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United Nations Climate Change Conference In South Africa Begins Today

Durban Climate Change Conference

Remember all the fuss when the climate change talks were being held in Copenhagen? When there was a chance something might happen to curb climate change? Yeah, that was a while ago, 2009 to be exact. Who remembers 2010′s climate conference in Cancun? I’m not seeing a lot of hands raised. Ok.

Well, this year the United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held in Durban, South Africa, starting today. Continue reading

A New Contract With The Planet

A Bolivian Guarani native woman at the Cochabamba Conference

On April 22, the 40th Earth Day, in Cochabamba, Bolivia the nation’s president Evo Morales organized an alternative to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Accord. People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was forged. There were 25,000 Bolivian climate activists, politicians, intellectuals, scientists and celebrities, more than 15,000 indigenous people and thousands of grass roots groups from over 100 countries in attendance. Read more about it HERE

Topics discussed included local agriculture, the rights of indigenous people, halting climate change and social reconstruction.

They site imperialism and specifically capitalism as the major cause of our warming planet. On May 7th Morales took this new contract with the planet to the United Nations. This is some of what those in attendance put forward as a better approach to the issue of climate change. Do you think you could agree to some of this? Continue reading

Bolivia’s World Climate Change Conference

Photo Credit: Getty

Above: Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera (L), Bolivian President Evo Morales (2-L), his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez (C) and Nicaraguan commander Tomas Borges (R) participate in a World Climate Change Conference at the Feliz Capriles stadium in Cochabamba, Bolivia on April 22, 2010. April 22 marks the 40th Earth Day, which urges local action and increased awareness to understand and respect the environment.

Seems like many of the voices locked out of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference found a voice here and I applaud the formation of a separate conference. All the attention and all the protests, though well intentioned, in Copenhagen reinforced the idea that change would come from those invited and allowed to be heard at that conference. I simply don’t believe in that.

If we have to wait for large, wealthy nation’s to act in everyone’s interest or save our lives we’ll be waiting a long time. And so will our grandchildren, if the world is still inhabitable by humans by the time anyone young now has grandkids. It’s good to know there are many that don’t want to take the Copenhagen concessions and tricknology as our only options.

Here’s some footage from the excellent coverage Democracy Now! did. Continue reading

Blackouts, Candlefire and Alcohol Don’t Mix For Earth Hour 2010

Photo Credit: Earth Hour Global Photostream; Here in Sydney, Australia, at the Earth Hour Global office, we couldn't stop working for Earth Hour, but naturally we still participated.

Some doubt the importance of being so fresh and so green and though it is very trendy now those who are serious about it are taking steps to show the rest the importance of eco awareness. In order to highlight the threat of climate change major landmarks worldwide cut off the lights. Earth Hour 2010 will take place on March 27, 2010 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., local time.

Look out if you’re drinking tonight because blackouts, alcohol and candle fire don’t mix. Continue reading

Prostitutes For Carbon Cuts


On Monday the Obama administration was welcomed to what is possibly the most important conference on climate change ever in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The conference aims to create an international accord on climate to replace the Kyoto protocol which expires in 2012.

The conference also featured speeches from representatives of countries that are endangered by rising seas and other effects of climate change like the Carteret Islands.

Slick Rick- “Treat Her Like A Prostitute”



An obvious choice and a classic…

Next week President Barack Obama and more than 100 other national leaders will start some intense talks on climate change, greenhouse gases and America’s part in reducing carbon emissions. So far the U.S. has been far more conservative in its cutbacks than the European Union.

The world is looking to the U.S. and China to significantly reduce emissions since the 2 countries are the biggest carbon emitters.

Yeah, but what about the prostitutes you ask? It is being reported that prostitutes of a Danish sex workers association are offering their services for free to delegates of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen.

Wow, now that’s dedication or is it? The prostitutes association officials are claiming they are doing this to protest an anti-prostitution initiative in Copenhagen.

The city sent out postcards to the city’s hotels saying:

“Be sustainable: Don’t buy sex.”

Prostitution is legal in Denmark.

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