Posts tagged Climate Change
Renaissance Man: George Freeman MP Reinventing Business in Britain's Countrysides

Seeking to revolutionise mainstream politics, George Freeman MP gave up his business career to challenge politics and return power to the people, then became a grassroot diplomat.

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Frank Field MP Demonstrates Climate Change Entrepreneurship in Parliament

Frank Field MP is something of an oddity around Westminster and a perfect grassroot diplomat.

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Why Joining the Diplomatic Service was Never for Me

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, opens up about her reasons why she decided to not join the Foreign Service. See what she means in her latest Founder's blog.

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Taking a Ride with Born Survivor Bear Grylls

For the uninitiated, Bear Grylls is not the most conventional man in the world.  An ex-Eton student, he climbed his first cliff at 8 years old, broke his back during SAS training in 1996, and went on to conquering Mount Everest soon after at the age of 23. Nowadays, Grylls is famous for sending average citizens to remote islands to test out their survival skills in the harshest climates. 

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The Good High Commissioner Marie-Pierre Lloyd

Ms Marie Pierre Lloyd, the High Commissioner of Seychelles, has helped empower many disadvantaged Seychellois through her work with MPower Seychelles. Throughout her work, Ms Lloyd has placed ‘those marginalised and vulnerable individuals and groups in Seychelles society’ at the centre of whatever she is doing, and has always done her best for those in need.

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Felix Finkbeiner: Eco Super Hero

Citizen of the month, Felix Finkbeiner from Germany, leading the way in climate change justice. As a child, Felix Finkbeiner was inspired by Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to plant one million trees in his native country. 

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How Nature Saved My Life

I looked down the cliff face at the rocks below, having just finished work on a big budget film in Hawaii. Life had self-destructed in a whirlwind of chaos that left me with no place of my own and no funds to start anywhere else. After being given what most would view as a “blessing”, nothing about how I felt had changed, and my abysmal perspective on life only worsened. 

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Cutting through Climate Change Complacency

Forty thousand diplomats, journalists, campaigners and policy makers will descend on COP21 in Paris. This conference is one of the most important to date and aims to create a cross national agreement, mobilise vast sums of money and allow developing nations to undergo sustainable development.

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Autumn Magazine Peeks at Climate Change

From more extreme weather to increasing food prices, evidence of climate change is everywhere. Yet, the debate for change rises and falls, depending on the political circumstances people find themselves in. In this issue, we highlight role models including Bear Grylls and Seychelles High Commissioner and other environmental experts in the great debate.

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Frank Field MP Nominated for Championing Climate Change with Cool Earth

Frank Field is nominated for his work with climate change charity Cool Earth. Set up in 2007, Mr Field founded the organisation with businessman Johan Eliasch as a reaction to the failure of any progress made to halting deforestation. The idea was originally conceived when Mr Field read how Johan had bought a part of the Brazilian rainforest, employing members of the local community as rangers and gave open access to local communities for sustainable farming. 

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Maldives Acting High Commissioner Ahmed Shiaan Nominated for Climate Change Issues

Acting High Commissioner of Maldives Mr Ahmed Shiaan has been shortlisted for the 2nd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Policy Driver category for his persistent contribution on tackling small state island issues. Mr Shiaan has always held bold and ambitious aspirations for the small island nation. During his tenure as Head of Mission, Mr Shiaan has been a huge contributor to creating awareness of the great challenges small island developing states face within the Commonwealth of Nations. 

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Zac Goldsmith MP Award Nomination for Ongoing Climate Activism

Conservative Member of Parliament Zac Goldsmith has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards under the Policy Driver category for his dedication in raising awareness on the impact of climate change.

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London Councillor Rajwant Sidhu Award Nomination for Greenwich Green Initiative

Councillor Rajwant Singh Sidhu of Woolwich and Greenwich Council has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award who has facilitated environmental change within the Greenwich borough. 

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Parliamentarians and Citizens unite for RIO+20 Debate

Sectors of society come together for the launch of Whole Earth? and discuss strategies to address climate change ahead of the Rio+20 Climate Change Summit in June. On 21st May 2012 in the magnificent St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, over 500 people from all sectors of society joined the Environmental Audit Committee in a public debate on how to work towards a sustainable, green economy. 

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The Power of Relationships

In an interview with InPec Grassroot Diplomat's CEO Talyn Rahman-Figueroa gives her view on hot-topics from gender through to disarmament and UN Reform. The interview was conducted by David Franco. Ms Rahman-Figueroa is determined to tear down traditional barriers and work towards moving from a culture of national interests to a culture of people interests.

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A thousand messages of hope from Cancun

In September of this year, ItsOneHumanity launched its Global Visual Petition Project for Climate Justice with the goal of giving young people a voice in the United Nations climate talks in Cancun. With the help of like-minded youth from around the world, they built a website with a visual petition system in 54 languages.

“To many of us young people, it made no sense that we were still approaching the issue of climate change as divided nation states, being fully aware of the potential damage it could have on our common planet and on everyone of us” says founder Elliott Verreault, 22, of Canada.

Over the past two months the petition has gathered more than 1,000 messages of support. You can watch a short video summary of their campaign progress so far at right.

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