samoan-American Terisa Siagatonu has brought her stunning poem Layers to Paris to connect racism, social justice and climate change. She is part of the Spoken Word for the World crew.

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Rich countries are getting behind an ambitious climate target

As the climate talks come to a head, a surprising number of rich countries are signing up to ambitious goals. But this isn't the big win for the climate justice movement that it may appear, explains Dipti Bhatnagar from Friends of the Earth International.

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Activists arrested in the Louvre secretly sent this message

Ten performers were arrested today at the Louvre for challenging its sponsorship by oil companies Total and Eni. But they managed to smuggle a phone into their cell to get this message out.

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Street artist AG Saño survived Super Typhoon Haiyan

As the Paris climate talks enter their final hours AG Saño's art is a powerful reminder of exactly what’s at stake.

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The Truth Behind the Paris Climate Deal

The western media has reported the Paris climate deal as a great success. So why did thousands take to the streets yesterday to denounce it?

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