A safer climate means better health for everyone – New Zealand Nurses Union adopts climate change position statement

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It’s great to see more of New Zealand’s unions adopting positions on climate change and climate justice. The latest being the New Zealand Nurses Association’s Climate Change position statement. Last year NZNO members participated in The People’s Climate Marches across New Zealand declaring; “NZNO wants to protect our world from climate damage, because climate change…

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Big oil companies meet at SkyCity 21st March : Join us for a peaceful demonstration of civil disobedience at the Oil Conference at the SkyCity Convention Centre

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By means of peaceful civil disobedience, Greenpeace New Zealand are calling for an escalation in protest tactics at the oil conference in Auckland this year – because, despite years of public opposition and a total failure to find any oil, the Government continues to encourage oil companies to do risky…

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International Trade Union Confederation : Transcripts from the Just Transition, a dialogue weekend discussions, 5-6 December in Montreuil.

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International Trade Union Confederation : Transcripts from the Just Transition, a dialogue weekend discussions, 5-6 December in Montreuil.Industrial transformation, environmental imperatives and just transition Sharan Burrow, ITUC, started the session by stating that “there are no jobs on a dead planet” is more than a slogan, it is reality. We…

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Joint Union statement on COP21 Paris climate agreement : “An agreement that perpetuates existing hegemonies”

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COP21: an agreement that perpetuates existing hegemonies Paris, 12 December [translated from French] 150 Heads of State and Government attended the opening event of the Paris climate conference. They stated their noble intentions and promised their governments’ commitment to limit global warming. Two weeks later, what remains of these intentions?…

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VIDEO : International Trade Union Confederation panel : Leaving no one behind: alliances for securing a just transition for workers and communities.

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Leaving no one behind: alliances for securing a just transition for workers and communities.   Panel discussion organised by the International Trade Union Confederation at The People’s Climate Summit, coinciding with the COP21 climate negotiations in Montreuil, Paris, France – 2105. Chaired by Laura Martin Murillo, Managing Director, SustainLabour Speakers:…

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The Climate Change COP Out We Can’t Afford

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By Kari McGregor on December 23, 2015 Kari McGregor weighs in on the false promises of a flaccid agreement from COP21 that leaves behind the innocent and most vulnerable. Paris was a world-first: all of the major emitters huddled around the negotiating table, ready to write the script on a…

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COP21 : ‘Indigenous people were silenced and erased’ – An open letter from the Wretched of the Earth bloc to the organizers of the People’s Climate March of Justice and Jobs.

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New Internationalist Editorial An open letter from the Wretched of the Earth bloc to the organizers of the People’s Climate March of Justice and Jobs.  On 7 December, indigenous activists from across the world kayaked down the River Seine to protest against the removal of the protection of indigenous rights as…

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Philippine typhoon survivors denounce Paris climate deal

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Agreement absolves top polluters of responsibility in climate disasters, they say. Joe Torres, Manila – Philippines – December 17, 2015 Climate activists and typhoon survivors in the Philippines have denounced the Paris climate agreement during a Dec. 15 protest in Manila. “We cannot accept this deal, which will submit us to more…

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The Paris Climate Talks: a Victory for President Obama, a Defeat for the Planet and a Challenge to the Climate Justice Movement

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Eric Mann – COUNTERPUNCH -DECEMBER 15, 2015 – Paris. The just concluded Paris Climate Conference–the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—was a critical juncture in human and planetary history. Could the world’s governments, all representing Homo sapiens often at war with each other, come together to stop the…

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Fillipino workers say : We must hold our own government, not just the developed country-governments, responsible for ecocidal Paris climate deal

Miyerkules, Disyembre 16, 2015   We must hold our own government, not just the developed country-governments, responsible for ecocidal Paris climate deal. As expected, the world’s elite-dominated governments just passed a strong international agreement that condemns millions of us Filipinos and other peoples, as well as other living beings, to…

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Mining to continue despite climate deal – PM

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Radio New Zealand : 14 December 2015 The Paris climate change deal will require New Zealand to take significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Prime Minster John Key. Delegates from 196 countries unanimously agreed to the deal after long negotiations at the UN’s COP21 climate change conference in Paris.…

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Barry Coates : Getting real about integrity

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Barry Coates : Medium.com With only just over 24 hours to go before the scheduled end of the Paris Climate talks, CoP21, the issue of carbon trading has become a major stumbling block. On one side are governments like New Zealand, who insist that carbon trading involving private sector actors…

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Paris Agreement Will Not Stop Climate Change, But People Power Can

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Published on – Monday, December 14, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jagoda Munic Paris Agreement Will Not Stop Climate Change, But People Power Can “Instead of embracing these grassroots alternatives,” writes Munic, “politicians have fallen under the spell of corporations pushing false solutions to climate change.” (Photo: Ronnie Hall/Friends of the Earth International)…

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Avaaz greenwashes Paris climate agreement

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Avaaz greenwashes Paris climate agreement By Marienna Pope-Weidemann and Samir Dathi | 1 – New Internationalist Avaaz is triumphant, but the Paris Agreement promotes the kind of policies that have failed us so far, write Marienna Pope-Weidemann and Samir Dathi. The betrayals of the Copenhagen summit strengthened the climate justice movement because…

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Paris: World Agrees to Increase Emissions

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NOVEMBER 9, 2015 – JONATHAN NEALE – One Million Climate Jobs The circus is over. The suits are leaving Paris. There have been millions of words written about the text. But one fact stands out. All the governments of the world have agreed to increase global greenhouse gas emissions every year between now…

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Sam Oldham – After Paris: Beautiful Solutions

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The apparent success of COP21 is dubious to say the least. Its limitations come as no surprise to climate activists who, beneath the self-congratulation of state officials and corporate media, have stressed the enormous shortcomings of the agreement.  To coincide with the closure of another UN-sponsored climate summit, Climate Justice…

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ITUC Response to Paris Climate Summit Conclusions

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The Paris deal recognises the reality of the climate threat, but only takes us part of the way. Climate change is already destroying lives and livelihoods with more than 2.6 million people displaced by extreme weather events and changing seasons. This will only get worse. The Paris decisions acknowledge the…

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CJA report | First-Ever ‘Unjust Transition’ Award Goes to major Paris climate talks sponsor Renault-Nissan for violating workers rights

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Gary Cranston – Paris – 11th December 2015 Yesterday I joined trade unionists from more than a dozen countries on stage at the first ever ‘Unjust Transition’ award ceremony in Paris. The award for was given to major sponsor of COP21, French Government owned Renault-Nissan for “egregiously violating human rights and labor advances”…

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