Stepping Back & Stepping Up: a personal reflection

COP17 climate talks in Durban ended with mixed reactions and emotions. The deal? To establish a new body, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, to negotiate a new global agreement for emissions reduction by 2015, to come into effect and be implemented from 2020. So, what does this mean to me? Well, the short answer is a whole lot and nothing at all! Continue reading


What Change?

Rishab KhannaThe challenges we see in the UNFCCC ( United Nations Climate Change Convention), are not very different from the challenges we see among civil society, or the challenges we, the IofC team, have with living in Maria’s ( Our sweet host in Durban) house.  Wei, Firyal, Jennifer, John Liu and myself are going on a collective journey of collectively creating our living and work space. We have diverse perceptions about life and work, which have been upsetting at times, but create a dynamic lively atmosphere to our life. Continue reading

Moving from ‘I’ to ‘We”

Today one of the biggest global campaigns in history launches a new phase – the 10/10/10 global work party. During 2009, in the run-up to the Copenhagen conference on climate change, COP15, the campaign organised the ‘most widespead day of political action’ on Saturday 24 October when 5,245 separate actions took place across 181 countries all calling for a commitment to a target of 350 parts per million (ppm) carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere. Present levels are above 385 ppm and rising. Continue reading

Voices from the Parliament of the World’s Religions – Indonesia’s Muslims and Visier Sanyu from Nagaland

by Mike Lowe

One thing is very clear: – the people who will suffer the most from climate change are the world’s poorest, who have contributed least to the problems.

Professor Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin is President of Muhammadiyah, which at 30 million members is one of the world’s largest Muslim organisations. Protecting Indonesia’s ancient rain-forest will be an important component of any deal to limit global warming.  This is what he has to say to the people meeting in Copenhagen (with thanks again to film-maker Ashley Young)

I am also adding an interview with Visier Sanyu from Nagaland. Visier, who lives in Melbourne, is President of the Naga Overseas Association. The Nagas are an indigenous tribal people who live in North-East India and Western Burma.

Message to Copenhagen from the Parliament of the World’s Religions

This wonderful short film by Ashley Young gives a flavour of the extraordinary week that has been the Parliament of the World’s Religions.  There were many personal messages and prayers for the Copenhagen summit which delegates wrote on a 50 metre scroll (covering both sides) which will be delivered to the summit.  This film also includes a message from the Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth, former Governor General of Australia.

post by Mike Lowe (buberfan)

Voices from the Parliament of the World’s Religions – Sulak Sivaraksa

Climate Change was one of the major focuses of the Parliament of the World’s Religions which met 3-9 December in Melbourne, Australia.

Film-maker Ashley Young has captured some of the voices from the Parliament, in partnership with Initiatives of Change and Martin Frick from the Global Humanitarian Forum, with the intention that these voices might be heard in Copenagen.  I will post these one per day on this blog, but if you are inpatient, you can access them all here.

Meanwhile, here is the first – Martin Frick interviewing Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sulak Sivaraksa, founder of the Network of Engaged Buddhists.

post by Mike Lowe (buberfan)