Dec. 7, 2009
Climate Countdown: Largest Climate Summit in World History Opens in Copenhagen
Democracy Now! broadcasts live from Copenhagen from inside the Bella Center, where thousands of delegates from over 190 countries are gathering for the largest climate summit in history. Over the next two weeks, 100 world leaders are expected to attend the UN conference that has been described by some scientists as the most important the world has ever seen. We play highlights from the opening ceremony with the mayor of Copenhagen, Ritt Bjerregaard; Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, speaking on Sunday. [includes rush transcript]
Ritt Bjerregaard, mayor of Copenhagen.
Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Ahead of Copenhagen Talks, Tens of Thousands Protest Across Europe Calling for Climate Justice
While protests are expected to start later this week in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people marched throughout Europe on Saturday calling on world leaders to reach an agreement to reduce emissions in Copenhagen. Protesters took to the streets in Belfast, Glasgow, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and London. The largest protest was in London, where organizers of the Stop Climate Chaos protest put the crowd total at 50,000. Participants in the march included Britain Climate and Energy Secretary Ed Miliband, actor Peter Capaldi and former BBC weather presenter Michael Fish. [includes rush transcript]
Climate Change and the Global South: A Roundtable Discussion
We host a roundtable discussion with three guests who have extensively studied how climate change is affecting poor populations around the world: Saleemul Huq, a Bangladeshi-born scientist and lead author on parts of the last two reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Lidy Nacpil of Jubilee South; and Tim Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network. [includes rush transcript]
Saleemul Huq, Bangladeshi-born scientist who now heads the climate change group at the International Institute for Environment and Development. He was a lead author on parts of the last two reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network
Voices from Africa: Drought, Crop Shortages, Deforestation and Increasing Number of Climate Refugees Linked to Climate Change
We are in Copenhagen, Denmark, where more than 15,000 participants from 190 countries are taking part in the two-week climate change summit. On Sunday, Democracy Now! producers Mike Burke and Elizabeth Press spoke to several delegates, activists and journalists from across Africa, from Ethiopia to Swaziland. [includes rush transcript]
Isabella Masinde, African Wildlife Foundation
Chikondi Juma, Malawian journalist
Titus Dlamini, Swaziland National Trust
Samwel Naikada, Indigenous activist from Kenya
Iyabo Onibokun, International Alliance for Indigenous People
Yinka Adeyemi, Economic Commission for Africa
Timothee Kagonbe, Activist from Cameroon