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Leaked documents prove current climate offers are crap by Chuck Baclagon
December 17, 2009, 6:56 pm
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With the Copenhagen talks going nowhere fast, a leaked document (pdf) has caused some excitement here in the Greenpeace office and throughout the campaigning fraternity here in the Danish capital. Actually, that’s probably an understatement, and Greenpeace ED Kumi is calling this “the single most important piece of paper in the world today”.

What’s worth such claims? The document, dated this Tuesday 15 December, is a UN memo analysing the pledges made by developed nations and some others in the run-up to Copenhagen. From this information they’ve calculated that if that’s all that comes out of the deal tomorrow, we’re on track for global temperatures rises of around 3C.

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Kumi reflects on Copenhagen from the Rainbow Warrior by Chuck Baclagon

Our Executive Director and chair of the tcktcktck campaign, Kumi Naidoo, writes from the Rainbow Warrior II in Copenhagen. Kumi is pictured above (second from the left) with the ship's captain and crew.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Sitting in the Rainbow Warrior, which is presently anchored in Copenhagen, I am pleased to mark my first month with Greenpeace. I can think of no better place to do it, on board a ship that is synonymous with hope. I feel pleased, proud and privileged to be spending the night onboard with the crew, and earlier this evening I also met and talked with some 150 dedicated Greenpeace volunteers camped a few metres away from the ‘Warrior’. Tomorrow, I look forward to spending the night with the crew of the Arctic Sunrise, also docked in Copenhagen.

It is a refreshing break from pacing the halls of the Bella Center, an all-too-brief respite and opportunity for reflection.

We are all here to bear witness to the momentous events unfolding at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. The summit has thrown me into the middle of the biggest challenge we face, it has thrown me into a maelstrom: the struggle to avert catastrophic climate change. A baptism of fire, but also an incredible opportunity for me to meet so many more Greenpeace people, all of you doing what you do best.

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Kumi Naidoo, Wangari Maathai, and several youth activists call for climate action by Chuck Baclagon
December 7, 2009, 4:39 pm
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John beat me to the punch in blogging about the Tcktcktck petition delivery event earlier today, but I still wanted to share these pics. They’re of our executive director, Kumi Naidoo, with legendary activist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, plus several youth delegates. They came together to drive home the message that there are more than 10 million people calling for climate action.

Mike G.

I am because you are by Chuck Baclagon

Kumi Naidoo, the new Executive Director of Greenpeace International

From Making Waves

In several African languages we have the proverb “I am, because you are”. This means that your sense of being a human being is determined by the relationships you have with other people. This proverb has informed not only my thinking about human relationships, but also about nature and the environment. Unless we recognise that we must come together in communities, in rich and poor countries and cut across the range of divides that keep us apart, unless we recognise that we are all in this together, we will not be able to address the environmental challenges that we face and we certainly will not be able to address the problem of climate change.

Today we are at the cross roads. The future of our planet is at stake. The effects of climate change are being felt by millions of people across the world. We are at a time when civil society needs to be courageous and bold, peaceful and principled in coming together to ensure that we stop catastrophic climate change – the biggest challenge our planet has ever faced.

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