Dec. 14, 2009
Indigenous Leaders at the Front Line of Climate Change, at the Front of the Historic Climate March in Copenhagen
On Saturday, over 100,000 people marched in Copenhagen calling on world leaders to agree to a just climate policy. Leading the march was a delegation of indigenous leaders from communities on the front lines of climate change. Democracy Now’s Anjali Kamat and Elizabeth Press speak to indigenous activists at the march and at the Danish National Museum. [includes rush transcript]
“We’re Trying to Provide the Armies that They Lack” – Bill McKibben on Supporting Poor, Vulnerable Nations with Mass Protest Movements
On Saturday, 100,000 people marched in Copenhagen from the Danish Parliament to just outside the Bella Center, the site of the UN climate change conference. Over 3,000 solidarity events were held around the world. Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films filed this report. [includes rush transcript]
Indian Environmentalist Vandana Shiva: “It Is Time for the US to Stop Seeing Itself as a Donor and Recognizing Itself as a Polluter, a Polluter who Must Pay”
The world-renowned Indian environmental leader and thinker Vandana Shiva spoke before thousands at Saturday’s protest in Copenhagen. On Sunday, I spoke with her at Klimaforum, the People’s Climate Summit, and asked for her assessment of President Obama and what he represents in the climate change talks.
Using Controversial Law, Danish Police Preemptively Arrest Over 1,000 Protesters
Saturday’s protest in Copenhagen was overwhelmingly peaceful, but there were isolated incidents of targeted property destruction. To the shock of many, Danish police made nearly 1,000 arrests. Hundreds of handcuffed protesters were held for hours lined up on the cold street. Under a newly passed law, Danish police can preemptively arrest and detain anyone for up to twelve hours who they believe is likely to break the law in the near future. Democracy Now!’s Hany Massoud produced this report. Special thanks to Spike Appel, Sky and Indymedia Denmark.