Low Carbon Living - Samuel Duru

Life has never been easier. By dint of technological advancement, people can now do things which were impossible in the past. Motor vehicles help us commute; trains and airplanes even more so.

Technology really helps us, but in my opinion the use of it is sometimes too much. Here is one instance from my neighborhood: I saw my neighbour going to a local shop by motorcycle. And how far is her house from the shop? Only 250 meters! She only bought one pack of instant noodles and also got a plastic bag for free. Since she used her motorcycle, she needed the plastic bag because she couldn't hold the noodles while driving. So, the plastic bag with its carrying handler became the solution. If she had chosen to walk to the shop, she wouldn't have needed the plastic bag, as she could have carried the noodles in her hand.

We Reaffirm Our Call for Stronger and Strategic Youth Engagement - Robert Kasenene

The latest round of Climate Change negotiations are starting today in Durban South Africa. We have already began to hearing from the many young people attending the talks through the updates they are posting on various platforms. The program is extensive and offers a lot of opportunity to ensure the voices of young people are heard.

We posted an Open Letter a few days back to the young people from the African Continent attending these Climate Change negotiations. We called for a engagement with a purpose. We called for collaboration. We called for substance and consistency. We called for passion and much more. With this short piece, we want to reaffirm our call.

COP 17 under the eyes of African youths; Our hopes and fears for achieving a fair legally binding treaty - Ebrima S Dem

Once again, another Conference of Parties is here, and once again, it is time to talk, talk and talk. Though the COP 17 is not the first COP held in an African soil (COP 12 was held Kenya in 2006), this one by and large is the much talked-about COP in Africa, hence dubbed as the Africans COP. But the questions which remain are 'What make COP 17 really an African COP? What is unique about it?'  Is it only because it is held in Africa and that’s it!! Or does organising the COP in Africa really mean the outcome of the negotiation will favour Africa’s agenda? Can South Africa, the incoming president really steer the negotiation to make it swing in favour of Africa? 


La Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques à Durban, Afrique du Sud, commence aujourd'hui et se poursuivra jusqu'au 9 décembre. La Conférence comprend la dix-septième Conférence des Parties (CdP 17) à la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC) et la septième Conférence des Parties siégeant en tant que Réunion des Parties au Protocole de Kyoto (CdP / RdP 7). À l'appui de ces deux principaux organes, quatre organes subsidiaires se réuniront: la quatrième partie de la quatorzième session du Groupe de travail spécial sur l’action concertée à long terme au titre de la Convention (AWG-LCA 14) ; la quatrième partie de la seizième session du Groupe de travail spécial sur les nouveaux engagements des Parties visées à l’Annexe I du Protocole de Kyoto (AWG-KP 16) ; les trente-cinquièmes sessions de l'Organe Subsidiaire de Mise en Œuvre(SBI 35) et de l'Organe Subsidiaire de Conseil Scientifique et Technologique ( SBSTA 35). 

Protect for the Future

Placing first things first at COY/COP17 in Durban South Africa
By James Gondwe, jamesgondwe20@yahoo.com

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have focussed global efforts to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. Yet many crucial targets are in danger of not being reached by 2015, which will have devastating impacts for the wellbeing of people throughout the world mostly those in developing countries. MDG 7: to ensure environmental sustainability is one of those targets in the face of climate change.

Climate Change: THERE IS NO PLAN B

Time is almost up. It is critical we secure a legally binding approach on climate change in Durban - John Ashton
The lesson the world is learning the hard way from the financial crisis is that there is only one boat and we are all in it. To stay afloat, we need rules tough enough to stop systemic risks becoming systemic collapses. This lesson is as true for the environment as it is for the economy.
A key battle in the campaign to build an effective system of global rules will shortly take place in Durban, where the UN climate negotiations reopen at the end of this month. The International Energy Agency has set the scene, with the timely warning in its new World Energy Outlook that we are way off track to avoid dangerous climate change, and that the window for effective action is closing fast.