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[Policy Brief] Gender and Climate Change

“The absence of women, particularly those from the global South, from national and international discussions and decision-making on climate change and development must change. The battle to protect the environment is not solely about technological innovation – it is also about empowering women and their communities to hold their governments accountable for results.” Mary Robinson and Wangari Maathai As part of my assessments this term for a class on Climate Change and Development, I wrote a policy brief on gender and climate change. I have been following this topic since I started my work at the UNFCCC. For this assessment, I got a distinction so I found it will be good to share it with you. Here is the second page of that brief: You can download the full copy here: PolicyBrief Advertisements

#CCLS2018 Panel: Climate Change is Now

Last March 15, I went back to Cambridge to join a panel discussion with Sir David King, Lisa Walker of Ecosphere+, and David Morton. We each presented different takes on what is happening to the climate and what solutions are being taken today. I talked about current climate change impacts, current solutions, and current youth movements around the world trying to disrupt the system and create change. I talked about how important climate change communication is, especially for changing narratives and making climate change issues better to the public. Here is my last slide: Here are some photos from the panel:   And here is the live stream video for everyone to watch:

My Lecture at Cambridge University: Engaging Youth in Climate Change through Journalism

Last February 22, I gave a lecture at the Cambridge University for the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2018. In behalf of Climate Tracker, I gave a 40-minute lecture on how to engage youth in climate change through journalism, followed by a very engaging open forum. It was also streamed live on Facebook and was screened in different countries like India, Paraguay, Nepal, and the Philippines. Watch the whole lecture here:

Rich Countries Say They Won’t Pay to Compensate for Weather-caused Damage

The world’s rich countries, including those in the European Union and Australia, say they strongly disagree with a proposal to include financing the impact of weather-caused disasters in Loss and Damage” negotiations in the United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Bonn. “We have to prioritize disaster, but not all disasters are fed by climate change,” said Australian negotiators in a prepared statement at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change, a follow-on to the pathbreaking Paris Agreement on climate change in October 2016. Loss and Damage, a term used frequently in the negotiations especially by developing and least developed countries, refers to permanent losses such as lives, species, and habitat and repairable damages such as roads and other infrastructures caused by the impact of climate change impact. These are losses and damages that cannot be addressed by adaptation. Two important discussions surrounding loss and damage are the concept of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) and compensation (finance). CBDR is a principle of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that …

COP 23: What you need to know about loss and damage

Loss and Damage has become a big discussion at COP 23. This is not surprising given that the presidency is led by Fiji, a small island developing state. The discussion on loss and damage has been heated, with Australia and European Union saying that there is “insufficient statistical evidence” that extreme weather events such as typhoons are singularly caused by climate change. Meanwhile, developing countries who are affected by climate change impacts now are still calling for the negotiations to talk about finance for loss and damage. We know you have many questions about this. What is loss and damage? How did it become part of the negotiations? Where are we now and where do we want to go? Here is an infograph which I made for Climate Tracker on everything you need to know about Loss and Damage: