On 4 December 2014, Adrien Taylor of TV3 News interviewed me inside the Lima climate talks. What he didn’t tell me was that he was about to cut to the Prime Minister… For decades scientists have been telling us the world is warming, and now it appears we have reached a new peak. The United […]Read more "TV3 News Interview: Let’s all hold hands"
David Tong is the Chair of the P3 Foundation. Last week, Venezuela hosted an unprecedented PreCOP meeting between ministers and negotiators from 40 countries and representatives from some 80 civil society organisations and social movements worldwide. Here are five important points about the Social PreCOP to know before next month’s climate talks in Lima. 1) The […]Read more "On TckTckTck: Five key take-aways from last week’s Social PreCOP"
The Responding to Climate Change newswire syndicated my closing summary of the Social PreCOP in Venezuela: Last week, I was in Margarita Island, Venezuela, for the “social pre-COP”: a warm-up meeting to next month’s climate talks in Lima. On the final day, there was a closed door (or at least closed tent) ministerial meeting, as […]Read more "RTCC: Venezuela did not hijack civil society climate meeting"
Thought I’d draw a few comparisons between Yeb Saño’s 1000km Climate Walk and the Oxfam Trailwalker: A guest blog from David Tong, Chair of the P3 Foundation. Oxfam Trailwalker is a pretty incredible challenge. You walk 100 km over some of New Zealand’s most stunning countryside, challenge yourself like perhaps never before, and help to support […]Read more "Oxfam blog: The march for climate justice"
Sparked by the dirty politics scandal, I shared my experiences of New Zealand’s aggressive, dirty politics at the climate talks: Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics and the subsequent revelations have shaken New Zealand’s Government. On Saturday, Minister of Justice Judith Collins resigned, facing allegations of interfering with Serious Fraud Office investigations. On Sunday, the Inspector General […]Read more "Hot Topic: We play dirty at the climate talks too: New Zealand’s dirty politics of climate"
Adopt a Negotiator is a blog and media team that the Global Call for Climate Action runs to cover the UN climate negotiations. Each year, they select around ten young climate communicators from over 1,500 applicants from around the world to track their countries’ negotiators, give us a stack of bold “Negotiator Tracker” t-shirts, train […]Read more "Fellow at Adopt a Negotiator"
The Herald’s Element magazine ran my column from inside the Warsaw climate talks: Adopt a Negotiator Fellow and Kiwi David Tong reports from the climate talks in Warsaw, Poland: Earlier this month, Poland celebrated National Independence Day. The United Nations climate Secretariat warned everyone here in Warsaw attending the climate talks to be careful, because […]Read more "In the Herald: UN Climate talks: Rioting outside, hunger strikes inside"
I enjoy taking photos of interesting people – and I think the international climate movement brims with fascinating, diverse characters. In 2013, I worked closely with members of UKYCC from the launch of Humans of the UN Climate Talks, becoming one of the main photographers. Amongst others, I photographed UN General Assembly president John Ashe, UNDP […]Read more "Photographer, Climate Peoples and Humans of the UN Climate Talks"
The New Zealand Herald ran an article about my Adopt a Negotiator fellowship. Unfortunately, it’s hardcopy only not online: Photo thanks to Zeb Stone of Oxfam NZ.Read more "Herald article: ‘Keeping a Weather Eye on the UN Climate Talks’"