I remember the first sight of my dad in the airport. Once he saw us, he started running until we all embraced. Even though I was only a few years old, it's a moment that will be ingrained in my mind forever.
Faith takes many forms. I find it at our Thursday writing table and my fellow writers teach me how to keep it alive.
Slash-and-burn industrial agriculture is a huge source of carbon emissions. Ending deforestation is the simplest, quickest, most cost effective way to help solve the climate crisis. We must let those assembled in Paris know that now is the time for them to say, "Stop the burning!"
We are saddened and disorientated by what happened, but as the Paris motto goes "Fluctuat nec mergitur" -- we are tossed by the waves, but will not sink.
Does the generation that is in power have the courage and vision to save the future for the people who are too young to have power yet, or who have not yet been born?
Leave no one behind. Africa's energy systems are inefficient and unjust. They provide subsidized electricity for the wealthy, unreliable power supplies for firms and very little for the poor.
It's been an interesting time watching the ExxonMobil attempt to defend its track record on climate science, in the wake of revelations that it had bone fide climate scientists properly studying the issue since the 1970's.
This commitment will require shifting the global energy system to clean energy and innovation across all sectors of the economy. It will unleash new technological solutions, mobilise large-scale investment, and shape consumer behavior, all of which will create new jobs and unprecedented economic opportunities.
Communicating the dangers of fossil fuels and the need to transition to a renewable energy-based economy is something these meetings have achieved, and the importance of that achievement should not be underestimated.
After directing 'The Secret' back in 2006, I realized that no story is more dramatic and engaging than the one you and I are co-starring in right now; for if the story of humanity were a feature film, we'd be at the epic climax where our collective choices determine our destiny.
Languishing in government custody is a dead-end for kids, in large part because government can never love children the way healthy families do. If we neglect that most basic need, people to belong to, people to care about them, aren't we just neglecting them further?
Power realities in 2015 are profoundly different than they were in 1945. However it is also fair to say that nothing is going to happen on reform anytime soon.
One might argue that Iceland, with its peerless geological characteristics, is a unique case in point. Up to a degree this is true. However, all over the globe, the geothermal potential is far from being fully realized.
Sonderborg is a picturesque Danish municipality close to the water and the German border, and it wants to prove that climate neutrality is achievable when cities take decisive action and ensure citizens and companies participate in finding new solutions.
And that is why we say: Global warming is the human-rights challenge of our time. If we do not address it, collectively, it can only mean we have decided that the rights of some members of the human family are more important than others.
You deserve a chance to experience the beautiful world that I grew up in. We all need clean air, clean water and natural resources to lead healthy lives.
Today is World AIDS Day 2015. While the outlook for people living with HIV has never been better, many challenges persist throughout the world relating to HIV prevention and education.