I left home as I do most mornings at about 07.30 on my bicycle. The bicycle, a Chinese made Pheonix, has become the work horse of many villages, towns and cities in Tanzania and across east Africa. Even in the city of Dar es Salaam with a population of over 4 million people bread, eggs and other goods are delivered by bicycle to our local shop in the suburb of Msasani.
Blog Action Day on Climate Change is today! And while we all can't win a Nobel Peace Prize for our efforts, we can still do our part.
Blog Action Day happens every October 15, and unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance.
Today saw the Pan Africa climate hearing open to a room packed with journalists and climate activists. All of us waiting eagerly for Archbishop Desmond Tutu to share his thoughts. Irungu, from the Oxfam team, reminds us that climate change is not happening in the future, when our grandchildren will be our age, it’s happening right now.
It’s a sunny Sunday in Capetown at the start of the South African summer. Football fans are making their happy, noisy way to a Kaizer Chief’s game. People are strolling about, enjoying the sunshine. My taxi driver told me that summer has come unusually early this year. In a hotel meeting room, a group of farmers from across Africa are talking about the realities of living with a changing climate.
Today the TckTckTck, an unprecedented global alliance of civil society organizations, trade unions, faith groups and individuals, is launching a global musical petition for a climate deal in Copenhagen in December.
The re-mix of the song "Beds are Burning" features over 60 artists and celebrities, and has been re-written by Midnight Oil themselves to reflect the greatest humanitarian crisis facing humankind today.
After the success of the Global Wake Up Call at UN Climate Week, our bloggers have moved on to Pittsburgh for the G20. Alison Woodhead reports
From the windows of the center where they’ve put the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in downtown Pittsburg, quite literally a stone’s throw from the convention center where the leaders of the 20 most industrialized countries are meeting (G20), it looks like a lazy Sunday.
More than 1,200 people turned out for today’s creative action in Central Park to tell world leaders to ‘Wake Up’ to climate change. Alison Woodhead was there following the action.
Climate change is deeply depressing, so it’s nice to be in central park on a beautiful September Sunday, watching thousands of ordinary people insist peacefully, joyfully, that there’s still time to sort it out.
With a stroke of a hammer the climate change talks were over – two weeks of intense negotiations for… for what actually?
The usually sleepy climate negotiations were given a wake up alarm call today by a wailing siren outside the conference centre. It was an NGO stunt involving two trucks and two very loud air raid sirens, each enclosed in a locked cage. To turn the sirens off, the police had to cut their way through each metal cage to reach the machinery and arrest the protesters.