COP21 – A different kind of summary

COP 21 is over… So that’s it, we did it, right? We have, for the first time, a global agreement on climate change, binding in some respects, not in others, but with an ambitious target of keeping warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels. We have the agreement, yes, but there’s so much more to…

A place for all generations

A once in a lifetime opportunity – to create a global agreement on climate change… This statement, this vision, has been achieved, at least to some degree, at the conclusion of the 21st Conference of the Parties. The true work begins the day after this agreement, however, as the challenge and urgency of implementation, beckons….

The Business of COP-21

On the night of December 11, 2015, during the final drafting of the COP21 climate change agreement in Paris, France, I sat down and tried to capture my thoughts from Hall No. 6 at Le Bourget, where the world had descended in an attempt to save the planet from slipping in to an irreversible destructive mode…

UW delegation talks COP21 with Elizabeth May

Last week, the University of Waterloo students had the incredible opportunity of speaking with Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands. After gathering YOUR questions, UW Masters Planning student Rahul Mehta and Sarah Brown, associate director of Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, filmed Elizabeth May as…

Re-strategizing climate change communication – a cultural story

Since the 1980’s, climate change has undoubtedly inched its way up the global agenda. Our desperate efforts to understand, prove and of course, mitigate global warming through conferences, policies, public outreach, and innovative technology certainly indicate our growing commitment to one of the most overwhelmingly complex issues of our time. Unfortunately, research suggests that existing…