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Boat building in Copenhagen

Posted on December 08, 2009 by Molly Walsh

leaky canoe - lets not get into a leaky canoe
lets not get into a leaky canoe

The night train to Copenhagen is unusually late. The crowded platform in Cologne train station is dominated by interesting looking characters. There is a tall bearded man with a black stetson carrying a very battered leather briefcase. There are two scruffy punks form Belgian with very advanced cameras. There are a two people who joined my journey in London and seem to be from a UK NGO. They have long since exhausted their political discussions of what the weeks ahead will hold and are now much more animatedly discussing their cats. All these strange characters waiting for the train, myself included, are going to Copenhagen for the UN climate conference. From Monday thousands of delegates from around the world will gather at the Bella centre in an attempt to negotiate a global deal on climate. The train finally arrives at the platform and we all get on. I love night trains. Perhaps it is because we don't have any opportunities for international train travel in Ireland, perhaps its the idea of going to sleep in one country and waking up in another. Anyway I find them really exciting. There is a certain sound that night trains make that is different to the noises of other trains. The tone of the rattle seems lower and flatter, they are calm beasts that carry us sleeping to our destinations.

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Walls do come down

Posted on November 10, 2009 by Molly Walsh

Brandenburg blogMost of the Irish papers today carried pictures of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin on their front pages. The photo is of celebrations marking the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, that day that few had dared to imagine and less had believed would happen. These pictures buoyed me as I had been feeling a little pessimistic of late.

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Policy-making 21st century style: by tweet

Posted on May 29, 2009 by Oisín Coghlan

tweet your Greens

I didn't expect the public announcement that the Government will bring in climate legislation to come via Twitter but that's what happened just before lunchtime yesterday.

Yesterday was the culmination of a month long push to get the Government to provide long promised time for a new debate of the Climate Protection Bill in the Seanad. That's the bill Ivana Bacik drafted for us to launch our climate law campaign back in 2007 and introduced in the Seanad when she became a Trinity Senator.

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Greens flexing muscles not jumping ship

Posted on May 18, 2009 by Oisín Coghlan

Green Party banner: Climate Change - It's Time to Act

I'm puzzled by the political analysis in the media since Dan Boyle called for a review of the Programme for Government last Friday. Every piece I've read concludes that the Greens are, in Stephen Collins words in today's Irish Times, "positioning themselves for a withdrawal from coalition in the not too distant future".

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Wrapping it Up

Posted on December 14, 2008 by Molly Walsh

So, it's all over. Late on Friday night the negotiations came to an end. So was progress made? Did they wrap it up?
I don't think so.

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Yes, Minister

Posted on December 11, 2008 by Molly Walsh

John Gormley

My father was an environmentalist. Long, long before sustainabilty was a marketing buzz-word, before the Green Party even had a leader, nevermind one who was a minister, I found my ideals in the vast library of books that we have in our house. They cover almost all areas of environmentalism. The big, famous ones are all there, such as Silent Spring and Small is Beautiful. One of my favourites though, was The Green Guide to Ireland. I liked it becuase it was simply written, it had cartoons, I could dip in and out of it, and I may have been a bit young for some of the more intellectual tomes that littered the shelves. As I grew up I knew that the book was getting quite outdated and I dreamed of one day updating it. I looked at the picture of the author in the back of the book and wondered what he was like.

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Paying our climate Debt

Posted on December 09, 2008 by Molly Walsh

Molly and hobo bear in Poznan - Molly and a hobo polar bear at the UN climate talks in Poland in December
Molly and a hobo polar bear at the UN climate talks in Poland in December

So I suppose you all want to know what happened at the NGO party. Unlike a certain drama, I didn't get shot or sleep with an oil executive (extreme lobbying!). I just went to a very big, polish night club and saw a lot of professional grown ups get very drunk and score each other. Still the music was cheesy 80s stuff so great for dancing. I admit that due to the cheap drink and good dancing it was very late before I fell into bed. The FOE international strategy meeting on Sunday moring was quite hard to get up for but very well worth it. There is some amazing experience within the network. Yuri from FOE japan shared his mind maps with us and I felt the last bits of cop fog clearing from my mind. Throughout the meeting people were always happy to stop and explain issues to us less senior members of the FOE team. We discussed how we feel it is going and what our key areas of focus should be for the next week. I felt at last that I was getting on top of the process. I still come accross bits i don't understand but I have crossed the thereshold of having most of the structures and issues clear in my mind.

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Global day of Action in Poznan

Posted on December 06, 2008 by Molly Walsh

Global Day of Action

Today was the global day of action on climate change. There was a bike rally organised here by friends of the Earth Poland and some other groups under the coalition of bikes for climate.

It was a huge critical mass of many many cyclists. It was bigger than any other group of cyclists i have ever been in. We cycled around the misty city singing and chanting for climate action. It was really great to see the road filled with only by Trams and bicycles, very much the way I think it should be.

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Buses, Penguins and Climate legislation.

Posted on December 04, 2008 by Molly Walsh

PC043267Today for the first time I successfully caught the special shuttle bus that goes from near my hotel, direct to the entrance of the convention centre. Slightly frighteningly, it said on the bus that it was going to COP 34! Thinking it might be some kind of time travel bus, Jerrieann and I hoped on it and discussed if we thought there would be a COP 34. I said that if there are still enough resources and enough people left for it in 20 years time it will be a good sign. The magical shuttle bus meant that I was sitting down with my daily program 15 minutes before the 8.30am FOE meeting. At this meeting we go through the COP agenda for the day and make sure that we have someone in every session gathering information on all the areas we need to keep track of. The good early start to the day meant that the day continued very productively. I took part in a speed penguin action to get some pictures that FOE Austria wanted for their press. It was very fast because we didn't have permission for it from security. The question the penguins are asking is "will this COP set the scene to save them?"

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Young Friends of the Earth Activities in Poznan

Posted on December 04, 2008 by Jerrieann Sullivan

A big thank you to everyone who made a fabric patch for our enormous banner! Chatting to the tireless souls who sewed them together in Berlin last night I heard that the squares from Ireland were the most beautiful ones of all! On the morning when all of Environment Ministers and their cabinets will be arriving in Poznan for the final high level discussions of the COP, Young FoEE will 'Wrap Up' a giant globe with a long bandage of messages from young people across Europe with their demands for what must be done to stop climate change. We have created one giant banner with the 1,500 messages which is now 20 meters long, and on the morning of the 11th we will present this to European Ministers and the media attending the COP, as well as hand over individual 'Wrap Up 'messages to our Ministers. Some of your squares have already been posted to Environment Minister John Gormaly in advance of his arrival here in Poland.

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