On Wednesday evening we met a large group of what the British Council is calling ‘climate change champions’. They’re from all over the world and are sleeping a series of large rooms in a college in central Copenhagen. Below are some issues they suggested that we talk about. In the spirit of the summit, we agreed these wouldn’t be binging until we’d run them by everyone on the blog, but it’s a really useful start…
1. Is democracy getting in the way of responding to climate change?
Can leaders worried about the next election take long-term decisions? Is China an example of how a strong leadership group unconcerned by voters can take strong decisive decisions?
2. Does the market hold the key to stopping climate change?
Some argued yes, more argued on the contrary the market needs to have its role in our economies scaled back if we’re to be able to respond properly.
3. Are we too selfish (as individuals and / or countries) to find a communal solution?
4. What should the world do with its fossil fuel resources?
Should we stop taking any oil or coal out of the ground? Might sound radical but several of the group supported this.
5. Must we accept that some people must fall into poverty for us to respond to climate change?
The measures suggested by some may lead to a rise in the cost of living which in turn will push some below the poverty line. If that’s the short-term cost, is it worth it if the long-term benefit is that our natural world can continue to function as it is?
6. Has the negotitiation process fundamentally failed?
COP15 has been in the diary for 2 years and yet with two ays to go a deal of any sort looks a way off. The gorup were frustrated with how these two weeks have gone. Doese the way these deals are cut need to change?
Plenty to get your teeth into. Thanks for the BC CC Champs (that’s as catchy as I could make it) for their ideas. they’ll make up a whopping audience of 900 later on.
AND THANKS TO…
The BBC Trust, BBC World News and the British Council all of whom have doen a great deal to make this show happen.