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Your Earth Day guide to the Paris Agreement on climate!

April 22, 2016
by 
Kelly Di Domenico

This year, Earth Day is being marked by a very special event: the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement. It is expected that more than 170 countries will sign the agreement on this opening day, which will be a record. But wait, didn’t 196 parties already agree to this historic treaty at the COP21 climate conference in Paris last December? So, why aren’t they all signing? And now that the treaty is signed, will it go into effect immediately?  Here are the answers to all (or at least most!) of your questions on what to expect from the Paris Agreement!  

 

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An earthquake-proof home for Thiramaya

April 20, 2016
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Kelly Di Domenico

Thiramaya is 103-years-old and lives in Thokarpa-7, Sindhupalchowk in Nepal. One morning, she suddenly heard a loud noise that she believed to be a helicopter passing low over her home – which was something unusual. She can’t walk on her own, and normally people have to carry her from one place to another, but that day she managed to limp outside to so she could see the helicopter. This was when her house collapsed and she realized she had survived an earthquake.

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Honduras: Impunity for the murders of human and land rights defenders?

April 20, 2016
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Geneviève Talbot

According to the organization Global Witness, more than 109 human and environmental rights defenders were killed in Honduras between 2010 and 2015. Only eight of these murders were publicly reported, and of these, six were members of Indigenous communities. As is stated by Global Witness, this is just the tip of the iceberg since so many cases go unreported.

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People are still dying in the struggle to defend their land

April 18, 2016
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Geneviève Talbot

Twenty years ago, 19 Brazilian peasants who were members of Development and Peace partner the Landless Workers Movement (MST) were murdered by gunmen hired by big landowners.

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Climate change: a public health issue?

March 4, 2016
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Geneviève Talbot, Research and Advocacy officer

Imagine for a moment if we tackled the causes of climate change with the same energy, creativity and resources that have been mobilized to combat smoking!

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A first step toward implementation of the Paris agreement?

February 26, 2016
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Geneviève Talbot, Research and Advocacy officer

On March 3, 2016, the first ministers' conference, organized by the Prime Minister, will be held in Vancouver to discuss the future climate policies of Canada. This meeting provides an opportunity for the government to honour the commitments it made during COP21 in Paris, in December, 2015. 

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In Honduras, the CEHPRODEC calls for solidarity with the threatened Lenca people of Marcala

February 11, 2016
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

Two months after the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, where countries agreed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in the German city of Bonn, the G8 nations are pressed to increase their contributions to the Green Climate Fund in order to finance mitigation and adaptation projects in the particularly vulnerable nations of the Global South.

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In Mali and Niger, communities are working to escape the constraints of their environment

February 10, 2016
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Stéphane Vinhas, Program Officer – Emergency Relief

In January 2016, my colleague Ann Dominique and I had the opportunity to go on a project monitoring trip to the Sahel, more specifically to Mali and Niger.

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Sewing a solidarity quilt!

February 9, 2016
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communication Officer
We are launching a brand-new initiative: the solidarity quilt. This involves a pilgrimage organized at both the national and international level, where our members and our partners in the countries of the Global South are invited to collaborate in sewing a giant solidarity quilt that will travel the country from west to east (from British Columbia to Ontario) and east to west (from Newfoundland to Quebec).

Promoting the economic independence of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 8, 2016
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communication Officer

The exclusion of women has a very real cost. Even so they are the people who suffer most from poverty in today’s world. They endure many injustices and their voices are too rarely heard. In Africa, women are the backbone of societies and represent the strength of the continent.