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A VOICE FROM THE CONGO

I am originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the African second largest country after Algeria. The population remains one of the poorest in the world, but with its 5.000 kilometres of Congo River continuously delivering millions of cubic meters of natural water and its rainforest basin, the largest in Africa, Congo is the second largest world ecosystem reserve after the Amazon. Such a reserve of trees, rare species and newly discovered bog reserves may be damaged and mismanaged if we don’t take care. When one is talking about the Congo, it is important to break such ongoing…

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Climate justice is about social justice

In September millions of people all over the globe marched for Climate Justice. When we chant that we want climate justice and we want it now, when we stand united with people worldwide, we must consider climate justice globally. We often talk about saving our futures and the futures of our children, and it is true that the worst impacts of climate breakdown are yet to come. But by talking about our futures, there is a danger of neglecting the present and framing the climate and ecological crisis as something that hasn’t arrived. For many people on the frontline,…

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NEW REPORT REVEALS STRATEGIES USED TO UNDERMINE SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS

Vested interests have diluted the message of climate scientists for years, a new report has found. This has been revealed at the same time as the release of new data from world-renowned researchers that exposes the fossil fuel companies that have continued to contribute to the climate and ecological crisis, while knowing and ignoring the risks. According to this research, a third of greenhouse gas emissions have been traced to 20 fossil fuel companies, predominantly Chevron, Exxon, BP and Shell. The analysis was undertaken by Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute. This data comes hot on the…

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Why we rise up

We are rising up. We have been for almost a year now. It’s hard to ignore, especially now when we are reaching out on a local scale for new rebels to join us. That was what we hoped to achieve when we took to Blackheath Common in our hundreds and enjoyed the light and hope the rebellion gives us, encouraging passers-by to become enthusiastic observers, then engaged audience members and finally passionate rebels. It’s happening all over the country now. Our message is simple: we need fast, effective action mobilising 3.5% of the population to enact real, substantial change.

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