“Never in 17 years of climate negotiations have so many different countries made so many pledges,” – words of UN climate negotiator Yvo de Boer. 192 countries are attending, and some scientists say it’s the most important summit to take place.
Amid the politicians, are the scientists and professionals who say the science is the flawed. Others think climate change is simply a scare tactic to stop developing nations from advancing. And of course, there are those who say this could be the world’s last chance to provide a cleaner and greener future.
Today WHYS will discuss just how important the Copenhagen climate change summit is to individual nations with a panel of guests from around the world. They’ll be on BBC World at 1530GMT.
They’ll be talking about their hopes of the summit, whether their nations will be able to deliver and how the talks will impact on them. And you can send us your thoughts on what you think Copenhagen can achieve. Here’s a short brief on the guests:
Prabir Purkayasta is an energy analyst in Delhi. He thinks the pressure to combat climate change is a huge burden on India’s development.
Isaac Mwaura is a development consultant in Nairobi. He thinks Copenhagen won’t do much to stop the greed of African leaders and the greed of China and this is detrimental to the continent.
Meg Boyle is a youth activist from the US who is currently in Copenhagen. She believes that the US and all countries. must conclude a fair, binding, and ambitious deal in Copenhagen with goals based in science rather than in politics.
Daniel Mittler is a long time environmentalist and blogger . He fears the Copenhagen summit risks turning into a talking shop, a fanfare of new targets especially on the part of China and the US who will spin this summit as a success when there’s a bigger chance it will be a failure.
And Anna Chen is a blogger who is not impressed with the finger pointing towards China and writes ‘After centuries of predations by western powers which have pillaged the globe including Africa, China’s the Big Bad?’