UN Climate Summit Poem “Dear Matafele Peinem”

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Published on Sep 23, 2014

On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit. Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.

Kathy performed a new poem entitled “Dear Matafele Peinem”, written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. Kathy is also a teacher, journalist and founder of the environmental NGO, Jo-jikum.


“Dear Matafele Peinem”
Poem and performance by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

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Paris set to hold climate change summit

Al Jazeera English

Published on Nov 29, 2015

Police have fired teargas and used pepper spray to disperse a group of anti-global warming activists who marched in Paris in defiance of a recent ban on public demonstrations, a day before the start of a key UN summit on climate change in France’s capital. Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark reports from Paris.

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Avaaz Executive Director Emma Ruby-Sachs

Climate Home

Published on Nov 29, 2015

Avaaz Executive Director Emma Ruby-Sachs speaks to Climate Home on 29 November 2015, the day before the COP21 UN climate summit opens in Paris

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Can world leaders reach climate change deal?

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Published on Nov 28, 2015

About 40,000 negotiators from nearly 200 countries are descending on the French capital for the UN conference on climate change or COP 21. The decisions they make will have a major impact on how we live our lives and those of future generations. Scientists have warned that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, we will pass the threshold after which climate change will become catastrophic and irreversible. That threshold is two degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels, and scientists say a rise in global temperatures must not exceed that figure by the year 2100. But delegates face a number of problems. Although many countries have already made pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the run up to COP 21, it is likely they will not be enough to slow global warming to two degrees. The second problem relates to the differences between developed and developing countries. Developing nations want financial aid to help them implement the policies that will be a part of any Paris deal.So, with so much at stake, can leaders reach an agreement in Paris?Presenter: Hazem SikaGuests:Tim Forsyth – professor of environment and development at the London School of Economics and Political ScienceSamantha Smith – head of the World Wildlife Fund’s global climate and energy initiativeRasmus Valanko – climate policy specialist and manager of climate and energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.- Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish- Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera- Check out our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Interfaith Petition


Published on Nov 29, 2015

On Saturday, faith groups including ACT Now for Climate Justice, OurVoices, Religions for Peace and the Global Catholic Climate Movement delivered a petition signed by nearly 1.8 million people calling for a fair and ambitious climate deal at COP21.

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Raw: French Police Use Tear Gas On Protesters

Associated Press

Published on Nov 29, 2015

Clashes erupted as hundreds of activists demonstrated near the Place de la Republique in Paris, despite a ban on protests imposed by the state of emergency in France. (Nov. 29)

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100 detained, tear gas & scuffles at banned Global March for Climate in Paris (VIDEO) — RT News


Published time: 29 Nov, 2015 13:48 Edited time: 29 Nov, 2015 16:07

Crowds gathered in the French capital on Sunday to attend a global march for the climate, despite the ban on gatherings enforced by French authorities. When one of the groups charged a police cordon, tear gas was deployed to push them back.

Huge amounts” of tear gas were fired at protesters near Place de la Republique in central Paris, according to witnesses’ reports on Twitter, with objects flying in the direction of security forces.

The march, which was set to take place in dozens of cities around the world, was restricted in the French capital falling under the ban on gatherings introduced after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

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