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Avaaz Campaign: Trees not Tricks

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on December 7th, 2010

Right now, international climate negotiations in Mexico are heating up — but powerful timber companies are lobbying Australia for special favours which would undermine the talks. Climate Minister Combet is already at the climate summit, and we have just days left to shift his position — let’s call on him to oppose loopholes for loggers!

Forests are a key line of defence against climate change, because trees absorb global warming pollution. Limiting the destruction of forests is a keystone of any climate treaty. But logging companies are seeking to duck their climate obligations, lobbying the government for a massive exemption from accounting for the environmental costs of commercial tree-cutting.

It’s not too late to stop this sham. Let’s send a resounding message from Australian citizens to safeguard our forests and climate, not sell them out to big industry. Send your urgent message to Minister Combet — it will be sent to him directly and delivered at the talks in Cancun before they end on Friday.

Go to the website to get involved

Sustainable Cities Net: posting from Mexico City

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on November 18th, 2010

17 November , 2010 10:00 amto26 November , 2010 6:00 pm

Centro Historico, photo: K Archdeacon

On behalf of Sustainable Cities Net, I (Kate) am attending and blogging on the United Cities and Local Governments Congress and the World Mayors’ Summit, held this week in Mexico City. The content will appear on Sustainable Cities Net and also on a site created by Siemens, who provided a similar service at COP 15 and will do so at COP 16 next month. Over three thousand delegates from around the world will attend the presentations from city mayors on the pressures and responses they meet in their own city. The opportunity to expand the discussion and learn about pressures, models, scales, successes and failures in other cities is unique, and the material from Sustainable Cities Net and Sustainable Melbourne will make its way into my perspective and reports. Bloggers from other countries will be there too, so keep an eye on all the sites for a diversity of opinion!

Please keep adding your content, activities and events to Sustainable Melbourne – we’ll be publishing as usual, but the time difference might slow it down a bit.

Muchas gracias!