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Climate Change and Human Rights: Live Coverage of Doha Conference

December 4, 2012

Democracy Now! continues its live coverage of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha. In a special interview today,  Mary Robinson, first female president of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, calls climate change “the biggest human rights issue of the 21t century.” Today’s program includes a roundup of the proceedings, as well as interviews with notable guests including Robinson; Naderev “Yeb” Sano, the lead negotiator for the Philippines delegation; Bill Hare, CEO and managing director of Climate Analytics; and David Turnbull of Oil Change International.

Because unconventional gas drilling accelerates climate change and is pushing back against renewable energy development, shale gas is damaging all our work for transitioning to a sustainable and sane energy policy. We think Democracy Now! provides the most comprehensive, accessible coverage available of the Doha conference and of related climate change issues. To help build positive momentum for  desperately needed change, please check it out. From Democracy Now staff:

The U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, Todd Stern took questions yesterday for the first time from reporters at the conference. Stern indicated no change in the role of the United States in global climate negotiations and did not criticize the record per capita emissions of Qatar, the host of this year’s conference. Watch the segment here.

We speak at length with Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, who today heads a the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Foundation. Robinson says,”We have to take into account the injustice of the fact that it’s the fossil fuels growth in the United States, Europe and other developed parts of the world, which has contributed to undermining development of very poor people, undermining their livelihoods.” However, Robinson also points out that climate equity can be a vehicle for addressing issues of development and issues of tackling poverty, “we can actually change the quality of life for both rich and poor countries in a way that doesn’t undermine happiness and good livelihoods.” Watch her interview here.

As thousands cope with massive flooding and landslides from Typhoon Bopha, we speak with Commissioner of the Philippines Climate Change Commission Naderev “Yeb” Sano who says that Typhoon Bopha and Hurricane Sandy “are clear examples that climate change is really happening.” Bopha is the most southerly typhoon ever recorded in the Western Pacific. Watch the interview here.

We also look at a shocking new report commissioned by the World Bank that warns temperatures could rise by 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, causing devastating food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought – even if countries meet their current pledges to reduce emissions. We speak with Bill Hare, a leading physicist and environmental scientist who helped produce this report for the World Bank as well as other reports for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Watch the interview here.

In the final segment, we speak with David Turnbull, the Campaigns Director of Oil Change International, who discusses their new report, which has found wealthy nations are spending five times more money on fossil fuel subsidies than climate aid. In 2011 rich nations spent $58 billion on subsidies and just $11 billion for climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. Watch the interview here.

Please watch all of our previous interviews and reports on climate change here.

Democracy Now! will be broadcasting from Doha throughout the week. You can tune in live at 8am EST or 4pm local time in Doha. Stream here.

4 Comments
  1. Eric permalink
    December 6, 2012 10:01 am

    This appeal to President Obama from Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director for Greenpeace International, offers some much needed perspective and correctly asserts that the U.S. MUST play a leading role in the global efforts toward a just and sustainable world.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kumi-naidoo/an-open-letter-to-barack-_1_b_2246672.html

    • Iris Marie Bloom permalink
      December 7, 2012 11:39 am

      Thanks, Eric. You’re right, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International and a longtime South African activist, is powerfully articulate and right on track regarding what we must insist that Obama do — now, as we are out of time. Your link on Huffington Post is a good one. Democracy Now also interviewed him yesterday (Dec. 6 2012) in Doha so if you want to watch him live, see this important interview from Doha with Kumi, alongside Samantha Smith, who leads the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/6/we_are_running_out_of_time

      • Eric permalink
        December 8, 2012 12:49 am

        Thanks for the link Iris, good interview. Kumi’s comment concerning the lack of public outrage and corresponding need for people to get active is especially poignant.

        I also want to draw people’s attention to a statement released yesterday by La Via Campesina, the international peasants movement representing more than 200 million small farmers around the world, regarding the inaction of the industrialized nations at the climate talks in Doha. They also mention the fact that small farmers are the ones creating innovative responses to climate change on the ground.

        http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/12/07-10

  2. Eric permalink
    December 8, 2012 6:45 pm

    Delegates in Doha have agreed to an extension of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol but not much else. The outcome of the climate talks is a win for the fossil-fuel industries, places an unfair burden upon the poorest developing nations and does nothing to reign in the world’s largest polluters like the United States, India and China.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/12/201212824116863716.html

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