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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Isolation of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Part I

James Hansen, 27 November 2015 — Earlier this year I received a message from a long-time reader of my Communications[1], who was persuaded of the urgency of the climate problem. As a significant supporter of the Democratic Party, he had the opportunity to meet President Obama, and he was preparing a specific question: would the President be willing to “meet with Jim Hansen”, who, the supporter asserted, understood the problem as well as anyone and has “some viable ways to fix the problem”?

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Solidarity with the People of France

Late last night, news reports featured the terrible news of more than 100 people killed in a series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Paris. We stand in solidarity with all of our friends and colleagues, and with all of the people of France. 

So far, it appears all Pathway to Paris collaborators and friends are safe and accounted for. US CAN informs us that all friends and colleagues in Paris are safe and accounted for.

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Minneapolis 2015: Climate Action — Last Stop before Paris

sunset-over-mississippi.pngPathway to Paris dialogue event bringing citizen engagement to global climate talks

On October 25th 2015, under the auspices of Oslo-based Partnership for ChangeCitizens’ Climate Lobby will convene a globally-networked discussion on the impact of climate change on communities, the role of citizens in driving change and the catalytic solutions to securing the livable climate future. 

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Pope Brings Call for Dialogue to Congress

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Pope Francis has come to the United States with a very clear and universal message: there are injustices no free and conscientious people can accept and against which all people of good will should work together. Challenges like climate change, immigration and income inequality are not ideological issues, partisan issues or issues of opinion or preference; they are deep moral issues. And we must do our best to work in solidarity, to oppose these unnecessary injustices. 

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Post-Bonn Summary

A summary report of the most recent UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn - an investigation into the condition shaping the negotiations and the lack of progress declared at the conference.  

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The Bonn Conundrum

Last week in Bonn, during the ADP 2.10 (the 10th Part of the 2nd Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action), there was a general sense that too little progress is being made toward estabishing clear foundations for the text-specific negotations for the Paris agreement. There are many explanations for why, but one stands out as potentially the most instructive and useful: everyone knows what needs to happen, yet no one is fully confident that all others will go far enough, fast enough. 

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Bonn Climate Change Conference - Day 5

A demonstration to raise awareness for the need to include Loss & Damage as one of the three fundamental planks of the global climate agreement.

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