The Hummingbird and the Climate Summit

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Wangari Mathaai © Green Belt Movement

Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, was fond of recounting a children’s story she’d been told on a visit to Japan. A huge fire breaks out in the forest, runs the tale. The animals are transfixed and overwhelmed by the conflagration. All of them but a hummingbird, who resolves to do something. She flies to the nearest stream, dips her beak into it, and drops a bead of water onto the flames. The elephant, the lion, the giraffe, and the other animals laugh at her, as she flies back and forth over and over again. “You’re just a tiny hummingbird,” they jeer. “What difference do you think you can make?” The hummingbird replies: “I’m doing the best I can.”

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September 25, 2014   No Comments

Hope for Future Generations after Climate Summit

People`s Climate March in New York, Copy Right: World Future Council

People`s Climate March in New York, Copy Right: World Future Council

We said it takes everyone to change everything. And everyone showed up. Last weekend, about 700,000 people from across the globe marched for climate action. We said climate action is a matter of political will. And more than 120 world leaders came to prove their commitment and show leadership. We said we need action, not words. And governments from around the world made their pledges, acknowledging their responsibility and the urgency to act.

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September 24, 2014   No Comments

Mobilising for low-carbon mobility: Mexico City’s new transport law

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Transportation accounted for a whopping 41% of Mexico City’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, more than double the share in the rest of the country and far more than the 15% share globally. This was largely due to a high rate of motor vehicles per capita, congestion, low public transport mode share, and inadequate fuel standards. A new City law aims to solve this now.

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September 16, 2014   No Comments