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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 As I grew up I knew that the book was getting quite outdated and I dreamed of one day updating it.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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Co2lonialism and a lagging EU

Posted on December 03, 2008 by Molly Walsh

fossil

It is only my second full day here and I feel like I've been here for weeks. The big warm convention centre is already almost all familiar to me. It is an early stage in the negotiations but certain key issues seem to be generating debate in the side events and other areas outside of the negotiations themselves.

REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing countries) is one of them. Yesterday Friends of the Earth held a side event on REDD. It was very well attended and the quality and diversity of the speakers was excellent.

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Arriving in Poznan

Posted on December 02, 2008 by Molly Walsh

It was raining in Poznan as the bus pulled in. This was disappointing becauseI I kept hearing before I left that it was snowing in Poland. In general it is not as cold as i expected it to be. Its the kind of weather where your ears get chilly waiting for a bus but no colder than I've felt in Ireland.

I am in Poznan for the Conference Of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UNFCCC or COP 14 as this is the 14th one to take place. I travelled here without flying to avoid the dangerous climate impact of a flight.

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Minister and I differ over Ireland's position on emissions cuts

Posted on December 01, 2008 by Oisín Coghlan

John Gormley at Umbrella Action Day 2007

I expect to disagree with the Government from time to time on the positions they take on climate change policy. That's what campaigners and governments do after all.

I don't expect to disagree about what the Government's position actually is, but that's what's happened in advance of the EU ministers meeting this week.

You can see the report on today's RTE News online here.

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UN Climate Talks start in Poland

Posted on December 01, 2008 by Oisín Coghlan

The opening of the UN climate talks in Poznan

The latest round of UN climate talks start in Poland today in the city of Poznan. Poznan is the birth place of Copernincus the first man to suggest that the Earth revolved around the sun rather than the other way around. Where better to get down to the serious business of agreeing how to avoid trapping so much of the Sun's heat in the atmosphere that we tip the climate system into chaos.

The deadline for a global agreement is 12 months time in Copenhagen so for the next two weeks 9000 delegates and campaigners will decend on Poznan to hammer out the outlines of a deal.

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