Democracy Now! – Nov 4, 2021
We speak with Harjeet Singh, senior adviser with the Climate Action Network, who is at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. Activists like Singh are pressuring world leaders to join the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would supplement the Paris Agreement by directly targeting the fossil fuel industry and outlining clear actions that every country could take to drastically decrease carbon emissions. “This treaty talks about ending fossil fuel expansion, phasing out, and also just transition,” says Singh. He also speaks about his home country of India, which has only recently become one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases and has fewer resources to adapt while “rich countries have been polluting for more than 100 years.”
Democracy Now! – Nov 5, 2021
After nearly a week of speeches, negotiations and protests at the COP26 U.N. climate summit, we speak with Meena Raman, head of programs at Third World Network, who says developing countries need more time and resources to adapt to the climate crisis and end the use of fossil fuels. Without a just transition that addresses inequality, she says, many countries will continue to suffer from both poverty and environmental devastation. “When the rich world has not been able to phase out fossil fuels, … it’s really dubious to preach to the developing world that they have to get out of fossil fuels,” says Raman.
Democracy Now! – Nov 4, 2021
We speak to Farhana Yamin, one of the most prominent climate lawyers in Britain, who has been deeply involved in international climate negotiations for decades, including the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, and has also engaged in direct action to effect change. Yamin is currently working with the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group that represents 48 of the countries most threatened by the climate crisis, at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. We last spoke with Farhana in 2019 after she was arrested for supergluing her hands to the ground outside Shell’s headquarters in London as part of an Extinction Rebellion action. She applauds the demonstrators outside the conference who are bringing political pressure on those inside. She says the net zero emissions goal that many global leaders are discussing “has to have emissions that are real, and those emissions cannot be bought at the expense of vulnerable people and countries.”
Democracy Now! -Nov 4, 2021
We speak to Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the low-lying island nation of the Maldives, at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. Nasheed is one of the world’s leading climate advocates, who once held a cabinet meeting underwater to bring attention to the threat of global warming, pledged to make the Maldives the first carbon-neutral country and installed solar panels on the roof of his presidential residence. Now serving as speaker of parliament, Nasheed survived an assassination attempt earlier this year that required 16 hours of surgery. As a result of the sea level rising four millimeters a year in the Maldives, Nasheed says the country faces devastating consequences such as contaminated water, loss of biodiversity, inclement weather and coastal erosion. “We want to see countries agree that this is an emergency, and we want to see countries do things that they do in an emergency,” he says.
Doha Debates – Nov 1, 2021
The climate crisis is a code-red emergency for the entire globe — but its impacts are not being experienced equally by everyone. That’s because of climate colonialism. Rich countries in the global north take actions that divert the burdens of climate change to more vulnerable countries in the global south with smaller carbon footprints, all the while continuing to extract fossil fuels and reap the energy and wealth benefits that ultimately worsen emissions. This kind of exploitation is not new — but what can we do about it? There may be no silver-bullet solution to climate change, but because it is abundantly clear that disadvantaged groups are most at risk, we need to start listening to their stories and their ways of solving this crisis.
Doha Debates – Sep 29, 2021
On September 28, Greta Thunberg took the stage in Milan at Pre-COP26, the Youth4Climate conference, to deliver a powerful keynote address. In her full speech, she calls out global leaders for not doing enough for the climate crisis and resting on words rather than actions, and “blah blah blah.”
Doha Debates – Nov 5, 2021
Wildfires, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss: India Logan-Riley, Māori archaeologist and climate activist, has seen firsthand the effects of climate change in their homeland. They’ve been raising these issues at climate conferences since 2015, and they’re left wondering when world leaders will listen and take real action. At COP26, the activist says Indigenous and other front-line communities are doing the real work to protect the climate, and officials need to join in or “get out of the way.”
CBS Evening News Nov 5, 2021
Presidents past and present gathered at the Washington National Cathedral to pay their final respects to Colin Powell. Nancy Cordes has more on the emotional farewell.
BBC News – Nov 5, 2021
The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has accused world leaders of deliberately postponing much needed drastic action against global warming. She said they were fighting instead to preserve the status quo. Addressing thousands of young people at a rally in Glasgow, she called the Cop26 climate summit a failure and little more than a celebration of “business as usual”. Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Scotland editor Sarah Smith.
Doha Debates Nov 5, 2021
Youth climate justice activists like Xiye Bastida have demands: It’s time for world leaders to commit to drastic emission reductions, divest from fossil fuels, transition to renewable energy and much more. This is a critical moment in history, and officials at COP26 need to take action after failing to act for too long.
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