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Protecting what protects us

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:54:42 +0100

The diversity of nature is essential to ensure our planet remains habitable. That is why we need to stand up to all those who endanger the global web of life – those who plunder the Commons for private gain.Back in 1992, governments agreed to conserve and fairly share the global biodiversity we all depend on. Since then, 196 countries have signed on to the Convention on Biological Diversity (the United States being the most prominent exception). This year, from December 4 to 17, governments from all over the world will meet for the biannual “Summit for Life on Earth” in Cancún, Mexico.They have work to do. Biodiversity is falling at an alarming rate, with a two-thirds decline in animal species forecast for 2020 (compared to 1970).When governments met in 2010, they said that they would act. World leaders, for example, committed to protect at least ten percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020. But today, with only four years to go, just three percent of the world’s oceans are protected and only one percent are strongly protected (the level of protection necessary to give oceans a real chance to recover.) The numbers are shockingly low despite some amazing new oceans sanctuaries that have been declared recently, like the world's largest marine protected area off Antarctica.Governments must deliver on their 2010 promises. They need to protect more of the ocean, better – and now. That’s what people around the world are calling for. Watch our video about why people love the ocean and want it protected. And add your voice here to remind governments that it’s our ocean – a common treasure that they need to protect for all of us. src="" width="600" height="338">Six years ago, governments also pledged to act against forest degradation and deforestation. They said that by 2020 all forests should be managed “sustainably”. Last year, governments added that deforestation should end by 2020. But reality is different. Even some of the most precious forests we have are still being degraded and destroyed.The Great Northern Forest, for example, is under threat from out-of-control logging, forest fires and our warming climate. The Great Northern Forest covers a vast area stretching from the Pacific coast of Russia, through the Far East and Siberia, over the Ural Mountains to Scandinavia, and again from the east coast of Canada to Alaska.Though separated by oceans, this huge area of forest is a single ecosystem, it is our planet’s evergreen crown. It is home to millions of Indigenous and local communities whose livelihoods depend on it as well as countless endemic plant and animal species. It is also the largest terrestrial carbon store – which means that it helps us in the fight to prevent dangerous climate change – if we protect it.At their meeting in Cancun, governments must be honest and admit that they have not done enough to meet the targets they have set for themselves. They need to take bold new steps and announce that they will protect globally significant natural gems like the Great Northern Forest or the Arctic Ocean. We need a step-change in the scale of protection – on land and in the ocean.Ultimately, if biodiversity loss is not halted, it will not just be animals and plants that go extinct, it will be us. So join us to defend our common heritage. The world’s resources can provide a decent life for all if we share them fairly. That’s the potential promise of the Convention of Biological Diversity. We must ensure governments deliver on it. Nature and people both will be winners if governments act. Daniel Mittler is the Political Director of Greenpeace InternationalThis blog was originally posted on Huffington Post[...]

What will it take to protect the world’s fish and oceans for future generations?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0100

I don’t speak tuna. And I fear my ability to sign in shark could be fatally misconstrued.But next week when people from all around the Pacific and beyond meet in Fiji to discuss the future of fisheries in the region, our finned (and feathered and flippered) friends of the oceans desperately need a voice.The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is responsible for managing the tuna, shark, and billfish fisheries that operate here – to make sure that there are fish and healthy oceans for future generations. But WCPFC is failing to meet the requirements of its own Convention – the goals and rules it took its members 10 years to agree on. Falling so short of the mark, a more apt name for the commission would be, We Create Pacific Fisheries Crises.Will the WCPFC give our ocean friends need a healthy future?The cost of failureWe’ve lost over 97% of the Pacific bluefin, but the management measures put in place to reverse their decline might, if we are very lucky, allow the stock to recover from the remaining 2.6% to about 6.4% in 10 years. Not very ambitious. The problem is with such a small population, it’s tougher for the bluefin to cope with things like disease, and the changes our oceans are already facing with climate change, like warming waters and changing chemistry. The fishery should be closed to give bluefin a fighting chance to recover. If you think you’ve heard this all before, you have – the same thing happened to Atlantic and Southern Ocean bluefin tunas. It seems some humans are not great at learning from mistakes. I imagine that the bluefin have something pretty serious to say about this!And then there’s the bigeye, a close relative of bluefin and also much loved for expensive sashimi platters. We’ve fished out 84% of the region’s bigeye, both by taking out the big fish for the sashimi market, and by catching huge numbers of juveniles while hunting skipjack with Fish Aggregating Devices or FADs. The baby bigeye have the potential to grow into spectacular two-metre long fish that could feed half a suburban street, but they end up being thrown away, or squished into cans alongside baby yellowfin and skipjack.A blue fin tuna hoisted off a Taiwanese longliner at the Dong Gang fishing port outside Koahsiung (2011).The list goes on – striped marlin has been in a dire state since 1977 and there is still no management in place to allow the population to recover from the remaining 12%. Oceanic whitetip shark and silky shark populations have been devastated, and not enough data is available to assess other key shark species caught intentionally or by accident, by vessels hunting tuna and billfish. And with best-practice bycatch reduction measures still not in place, threatened albatrosses, petrels, and sea turtles continue to be caught and killed on longlines. Imagine the racket if we could hear all those animals complaining?It’s not just marine life that is suffering. Too many vessels are allowed to offload their catches onto other carrier vessels at sea instead of returning to port. This transhipping facilitates human rights and labour abuses by allowing vessels to remain at sea for long periods with little or no oversight or ability for crew to report concerns. It’s an issue receiving increasing public scrutiny, but one WCPFC has not yet addressed.A marlin hauled on board illegal fishing vessel Shuen De Ching No.888.Similarly, the independent observers, tasked with verifying catches and fishing operations on board vessels, face considerable health and safety issues. WCPFC has addressed some concerns, but without the tools for observers to increase their safety (like a personal alarm and an independent device for communication), clear rules on who is responsible for observer safety, and transparency in reporting and dealing with incidents of bribery, harassment, and violence, there remain considerable risks to observers and this compromises the quality of data gathered by the observer programme. Observers might have a voice, but sometimes if they s[...]

Where is the hope?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0100

I’m not sure we can win with logic. How do we reverse species loss, climate change, toxins, general overshoot of Earth’s generous habitats? We have the science, but humanity at the large scale does not appear to have the political will. We live in a pre-ecological political world, and public discourse seems corrupted by the mad clinging to those pre-ecological models of development and economics. The ecology headlines this year feel disturbing — 2/3 of mammals doomed; drought in Kenya, Mozambique, US, Sri Lanka; dry rivers and water wars; Zika virus spray killing bee colonies; methane releases higher than predicted; meteorologists forced to rewrite climate predictions, for the worse; Great Barrier Reef collapsing; and American soldiers serving as a security force for oil pipeline at Standing Rock, arresting indigenous grandmothers and journalists.Over the decades, we’ve been able to report some good news: Rivers cleaned up (partially), ozone recovering (slowly, with some side effects), a whale sanctuary (sort of), a dumping ban (that gets ignored); and today: tiger populations increasing in Asia; a mangrove saved in Madagascar; salmon returning to Elwha River in the US, after dams removed; and new agriculture regulations in Brazil that may preserve portions of Mato Grosso forest.Meanwhile, we lose millions of hectares of forest every year, species loss accelerates, and toxins accumulate. I’m an upbeat person. I’m willing to push, and push again, against the impossible, and still keep a sense of humour, most of the time. Even so, sometimes I contemplate: Where is the Hope?In geopolitical politics? I have my doubts. The global political process appears too corrupted, too distracted, too pre-ecological, too superficial, and too slow to actually address and solve our deeper ecological dilemma. In climate conferences? After 30 years of climate conferences, we have the Paris agreement that does not mention fossil fuels or the need to leave them in the ground. The deal does not bind any nation to emission pledges, and - in any case- those pledges no longer appear sufficient to hold temperature increases below 3°C. When we add accelerating methane releases … well, one could be excused for feeling despair. This is where I begin to doubt we’ll win with logic. So, where is the hope?Time’s First Breath © Lisa GibbonsThe long emergencyHistory shows that transforming social structures can be painfully slow. The work helps one practice patience, which may be a good place to start finding hope. In patience. In staying calm, in feeling the world slowly and carefully. We may also take comfort in the historical record, that society can change. When actual change occurs, when institutions transform, it can feel rapid, but the great campaigns for racial, religious, or gender equality, have required generations, and still remain unresolved around the world. Nevertheless, we know: Society can change. We feel a ticking clock with our ecological dilemma, and this too can invoke despair. We hear that we only have 5 years, or, we only have a decade, or we have to change before 2050, or by tomorrow. And yet, nature works over millions of years, millions of generations, shrugs off disasters, and ultimately finds a new homeostasis.I don’t look for hope in the belief that humanity will solve our ecological crises in my lifetime, or even in my children’s or grandchildren’s lifetimes. Nature is long. Stock plays and pipelines are short. The wealthy world lives a lifestyle enabled by a massive energy and materials flow to them, dependent upon colonization, exploitation, resource extraction, a trail of toxins, and a political landscape of warlords and tin-pot dictators, overseen by imperialists giants. Globalized, neoliberal capitalism is dead. We are not going to grow ourselves out of this with market forces, invisible hands, and slicker machines. Nature’s rent has come due. Like wolves, who overshoot the food supply in their wa[...]

Four ways our forests must be part of the climate conversation

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:28:00 +0100

On a warming planet, forests hold the key to stopping climate change. Forest landscapes and agricultural areas can absorb emissions like a sponge. They take carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis, and store it in wood and in the soils. Discussions about action against climate change has focused on rebuilding our energy infrastructure towards a 100% renewable energy future. But this is only one way to limit temperature rise to the 1.5° agreed by the climate change body of the the UN, the UNFCCC. The remainder of the solution lies in our forest and plant life.Carpathian Forest in Romania, 20 Aug, 2016We are moving ahead with building a 100% renewable future, but it will take time. If we end deforestation, forest degradation and the associated release of CO2 into the atmosphere we will start to counter human-made emissions (REDD+) by 2020. To help nature remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in peat, soils and in living trees and plants, we also need to massively increase the restoration of millions of hectares of degraded forest lands, and increase the carbon storage in agricultural soils through effective land management. If we get this right, the land and forest sector can help reduce the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and pass on a climate safe for future generations.Intact Forest Landscapes in Russia, 13 Sep, 2016Here’s how it looks in numbers: 350 parts per million (ppm) is roughly the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere we have traditionally been used to. The industrial age has now brought us to above 400 ppm.  If we continue on this path we could see a frightening 450 ppm or more by 2050, with catastrophic consequences. So, it's not just a about urgently reducing emissions. We need to actually remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to assure a habitable planet. We have to do this without pursuing false solutions, like bioenergy or carbon capture and storage.   'We Will Move Ahead' projection at COP22 in Marrakech, 17 Nov, 2016.The conference in Marrakech barely addressed the forest and land solutions in the official negotiations. However, the awareness for the role of land-use and forests is gaining momentum. Many side events were devoted to forests and landscapes. Scientists made it clear that considered action with greater ambition is needed in this sector. Many political and business leaders and civil society organisations shared the lessons learned from pilot projects on the ground. The Brazilian Soy Moratorium -- the result of a concerted Greenpeace campaign connected to soy related deforestation in the Amazon -- was mentioned as one way forward for public/private cooperation on deforestation-free supply chains.Forest landscapes and agricultural areas are crucial for removing more CO2 from the atmosphere in order to achieve the 1.5° target of the Paris agreement and to allow us to adapt to climate change, promote sustainable development goals and protect biodiversity. These four points must be included in the discussion if we’re serious about tackling climate change:The forest and land sector needs comprehensive, transparent and independant accounting rules for their CO2 emissions and removal, facilitating a halt in deforestation and restoring forests and other natural carbon sinks.Developing countries need additional support from the Green Climate Fund and other voluntary bilateral donors for the forest and land sector and not through emission offset schemes.Countries national contributions (NDCs) must step up their forests and land-use targets, which are inadequate in developing countries and virtually non-existent in developed countries.Indigenous Peoples territories and community rights must be recognised and secured as they are the best guardians against deforestation and forest degradation.Watch: What 750 billion trees can do about climate change src="[...]

Samsung, can you hear us?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:40:00 +0100

Over the past week we've watched as thousands of people around the world joined our urgent call for Samsung to come up with a concrete plan to reuse or recycle 4.3 million Galaxy Note7s.From Hong Kong to Washington DC, you called Samsung’s customer support number to ask exactly whether or not the devices will be disposed of environmentally; you tweeted #GalaxyNote7, which turned into a trending topic in Mexico and took the message directly to their HQ; and most of all you put pressure on Samsung to do the right thing!A disassembled Samsung Galaxy Note 7Thank you for calling SamsungPeople around the world picked up their phones and called Samsung directly to ask: “What’s the plan?” Hundreds of people from Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia and more took the power in their hands and asked for an answer.The answer? Well, we heard responses like:“We don’t have that information”“Samsung will destroy these phones.””I’m sure they will recycle them.”“Samsung definitely does not recycle, ever….”Disassembly of a Samsung Note Galaxy 7Paying a visit… src="" width="600" height="338">Recently, our Greenpeace Korea colleagues took the message directly to Samsung’s headquarters, calling on CEO Kwon Oh-hyun to show real leadership and rethink how they design their products and reuse the precious materials that go into making them.Tweeting to #SaveTheGalaxyMeanwhile thousands of cyberactivists joined a 24-hour global tweetstorm to keep up the pressure and call on Samsung to #SaveTheGalaxy. Thanks to your actions, in Mexico we made #GalaxyNote7 a trending topic, whilst people were tweeting from every corner of the globe!.@SamsungMobile, elige al planeta y toma la decisión correcta para el futuro de 4.3 millones de teléfonos #GalaxyNote7. #SaveTheGalaxy— Sophia Castellanos (@QaLSophie) November 22, 2016Thanks to you we are sure that Samsung has heard our message loud and clear! Now it’s time for the tech giant to get its story straight and give us an answer - the right answer for our planet.How can I be part of the solution?Join the 30,000 people that have signed our global petition to save 4.3 million Galaxy Note7 phones from destructionCall Samsung and ask for an answerShare this blog with your friends / network on Twitter or FacebookRobin Perkins is the Detox Programme Leader​​ at Greenpeace México [...]

Black Friday: Breathe, take a break – the planet can't handle it anymore

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:30:00 +0100

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are expected to generate billions of dollars in sales for clothing and other products this year. But this shopping bonanza also generates greater volumes of waste than ever. That is bad news for the environment.Instead of chasing prey in the jungle like our ancestors did, we chase bargain clothing that seems like a good deal. Just look at the scenes that take place every year in American shopping malls on the fourth Friday of November, when people try to secure a favourable position in the queue outside shops in the early hours of the morning. One could say "Black Friday" deserves its name: Every year dozens of people are crushed, even to death, as has happened in the past.Black Friday, followed by Cybermonday, are intended to mark the beginning of the big shopping season, when some people start buying gifts for Christmas. Both days use heavy price discounting and special offers to trigger a sense of urgency and "exceptional opportunity" to consumers, triggering low cost, high volume impulse buying and – as a result -  overconsumption of unnecessary goods. Because it is so cheap, fast fashion is one of the highest selling product categories on Black Friday, with many major fashion brands and retail giants jumping on the bandwagon. While it is hard to resist the allure of the next must-have outfit, consumption research shows that the act of shopping only gives us a short burst of excitement, but no lasting reward. However, the environmental impact lingers and is all too real.Greenpeace has shown that fashion production uses lots of precious fresh water and pollutes rivers and seas with toxic chemicals, long before it hits the shelves. We are also consuming and trashing clothing at a far higher rate than our planet can handle. Fashion retailers have been speeding up the turnaround of fashion trends since the 1980's, increasing the rate that we use and throw away clothes – the life cycle of consumer goods shortened by 50 percent between 1992 and 2002. A recent report shows that Hong Kongers throw out the equivalent of 1400 t-shirts a minute. Today's trends are tomorrow's trash.We are told that clothes can be recycled, but second hand markets are already overloaded with our unwanted clothes. Greenpeace research found that up to date and comprehensive figures on clothes waste are not easily available. However, we do know that in the EU 1.5 to 2 million tonnes of used clothing is generated annually, with only 10 to 12 percent of the best quality clothes re-sold locally and much of the rest likely to be exported to countries in the Global south. Some countries in East Africa, which currently import used clothing from Europe and the US, are considering restrictions to protect their local markets.Fast Fashion - Environmental Impacts illustrationDue to rising volumes of cheap, low-quality fast fashion, the second hand clothing system is on the brink of collapse. Technical solutions such as closed-loop recycling – which would make new fibres from old clothes – is nowhere near possible. Although there is currently much interest from fashion brands and designers and a lot of promising research, none of the technologies are commercially viable at this point. This means that, as the situation stands today, every garment we buy will eventually end up as waste, to be burned in incinerators or dumped in a landfill.The only solution is to reduce our levels of consumption. It could be as simple as taking a break from shopping on Black Friday to participate in global "Buy Nothing Day". This symbolic day invites people to stop shopping for a day and reflect on what they really need. Greenpeace supports the message of "Buy Nothing Day" and is calling for "Time out for Fast Fashion".Illustration featuring models in polyester clothingIt's time to trash the throwaway-mentality and re-think what we really need in our wardrobes, instead of queueing up for the next cheap o[...]

Stand for Indigenous rights – and for the planet

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:55:00 +0100

For centuries, Indigenous Peoples have been fighting to protect their lands and secure their rights in the face of colonisation, environmental destruction and violence. Today – with looming global environmental crises like climate change – Indigenous communities continue to lead the world in protecting the Earth. While Indigenous Peoples represent about 6% of the world’s population, their traditional lands hold about 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity.Yet Indigenous communities are often those first and most impacted by environmental destruction. Again and again, governments and companies put profit above Indigenous Peoples’ rights. When Indigenous Peoples stand up for their rights and their traditional lands, those in power often go to great lengths to suppress them – from legal maneuvers, to violence, to assassination.Just this past Sunday, militarised police forces in the United States injured over 300 people standing up to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline on the traditional lands of the Standing Rock Sioux. Last year, 185 environmental activists were killed globally, and of those, 40% were Indigenous.Fighting for Indigenous rights and fighting for the planet are often one and the same. Here are four ways to stand with Indigenous communities in urgent, important struggles across the Americas. Water Protectors and the Dakota Access PipelineFor months, the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies – known as water protectors – have been working to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the United States.The pipeline was approved without consultation from the tribe – even though it would carry nearly 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day across Sioux ancestral lands and under the Missouri River. It poses direct threat to the rights and safety of the Standing Rock Sioux, who live less than a mile downstream.Thousands have joined the peaceful resistance at Standing Rock – but law enforcement has reacted with extreme aggression: teargas, rubber bullets, concussion grenades. Across the United States and around the world, from New Zealand to Laos, people are demanding that the US government stop the violence – and stop the pipeline.TAKE ACTION: Send a message to President Obama now to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, and learn more about directly supporting the water protector camps.You can also call banks financing the pipeline to tell them to withdraw their investments – and consider switching banks if you are a customer of a bank funding the pipeline. One major bank has already withdrawn investment from the pipeline after facing public criticism.The People of Clyde River and seismic blastingIn just one week, the people of Clyde River – an Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic – are going to the Supreme Court of Canada to fight for their rights, their culture and their livelihoods. The Canadian government failed to properly consult with the Clyde River community, as required by law, before giving permits to fossil fuel companies for oil exploration in the area. The way companies would look for oil is called seismic blasting – a practice so destructive it could injure whales and other marine life that the community depends on. Without these animals, the people of Clyde River would lose a vital part of their culture and their food security.“Save our Arctic home”"We are fighting for our children." Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to support Clyde River and stop seismic blasting! >> #ArcticHomePosted by Save The Arctic on Wednesday, August 17, 2016TAKE ACTION: Send Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a noise complaint and a message in support of Indigenous rights. And if you're in Canada, join the rally outside the Supreme Court in Ottawa next week.Justice for Berta Ca[...]

One phone call could #SaveTheGalaxy

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:30:00 +0100

At the beginning of the month we launched a petition to ask Samsung to reuse or recycle materials from 4.3 million Galaxy Note7 phones following its global recall in October.Since then the story has been picked up by media all over the world and over 25,000 people signed the petition calling on Samsung to do the right thing. And guess what? It’s working! Samsung has already publicly said it “recognises the concerns” and is “reviewing possible options that can minimize the environmental impact” of these millions of phones. src="" width="600" height="338">However, we still haven’t seen any public plans and now it’s time to up the pressure.Right now, Samsung’s management is considering what to do. If you can spare a phone call and just three minutes of your time today we can convince them to make the right decision on behalf of our planet.What can I do?It’s easy - join us in asking Samsung directly what is the plan with one simple phone call:1) Find the number of the Samsung support in your country from the list here. (If your country isn’t here let us know with a comment!)  src="//" width="480" height="350">via GIPHY2) Call and ask these three easy questions. Write down or film the response!(i) I heard that you are currently collecting millions of Galaxy Note 7 phones. As a customer, could you tell me what Samsung plans to do with these phones?(ii) Will Samsung use this opportunity to recycle or reuse the components?(iv) (If there is no plan): When will Samsung announce publicly what it will do?  src="//" width="480" height="480">via GIPHYShare with us the response using the #SaveTheGalaxy on Twitter or Facebook src="//" width="480" height="240">via GIPHYIf we keep up the pressure we can convince Samsung to see the opportunity in this crisis and rethink how it designs, produces, and reuses precious materials from the millions of phones it makes every year.Robin Perkins is the Detox Programme Leader​​ at Greenpeace México [...]

The world unites, vulnerable countries inspire – but there’s hard work ahead

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:02:00 +0100

I have attended countless UN Climate conferences during the past two decades, but Marrakech will be among the more memorable, and not just because there was a sense of renewed determination here in the face of the election of Donald Trump.Two things inspired me today. Standing with hundreds – from the Moroccan Minister of the Environment to grassroots activists fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground – around our giant #WeWillMoveAhead banners. It was hot, but I felt a sense of connection and determination through this moment of shared solidarity. Thanks to all of you who sent your #WeWillMoveAhead messages. Keep them coming.The second inspiration today was 47 countries at the forefront of climate change committing to a 100% renewable future. That is the kind of vision and leadership we would want from everyone. The Climate Vulnerable Forum is setting the pace here and we will be their supporters and allies all the way so that their Marrakech Vision is turned into reality on the ground.Indeed, there is much hard work to do when we get home. The mood here was positive and determined. But the news is not good. 2016 will be – once again – the hottest year on record. And while global climate pollution is no longer rising quickly, it urgently needs to come down. Coal plants have to close very soon – and there need to be just transition plans developed for all workers affected.Still, the transformation of the electricity sector is now unstoppable. Not only the 47 vulnerable countries are committed to it. We are also seeing cities, islands, states and businesses delivering 100% renewable electricity on the ground. But that is only the start. To prevent dangerous climate change we need to transform also the transport sector and urban planning, switch to agro-ecology and protect our forests and oceans. Indeed, we need to transform the way we live and share our resources more fairly.There is much work to do. But what we can learn from the electricity sector is that one of our founders, Bob Hunter, was right when he said that “big change looks impossible when you start  and inevitable when you finish.” I remember how people looked at me strangely when I said that a 100% renewable world is possible. Those days are over. The renewable energy revolution is now a reality. We need to replicate the success we are having on electricity in other sectors.Inspired by the solidarity I felt today, I know we can do it. So let's. Together. Jennifer Morgan is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International[...]

We will win – despite Trump

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:10:00 +0100

I am hopeful and determined today. The first ever truly global agreement to fight climate change, the Paris Agreement, is having its first ever formal meeting. I have been working towards this moment for decades. This is no normal diplomatic affair. Few expected this first meeting to happen in this year. But here we are. The world has ratified the Paris Agreement at record speed. The cynics who claimed that the world would fail to unite against the threat of climate change were proven wrong. The world is coming together to address the biggest threat we face.This gives me hope. Indeed, it is remarkable to what degree these global climate negotiations are now about good news. Over the past many years these negotiations were about raising the alarm. I remember clearly the fire alarm that Greenpeace rang at the negotiations in 2000. It was deafening!But now, with every new step, I meet someone who is already building a better, renewable world. I hear of the host country Morocco shifting its electricity system to 52% renewable by 2030. I learn from my Greenpeace Mediterranean colleagues about the women of Tahala taking the lead in that transformation. Thanks to solar power, schools, mosques and the women's club in Tahala, a remote village, now have reliable, free electricity.I learn that Brazil is refusing a $1 billion subsidy for coal. I hear about renewable energy in China providing jobs and opportunities even in an old coal town. These stories show that the energy revolution is delivering for people and planet alike. It is now unstoppable. We will be the generation that ends fossil fuels - and we will work hard to do so in a just manner while defending workers rights.Of course, the election of Donald Trump, who is personally invested in fossil fuels, hangs like a dark cloud over sunny Marrakech. But country after country is making it crystal clear here that they will continue to act on climate change, no matter what the US does. Germany's environment minister said that Europe will make up for any emission reductions the US fails to make. Countries here know that climate action is in their interest. That the consequences of climate change are already happening now. They do not want to pay the price of more droughts or more ferocious hurricanes.Greenpeace USA is preparing to fight hard for people and climate under president-elect Trump – and I know many states, cities, businesses and citizens will continue to advance climate action (also) in the US. So despite the dark cloud, there is a ray of light. The tide of history has turned. Climate action is happening. By continuing to fight for it we will ensure that it is here to stay – and we will win.Please join in and support us!Jennifer Morgan is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International [...]