Cindy Baxter

Cindy Baxter is a climate change activist and media strategist who has attended just about every major international climate meeting over the last 20 years. She blogs for Hot Topic. Cindy is on Twitter @cindybax

Why is Federated Farmers promoting climate denial during a major drought? - Hot Topic

Mar 19, 2013

You’d think, in the middle of the worst drought in 70 years, with farmers in crisis, that their national political body might be thinking about  the big picture of climate change and how best to communicate that to farmers. In Marlborough, where the drought is hitting hard, the local Federated Farmers chapter is sponsoring a […]

Lost and damaged - Hot Topic

Dec 08, 2012

At the end of every UNFCCC meeting, on the last day, there’s a grand prize: the Colossal Fossil. So proud:  New Zealand took top prize for the first time, shared with Canada. For a country whose emissions are similar in scale to the Canadian tar sands, New Zealand has demonstrated exceptional blindness to scientific and […]

Dear Negotiators… - Hot Topic

Nov 30, 2012

Guest Post by Sam Sharp, a member of the NZ Youth Delegation in Doha  This morning I stood with 40 other youth from all around the world to represent the voices of 1.5 billion youth who are not directly represented here at the climate change negotiations in Doha. We stood for one and a half hours, […]

How Heartland lied to me and illegally recorded the lies - Hot Topic

Mar 15, 2012

4 a.m. Bali, December 2007, the first Tuesday of the two-week UN climate talks. My phone rings, waking me up. Blearily, and a little crossly, I answer it. I was in Bali to run Greenpeace International’s media for the meeting. The caller was someone called “John” who said he was an intern for a US […]

Cranking it out: NZ papers conned by denier media strategy - Hot Topic

Jan 16, 2012

My inbox in the last month has filled with emails about denier articles in leading New Zealand newspapers. It’s been a veritable crank central across the country. They include the ridiculous opinion piece by Jim Hopkins in the Herald late last year, a similar feature by Bryan Leyland  published in both the DomPost and The […]