Ghana Joins 20 Most Vulnerable States

Ghana has joined a group of twenty (20) countries globally that are most vulnerable to climate change.

This comes on the backdrop of rising temperature of up to two per cent in the last few years in Ghana, and the associated erratic rainfall pattern punctuated by spells of droughts and flooding, making the country highly susceptible to the effects of climate change.

Otherwise known as V20, the group’s membership includes some of the world’s smallest and poorest countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Costa Rica, East Timor, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, the Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

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Call to kick polluters out of climate talks

kick pollutersIndia Citizen News Service (CNS): Activists have appealed to Indian government to take urgent and meaningful action on climate change next week in Germany. The action is part of a global day of action in several countries calling for a more just and sustainable energy system and for policymakers to end the undue influence and obstruction of climate policy by transnational fossil fuel corporations. "Every day we feel the effects of climate change - a crisis we did little to create. Today, the people of India are saying 'enough is enough!'" said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and Vice President of Socialist Party (India), to CNS (Citizen News Service).

Dr Pandey who is also involved with National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) and Asha Parivar added: "Modi government is watering down, diluting and compromising environmental laws and policies instead of strengthening checks for environment protection. Government must keep people before profits. It is time for community-based renewable energy systems and policy that is determined by the people, not the world’s largest energy corporations. It’s time to kick big polluters out of the process for good. We also need to ascertain civil and criminal liability of corporations for irreparable damage they cause to our environment and people's lives."

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#ReclaimPower: Ahead of WB-IMF meeting in Lima, Asian activists protest funding of dirty energy

Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development

MANILA, 9 October 2015 – Hawker unions, women’s groups, religious congregations, and climate justice networks in several Asian countries are holding 300 actions today and tomorrow, October 9 and 10, against fossil fuels and other dirty energy.

The mobilizations of Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) member groups in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines are part of the third worldwide Reclaim Power initiative.

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Reclaim Power and Defend Life: A Tour

9 & 10 October 

Tour starts at 3pm at Green Park Station 

War on Want is joining grassroots movements across the world as part of #ReclaimPower, for two days of action. We want to transform our energy and economic systems and stop climate change. We'll be demanding an end to dirty energy and extraction, and a rapid shift to people-controlled renewables.

The actions will target the World Bank and IMF summit in Lima-Peru, in the lead up to the climate change talks in November. Local movements will be assembling to oppose the unaccountable powers and destructive impacts of these institutions.

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The Philippines Needs Justice, Not Coal Lobbyists

I am an activist and I am a Filipino. It’s a very hard time for me to be outside of my country, while my brothers and sisters are still sorting through the wreckage and the death brought by Typhoon Yolanda. But I am activist and I know that terrible storm was no accident, so I must take action.

No one storm is ‘caused’ by climate change, but this one storm warns us of the reality - we have changed the climate. If we keep spewing out pollution from dirty energy, it will change further and extreme weather events will become only more extreme and more common.

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