Statement of Walden Bello, Manila, Nov 28, 2015)
Climate and Environmental Justice
20 November 2015
We all want action on climate change, but what does that action mean? Will it be effective, will it be fair, and are the Paris climate talks going to deliver that action?
17 November 2015
Our friends at India Climate Justice (ICJ) have released their most recent issue of Mausam.
A brief message from the editors:
This fifth issue of Mausam focuses on India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted to the UN Climate Convention in early October. We think it was not nationally determined, however. Nor does it contribute in any way towards solving the climate crisis: if anything, it can only help worsen the crisis.
A keynote address at the Rountable Discussion: EU-ASEAN Trade Relations, State of Play and Areas of Strategic Cooperation co-organized by the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and Philippinenburo in Brussels. 23 October 2015
Joseph PuruggananFocus on the Global South
Our friends at India Climate Justice have just released their fourth issue of Mausam. The contents of this issue are as follows:
Experiencing the Change: Climate Change and Everyday Life in Coffee Plantations of South India - Anshu Ogra (p.6)
Human Trafficking and Climate Disasters - Sayantoni Datta (p.8)
Betting on the Wrong Horse: Fast Reactors and Climate Change - MV Ramana (p.12)
What exactly is the climate change crisis ? How does it affect us ? Are we causing it ? How ? How is it going to affecting our land, water, food and lifestyle ? Can we anything about it ? How ? Why is the practice of agroecology so important in addition to clean energy ?
A message from the Editors:
This latest issue of Mausam includes fresh reports from how communities on the ground are battling the harsh realities of a climate-changed world—the aftermath of the 2013 Uttarakhand disaster, the testimonies of climate oustees from the Sunderbans—as well as more analytical pieces on India’s environmental and climate policies, the latest analysis of international climate negotiations, and an assortment of science and hard news.
The future lies in the past. What has happened will determine what will come. The idea that we can change everything and save the world at the last minute is exciting in movies but it does not work in real life. It particularly applies when we speak about issues like climate change where the consequences of what we did in the past century are just beginning to manifest.
24 February 2015
Last week in New Delhi, we participated in an interactive session to discuss recent international climate negotiations and talks, as well as to gather perspectives from activists on their analysis and approach towards overcome challenges in grounding the climate crisis and its alternatives within issues confronting common people.
You can stream the discussion on Soundcloud through the following links:
With its exposure to extremely violent typhoons that have taken thousands of lives, the Philippines has become the poster child for the malevolent effects of climate change. This has conferred a kind of moral authority on the Philippine delegations to the climate talks over the last few years.
Thus it’s not surprising that a drastic sudden shift in the country’s climate policy has drawn much international attention and comment. In many ways, these changes are illustrative of the dilemmas and issues that many developing countries grapple with as they cope with the climate crisis.