Video: Fijian-Kiwi Kya Lal speaking to the UN

This one chokes me up almost as much as Anj’s speech from 2011. Too often, Pacific voices and faces fade into invisibility at the UN climate talks. Here, Kya – the only Pasifika youth at the Lima climate talks – speaks on behalf of the world’s youth.

Our lands may be small, but our oceans are great. So is our ability to persevere, to fight and to survive. Yet with each passing day surviving becomes harder.

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Oxfam Trailwalker #8

In three weeks, I’m walking 100km to help raise money for one of New Zealand’s best development charities, Oxfam. Would you be able to help us out, please? You can donate on our team page here: Team bio: We’ve all done the Trailwalker before. We’re doing it again. Please donate all the moneys. John Loftus is […]

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New Adopt a Negotiator: Why I Fast: New Zealanders and the Philippines’ typhoons

I haven’t eaten today. I am fasting with the global #Fastfortheclimate movement. I’ve written about the Fast here before, and I won’t repeat the story of Yeb Saño launching the Fast during the Warsaw climate talks in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. That is why I fast: to call for climate justice in solidarity – not […]

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Herald interview: Climate change talks: Dead rats and other ‘disturbing metaphors’

Twelve hours before the Lima climate talks ended, John Weekes from the Herald interviewed me about developments. Luckily, I called it right, and the talks ended just as predicted. Talk of swallowing dead rats and “circumcisions turning into amputations” has spiced up the fragile global climate change talks dragging on in Peru. New Zealand lawyer […]

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