While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters

While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters

I’m going to guess you’ve heard of the People’s Climate March by now. It’s been all over Facebook, the blogosphere, buses, and subway cars—it’s even shown up on network news, which has been something of a black hole for climate activism. But in case you’re just...

Evaluating Copenhagen: What it Means for Ecology, Economy, and Equity

Given the continuing confusion within the climate policy community, the media, and even among governments themselves, there is an urgent need to set the record straight on the actual results of the Copenhagen summit, to reinforce the reasons why a UN climate process...
China: The Prince of Denmark

China: The Prince of Denmark

Almost a month after the debacle at the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen (Conference of Parties or COP 15), the question of who scuttled the talks elicits fury and derision. By many accounts, President Barack Obama comes across either as a figure who...
Postcard From…Copenhagen

Postcard From…Copenhagen

Last weekend, women farmers from Africa and Latin America gave President Obama a message that he can’t afford to ignore. In a letter delivered to the president and U.S. negotiators in Copenhagen, the women argued that the poorest, most disenfranchised people in...
Swiss Minarets: Only the Tip of the Iceberg

Swiss Minarets: Only the Tip of the Iceberg

On November 29, a majority of the Swiss population decided to ban the construction of new minarets in their country. Many Muslim leaders and laypeople were “surprised” at the Swiss decision, viewing the decision as an aberration from Western ideals and...
The Cairo Detour

The Cairo Detour

Six months ago, President Obama dazzled audiences from Cairo to Jakarta—and everywhere in between and beyond—with his call for a “new beginning” with the Muslim world. It came after the new president made a series of confidence-building...

Copenhagen Touchdown

7:00 a.m. Touch down in Copenhagen. It’s pitch black, and people getting off the airplane are donning puffy winter jackets with fur-lined hoods. It’s a far cry from the balmy temperatures I left behind in Washington, DC. I’m groggy and grumpy from...

Climate Scams Won’t Save the Planet

Whether you listen to NPR or Rush Limbaugh, you’ve probably heard about climate change. And if you’ve heard about climate change, chances are you’ve also heard about “cap and trade.” It’s a scheme that tries to sell business-as-usual as a solution to global warming....

Cap and Trade Should Go the Way of the Dodo Before We Do

President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will offer an unprecedented pledge to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 at the Copenhagen climate talks in December may seem impressive at first blush. But look closely, and...

Happy Anniversary, Obama. Now Sign a Climate Deal.

It’s been a year since Barack Obama’s historic election as our first African-American president. That night, many Americans shed tears of joy, exchanged congratulatory embraces, and voiced high expectations for real change. As the Obama...