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UN adopts climate-saving draft as stars add voices to call for change

Updated December 06, 2015 09:05:44

Negotiators from 195 nations have delivered a blueprint for a pact to save mankind from disastrous worldwide warming, raising hopes that decades of arguments will finally finish with a historic agreement in Paris.

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The planned deal would aim to break the world’s dependence on fossil fuels for energy, slashing the greenhouse gas emissions from burning oil, coal and gas that are causing temperatures to rise dangerously.

Tortuous UN negotiations dating back to the early 1990s have failed to forge unity amongst rich and poor nations, and the Paris talks are being described as the “final, very best chance” to save mankind.

They started on Monday with a record-breaking gathering of 150 world leaders who sought to energise the method, and the subsequent critical phase ended on Saturday with the adoption of a draft text of an agreement.

Negotiators finalised the draft following an typically tense week of talks at a conference centre in Le Bourget on the northern outskirts of Paris.

Whilst several really contentious points still have to be resolved by ministers in the course of a scheduled 5 days of talks beginning on Monday, delegates mentioned they felt the foundations had been laid for accomplishment.

“We are really content to have this progress. The political will is there from all parties,” said China’s chief climate envoy, Su Wei.

Right after the draft was adopted to loud applause, South African negotiator Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko drew on her nation’s revered democracy icon in a bid to inspire other individuals.

“In the words of Nelson Mandela, it always seems impossible till it is done,” she said.

Schwarzenegger utilizes farm childhood to urge globe to go green

Arnold Schwarzenegger with solar panels Photo: “My brother and I walked 200 metres to the properly to get our family’s source of water for drinking and for bathing every single day,” Mr Schwarzenegger says. (AFP: Hector Mata)

Arnold Schwarzenegger has recalled a childhood of milking cows in the rain and drawing water from a nicely as he named for the planet to turn to clean power and shield the world’s environment from international warming.

The former California governor and action movie star harked back to his Austrian upbringing as he known as for action in an address to international politicians in Paris, on the sidelines of a UN conference where negotiators are searching for a worldwide climate-saving accord.

“A single of my chores was each and every morning at six o’clock to go to the farm subsequent door and to milk the cow and to bring home the milk,” he stated.

“It did not matter what the weather was — no matter whether it was cold, it was hot, raining, thunder, shower, what ever.

“My brother and I walked 200 metres to the properly to get our family’s source of water for drinking and for bathing every single day.

“We played in the fields, we swam in the streams and the lake — the environment was absolutely almost everything to us,” he added.

In his “idyllic” childhood, Mr Schwarzenegger stated he could in no way have imagined a globe in which humanity would dump 40 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

“But I also could not have imagined that a single day I would grow to be governor of the excellent state of California, the eighth largest economy in the planet and that I would have the power to do one thing about it,” he stated.

He pressed decision-makers at every single level to turn to wise, clean energy sources.

“This is the challenge of our time and this is the real globe,” he stated.

“This is not the film globe which is the other globe that I come from.

“There are no visual effects right here, no unique effects, there is no script writing that we can adjust for a greater ending — nothing like that.”

‘Most fascinating time’ in human history

Schwarzenegger was one particular of much more than 50 celebrities committed to fighting climate change, from US actor Sean Penn to Chinese net tycoon Jack Ma, who gathered at the conference on Saturday to support construct momentum.

Actor Sean Penn at COP21 Photo: Actor Sean Penn is one of the personalities lobbying for measures to fight climate alter. (Reuters: Stephane Mahe)

“Possibly this is the most exciting time in human history,” Mr Penn told a unique event at the conference.

“These illusions of getting too a lot of tough options have usually designed chaos. Now we reside in a time where there are no options. We have certainty.”

Scientists warn our planet will turn into increasingly hostile for mankind as it warms, with increasing sea levels that will consume islands and populated coastal regions, as effectively as catastrophic storms and serious droughts.

Tiny island nations most vulnerable to rising sea levels and stronger storms, which are frequently railroaded by the powerful in the UN talks, also expressed cautious optimism about the draft agreement.

Palau’s president Tommy Remengesau Jr said Pacific nations had been currently living “the frontline effect of climate alter” and it will a matter of time before the rest of the world felt the very same, if no deal was struck.

Pacific nations living the 'frontline impact' of climate changeVideo: Pacific nations living the ‘frontline impact’ of climate modify (The Globe)

“We would have wished to be additional along than we are at this point, but the text getting forwarded so far reflects our important priorities,” mentioned Thoriq Ibrahim from the Maldives and chair of the Alliance of Tiny Island States.

No a single in Le Bourget even so, is beneath the illusion that a December 11 deal is guaranteed.

There are vivid memories of the spectacular failure at the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen, the final time the world tried to develop a global warming pact.

“At this point in Copenhagen we were dealing with a 300-page text and a pervasive sense of despair. In Paris we’re down to a slim 21 pages and the atmosphere remains constructive,” Greenpeace climate professional Martin Kaiser stated.

“But that does not assure a decent deal. Right now the oil-generating nations and the fossil fuel business will be plotting how to crash these talks.”

AFP

Topics: atmosphere, climate-alter, weather, environmental-management, france

First posted December 06, 2015 08:50:57

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Call for royal commission into Indigenous corporations after monetary allegations

Posted November 30, 2015 13:59:32

Borroloola community members protest Photo: Borroloola community members protested the sacking of Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation chief executive Michael Gravener. (Supplied: Tahnee Mawson)
Associated Story: Residents demand investigation into sacking of Aboriginal corporation chief
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The sacked chief executive of a Northern Territory Indigenous corporation is calling for a royal commission into what he calls an “Aboriginal industry”.

Important points:

  • Former Indigenous corporation CEO alleges inappropriate use of resources
  • Mabunji Corporation denies and rejects the allegations
  • Angry residents fail in try to elect new Mabunji board members

Michael Gravener, the former CEO of the Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation in Borroloola, in the NT’s Gulf Country, argued a couple of corporations had been unfairly benefitting from billions in government spending although many remote Indigenous men and women remained disadvantaged.

Mr Gravener has launched Federal Court action against his former employer alleging “inappropriate use of resources” and “spend and overtime irregularities”.

Given that getting sacked by Mabunji in August, he has not left town.

From a caravan in the Gulf of Carpentaria’s mining and tourism hub, he launched Federal Court action claiming unfair dismissal.

I genuinely think that there is adequate evidence about the Territory and Western Australia to recommend there need to be a royal commission into the Aboriginal market.

Michael Gravener, former Mabunji CEO

“Mainly I feel it was because I was unveiling a lot of irregularities,” Mr Gravener said.

He alleges he was sacked simply because he alerted Mabunji management to “inappropriate use of sources” by employees.

In his statement of claim to the Federal Court, he alleged “inappropriate use of obtain orders,” including a employees member employing them “to get private groceries”.

“And her reasoning for that was that she didn’t have any cash at that time and that she needed to eat,” he mentioned.

Mr Gravener also alleged “serious pay, timesheet, and overtime irregularities”.

“There was a claim of $ 100,000 for a single person in one particular year [in overtime], if you calculate that would be a lot of hours,” he stated.

He complained to the Northern Territory Police, who are not investigating, and to the Indigenous Corporations Watchdog, the Workplace of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, which has refused to comment.

He has also asked the Division of Prime Minister and Cabinet to investigate.

The department mentioned it “has decided to undertake a compliance overview in relation to PM&C funded activities”.

Allegations of financial impropriety company ‘too common’

Soon after years functioning for Indigenous corporations across Australia, Mr Gravener says he finds allegations of irregularities too widespread.

“I actually believe that there is enough proof about the Territory and Western Australia to suggest there should be a royal commission into the Aboriginal business,” he stated.

Indigenous residents worried about Mr Gravener’s allegations attended Mabunji’s annual common meeting in Borroloola last Wednesday.

Among them was Garawa elder Jack Green.

“Mabunji was set up to appear right after the interests of Aboriginal folks on outstations but from my understanding, I was on the board when they initial began off, it’s sort-of drifted away from what its supposed to do,” he mentioned.

The concerned clan members had gone to the AGM hoping to elect new board members.

They came out angry after the election did not take place.

“They stated it really is not going to be happening right now, its going to be taking place next year,” Mambaliya clan elder Nancy McDinny said.

“I don’t feel they’re listening to the individuals. The individuals are the ones who are suffering out in the community,” clan member Maria Pyro said.

Systematic maintenance failings regardless of government-funded services

Some residents are accusing Mabunji of not providing sufficient government-funded Indigenous housing upkeep services.

Mara camp resident Linda Owens Photo: Mara camp resident Linda Owens has accused Mabunji of not replacing louvers in her residence. (ABC News: Jane Bardon)

Resident Linda Owens lives in a dilapidated tin shack with a dirt floor in the Mara Indigenous town camp in Borroloola.

She mentioned Mabunji promised to make some little improvements to her home.

“Mabunji took this window out, they had been supposed to place louvers in, but they did not place any louvers in, they didn’t come back,” she mentioned.

Asked to respond to the allegations, Mabunji’s management refused to be interviewed.

Mabunji supplied a statement to say it stood by its decision to terminate Mr Gravener’s employment.

“Mabunji stands by its decision to terminate Mr Gravener’s solutions and will vigorously defend any legal action brought by Mr Gravener against it.”

Mara neighborhood member Samuel Evans has just returned to the Mabunji board.

He said he was unaware of the economic allegations, but defended the corporation’s service delivery on housing upkeep and outstation crucial solutions.

“There are so a lot of outstations and we do supply services but some of these individuals on the outstations are not doing their, or aren’t helping themselves,” Mr Evans said.

He hoped Mabunji would not be broken by court proceedings.

“If we collapse, we fall down, it will be taken by an NGO, a non-government organisation, and no Aboriginal person in Borroloola will have their say,” Mr Evans said.

Critics of Mabunji say they already do not have a voice.

Topics: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, corporate-governance, borroloola-0854

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