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A Climate for Change

The 9th edition of the Green European Journal has been released and deals with a burning hot topic: climate change and how we can ensure those in power take real action to tackle it at COP 21 in Paris next year. The next year will be critical for building a mass mobilisation across society, to voice this demand loud and clear.

Articles in this edition

01.11.2014
Time to Find A New Way to Tell The Story

The IPCC’s latest report is categorical: unless we act now, dramatic changes in global temperatures will occur by the end of the century. The message is loud and clear: it is a call to action of the utmost urgency.

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01.11.2014
Europe and the Fight Against Climate Change

An interview with Amy Dahan, conducted by Rémi Beau.

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01.11.2014
Greens Can Be the Political Voice of the Climate Movement

An interview with Dutch Green MEP Bas Eickhout.

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01.11.2014
The Run-Up to Paris 2015: A Change of Paradigm in the Climate Movement

The bitter disappointment at the failure of previous climate summits dealt a serious blow to climate activism.

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01.11.2014
The EU in Climate Negotiations: Losing the Lead

On the 20th of September, we witnessed with excitement the greatest international mobilisation against climate change ever held. And while changes appear to be occurring, we’re still waiting for a proper international agreement on climate change to be reached…

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01.11.2014
It’s About Time – The Case for Shorter UNFCC Commitment Periods

The difference between five and ten year commitment periods for international climate negotiations shouldn’t be underestimated – with the science, technology and politics moving so fast, it’s vital we regularly re-assess our plans.

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01.11.2014
Alternatiba: Trusting in Our Collective Capacity for Change

In the wake of the release of the 5th IPCC report, 12,000 people gathered in Bayonne, France, on the 6th of October 2013, to present ways in which climate change can be tackled. They formed ‘Alternatiba’ – an initiative to spread alternative Green ways of living across Europe.

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01.11.2014
The Winding Road To Paris

The UN and EU, taken over by ‘corporate capture’, aren’t doing enough to tackle climate change. Non-governmental organisations are concentrating their efforts on fostering a broad movement that will go beyond Paris 2015, because if governments do fail to deliver, action to tackle climate change will remain essential.

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01.11.2014
Africa Needs A Fair and Equitable Global Climate Agreement

The two things that will shape Africa’s progress in the coming years and decades are its population demographics and climate change.

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01.11.2014
Poland Needs A Tripartite Climate Commission

In the Polish context, where environmental awareness and resistance to an energy transition is strong, a broad alliance among diverse actors in society is needed to tackle climate change, such as trade unions and other potential partners.

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01.11.2014
Poverty and the Climate Crisis Are Two Sides of the Same Challenge

Poverty and the ecological crisis are different symptoms of the same crisis Europe and the world are experiencing. Only a responsible commitment based on social justice, eco-development and sustainability can assure a safe common future. The case of Portugal illustrates the challenges faced worldwide.

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01.11.2014
War in Ukraine and Europe’s Energy Conservation and Climate Policies

A big risk for Europe stems from its dependency on Russian natural gas and oil.

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01.11.2014
Bringing Light: Social Aspects of the Energy Agenda

In order for green ideas on energy to resonate in the mainstream, questions need to be answered about how the transition will be financed, and how it will benefit those are already marginalised and struggling economically. A positive initiative targeting the Roma minority in Hungary shows one way in which this can be achieved.

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01.11.2014
A Climate For Change

The ecological challenge should no longer be addressed solely as an environmental issue. Rather, it should be considered a social one. A riveting French report makes the relationship between the environment and 21st century lifestyles amazingly concrete.

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