Filed under: Life at work, Philippines | Tags: Alex the Penguin, Christmas
The Greenpeace office in Quezon City is probably empty and everybody there is probably spending much needed quality time with their loved ones as I have done this past week.
But even as I enjoy the company of my family, friends and loved ones, there’s that lingering knack in me that made me log on and not let this blog empty on this joyous day.
So in behalf of the Greenpeace family here in Manila I would like to greet everybody Merry Christmas!
Allow me to share this video of Alex the Penguin and the cutest menagerie of singing animals wish to say a BIG thank you to all Greenpeace supporters. Greenpeace has journeyed around the world, campaigning against climate change, fighting to preserve forests and oceans, lobbying for clean water and food free of pesticides. With your support generations of singing animals and our beautiful planet now have a much better chance at a safe and green future.
Filed under: Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: c2c, COP15, Copenhagen, UNFCC
It was super cold on Friday late evening. After the “climate shame” photo shoot I left Oksnehallen Hall in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district – the alternative venue given to NGOs, civil society and observers by the Danish Foreign Minister in response to the restricted access at the Bella Center. It’s equipped with television links to the Bella Center until the end of COP15.
World leaders are scurrying to the Copenhagen airport like rats fleeing a sinking ship. You’d think they were all in the Maldives right now or something, and they could see the water closing in over their heads (if you’ll permit me to mix a couple metaphors).
It’s a gut-busting, heart-breaking cop-out and I’m so very, very angry although sadly not very surprised. The exhaustion we’re all feeling in the Greenpeace team only adds to the appalling sense of frustration – our leaders swanned in and let us all down. The deal isn’t fair or ambitious and it certainly isn’t legally binding. Even though the agreement, such as it is, has yet to be sealed, they have failed.
I hoped it would be different but the skewed nature of international diplomacy has led the Copenhagen summit through two turbulent weeks into an exercise in arm-twisting and back-room deals. The bullying tactics of the developed countries have ensured they have got what they want, despite the attempts of some developing countries to stand their ground.
Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: Barack Obama, COP15, Copenhagen, Greenpeace USA
Greenpeace US executive director Phil Radford commented on Obama’s speech earlier:
“The world was waiting for the spirit of yes we can, but all we got was my way or the highway.President Obama can still save Copenhagen by doing what he called on other leaders to do and give some ground by increasing his commitment to cut global warming pollution. But as it is he crossed an ocean to tell the world he has nothing new to offer, then he said take it or leave it.
Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
While we’re waiting to hear the announcements from Copenhagen – here’s a blow by blow account of what’s happened at the Summit so far – written by Martin Lloyd, our climate communications manager:
With thousands of negotiators and hundreds of points to agree it may be impossible to come up with a comprehensive account of what happened. But I’ll try and list some of the highlights.
Filed under: 1, Stop climate change | Tags: c2c, COP15, Copenhagen, UNFCC
There has been snowing since Wednesday night. All Copenhagen landscape turned white. I was on the bus no 250S to Gladsaxe Stadium outside Copenhagen’ city center with Khun Amarit(Mum) – news reporter from Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS) who came over here last Saturday to document and report back home.