Jeffrey's blog

Celebrate Buy Nothing Day

Perhaps you managed to overcome the temptation to take advantage of all those great deals sweeping across the mass media in celebration of "Black Friday" -- the official launch of the Christmas shopping season.

CitNet cyber struggles


Just to let you know we are still struggling with getting this website back up to speed. Without the kind of resources which big corporations and larger NGOs are blessed with, we are stuggling with completely volunteer efforts and miniscule budget, so please be patient as we slowly but surely get things moving again.

CSD-19 hits wall: No final decision


Clearly Friday the 13th was a bad luck day for those who attended the UN Commission on Sustainable Development here in New York. After two weeks of intense all-night negotiations, presentations, side events, round tables, obtuse jargon and "straight talk," the final plenary was thrown a curve ball in which everyone has struck out.

It Has to Be Climate Sustainability: A book review


In Copenhagen last December, where civil society groups from around the world came to support efforts towards a global agrement on climate change, then found themselves shut out of the discussions as well as getting arrested in the hundreds, mostly for simply being there, Uchita de Zoysa welcomed those interested to share their thoughts at the Climate Sustainability Platform he and others organ

Rio+20: Briefing on UN and US preparations

UN Conference on Sustainable Development

In Washington, D.C., representatives from a range of environmental groups filled the small meeting room at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) yesterday to hear and discuss the latest news about the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) planned for 2012 -

Bali blog 2: "Major Groups and Stakeholders"

Major Groups and Stakeholders meeting

Now after three days of travel, I am finally in Bali, staying at a hotel quite beyond my budget but close to the conference center.

Bali blog 1: Civil society and UNEP


I am flying on Qatar Airlines racking up my carbon footprint karma on the way to Bali in the current guise of "civil society representative for North America" to participate in the 11th session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum, followed by the 11th Special Session of the

Biodiversity and climate change


This afternoon I attended an event presenting and discussing the recent report by the second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change (AHTEG) on Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation.

Is the Kyoto Protocol an endangered species?


I am now sitting in the Thursday session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP). Right now the delegates from Argentina and Saudi Arabia are highlighting their concerns about key parts of the Protocol being taken out.

Opening of Copenhagen Climate Exchange


Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Climate Exchange opened today at Øksnehallen, in the center of Copenhagen, in the week before the official COP 15 meeting.