CCL Guidance for CUSMA Environmental Assessment

Dear Environmental Assessment Secretariat, Trade Agreements and NAFTA Secretariat (TCT) at Global Affairs Canada,

Investment, finance, trade, and commerce in the Main Street economy are not zero sum games. They are not finite proverbial pies where any gain is necessarily a loss for someone else. The highest value aim in trade and commerce is to generate new wealth by creating new value for all involved.

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Katowice sets standards for accelerated climate action

The COP24 in Katowice, Poland, was an opportunity to design and activate a global process to secure human liberty and prosperity. While it was not a meeting to solve all problems at once or to end climate change today, the defined outcome — the Katowice Climate Package [PDF] — provides some clear guidelines for nations to work toward a climate-smart future.

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COP24: The Smarter Path to Human Freedom

The COP24 opens amid reports of dangerous climate disruption. Major scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the US Global Change Research Program find the human cause is clear, and impacts are steadily worsening. Those impacts are pervasive and compounding; they directly threaten human wellbeing, as well as the sovereignty of individuals, communities, and nation states.

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US National Climate Assessment Warns of Worsening Disasters

Global average temperatures are rising as carbon-based industrial civilization expands, because carbon-based compounds trap thermal energy (heat) the same way glass does in a greenhouse. The 4th National Climate Assessment makes clear: human activity is heating up the atmosphere and oceans, destabilizing the climate system, and putting life, wealth, and opportunity at risk.

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Resilience Intel Charter launches in San Francisco

Today in San Francisco, during the Global Climate Action Summit 2018, Resilience Intel partners Citizens’ Climate Education and Geoversiv—with support from Madison River Group, Carbon Delta, the Climate Bonds Initiative, and the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI)—released the Resilience Intel Founding Charter.

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COP23 Daily Brief

The COP23 in Bonn, under the Presidency of Fiji, achieved major breakthroughs in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It also introduced a critical innovation in policy design and development—the Talanoa Dialogue, which makes the Paris-mandated facilitative dialogue into a year-round open consultation among all stakeholders around the world.

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No Surrender: Paris is Now the People’s Business

The Paris Agreement is a very good thing for the United States—for its people, its economy, and for its sovereign interest in a world that favors both democratic institutions and peace.

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Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality

Gender Equality, Climate Change, and Intertwined Challenge

Written by Celia Buckman

As COP21 is underway, the media is following every step of negotiations: who’s there, who said what, who wants what. But as we pick apart this parade of world leaders, it’s equally as important to consider who isn’t there. The biggest players in negotiations--President Obama, President Hollande, Prime Minister Narenda Modi, President Putin, and President Xi Jinping among them--are representing some of the world’s most populous, developed countries. The voices of countries hit the hardest by the climate change crisis are conspicuously absent, as are the perspectives of one particular group perhaps more affected than any other: women.

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Sustainable Development

When we talk Sustainable Development, many people solely think about building green buildings or anthropogenic development in a way that steps out of the orthodox to be “sustainable.” What is really meant by Sustainable Development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

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The importance of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water

With the most recent update, the word “oceans” may not be included within the official COP21 agreement—again. To fully understand the impact of omitting the word “oceans,” you must understand a multitude of topics. First being The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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