Author: Liana B

Meeting youth from the Middle East

In Copenhagen, our delegation tries to create international partnerships with youth groups from around the world. During my first week here, I followed around youth activists from Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Lebanon and Oman. These youth hail from countries where activism is rare and climate activism even rarer. Many of these young people […]

Young Clean Energy Advocates called “Hitler Youth” by Climate Denier Lord Monckton

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Fifty young Americans took over a climate denier conference hosted by a prominent conservative organization this evening in Copenhagen, rushing the stage and telling the live TV audience that a clean energy future is the real road to prosperity in America. The young people, merely a fraction of the more than 350 […]

Canadian Youth To Canada: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way on Climate Change

Original post appears in Canadian Geographiconline.Copenhagen– A giant orb glows in a major city square, while in another part of Copenhagen new steel cages await unruly protestors — all signs that the United Nations climate negotiations are underway in Denmark’s capital. On Sunday, I sat down with Amber Church, the national director for the Canadian Youth […]

Back Room Talks Give Hope for Agreement in Copenhagen

From Canadian Geographic: The first time political scientist Michele Betsill attended a major U.N. climate summit was in Kyoto in 1997. She remembers the negotiators had a lot of down time, since it happened before cell phones and laptops went mainstream. Since then, Betsill, a keen climate talk analyst and Colorado State professor, has attended […]

Great Balls of Fire

Sometimes nature is responsible for the best special effects. When a meteor entered the earth’s atmosphere over Saskatchewan last November, more than 100,000 people in Western Canada saw a light show in the night sky that trailed the fireball as it fell to earth. In the video above, a police dashboard camera caught the whole […]

In Copenhagen, One Skier Wants to Save Our Snow

At the U.N. climate talks, droves of delegates in suits walk beside young activists in T-shirts, but there’s only one person in the building with a pair of skis strapped to her back. That’s Alison Gannett, an extreme skier who holds World Cup Free-skiing titles and starring roles in Warren Miller films of the ’90s. […]

Back Room Talks Give Hope for Agreement in Copenhagen

The first time political scientist Michele Betsill attended a major U.N. climate summit was in Kyoto in 1997. She remembers the negotiators had a lot of down time, since it happened before cell phones and laptops went mainstream. Since then, Betsill, a keen climate talk analyst and Colorado State professor, has attended almost every subsequent […]

Youth hear from top U.N. officials

Two chairmen of major negotiating bodies at the U.N. briefed youth on Tuesday at a press conference on the second day of the climate talks in Copenhagen. Michael Zammit-Cutajar and John Ashe took questions from youth for about 20 minutes in the Asger Jorn room at the convention center, which is usually reserved for press-only […]

Copenhagen U.N. Climate Talks Start Today

New steel cages await unruly protesters in one part of Copenhagen, while in one of the city’s main squares a giant orb, symbolizing the earth, glows. Denmark’s capital is primed for today’s kickoff of 12 days of United Nations climate negotiations. Where does Canada stand? On Sunday, I sat down with Amber Church, the national […]