We broadcast a discussion on climate change from the Copenhagen Concert Hall with 450 young people from around the world. Sheetal live- blogged the event at 1300 GMT so below you have a play-by-play of how the event unfolded.
1302: just listening across to a practice run before they do the programme for real in 6 mins time. There are young people from all over the world – just had Ghana, Australia, UK, and India in the last 3 mins…
1303: Ros has just had to go and get some water before the start of the programme
1304: Ros just telling the participants that there’s no music to keep the pace up, they’ll have to do that themselves! On air in 45 secs…mics up!
1306: Welcome from the Copenhagen Concert Hall from various participants. Is democracy getting in the way of climate change? Trina from India says we must all change our economic systems to tackle climate change…
1308: huge round of applause to start off the discussion. Ros explains the angles of discussion have been decided by the ‘climate advocates’ at the conference
1310: Karl from Sweden says he’s frightened when he hears democracy is a problem. People need to agree CC is a problem.
1311: Greg from US says democracy allows people to exercise choice and this is what is needed with climate change. And it’s the countries needs that need to be looked at first, not global issues. We need to respect US needs first, then global issues
1313: Cosmos from Ghana says democracy is about awareness. Normal people in Africa do not have a say in political discourse
1315: Ros is scene setting, Van Morrison is in one of the concert halls
1316: Livinia from Ecuador says the world is lacking in good leaders, countries should look to Ecuador’s example
1317: Esther from Nigeria says they’ve been there for 3 days, but people are more concerned about their own countries rather than a global solution
1318: Lorea from Canada says the system is the big problem – countries are able to exploit other nations for their own gain. She says global democracy means no nation would be able to exploit another for it’s natural resources
1320: One participant says we need a different system altogether. Ros asks about human nature. Icelandic guest says if we blame democracy we should just blame ourselves. Human nature needs to change.
1320: participant from UK says creating utopia is not going to work.
Email from Laurence in Colorado:
My big concern about the meeting in Copenhagen is that once again, the United Nations is proving to be completely inept at accomplishing anything more than a buffet. The UN needs a really strong leader, a Churchill, or it needs to cease to exist.
1322: Lots of hands up wanting to respond to how we change human nature
1323: Lamaa from Egypt says developed countries need to pay their own price, the developing world has already paid its price with taking the waste of the rich nations. She gets a bit of applause….
Dan posts on our blog
The 3rd world nations have DEMONSTRATED that they have no interest in solving the problem. They know Global Warming is a myth so as to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor.
1324: participant from Denmark says we should just become less greedy…stop buying so much, become more aware of global and cultural issues.
1325: Jane from UK says it’s fundamentally wrong to say humans are naturally greedy. People want better quality of life, not more consumption. Govts should be promoting happiness, not GDP…ripple of clapping in the audience. Another UK participant disagrees with this
1327: Elina from Finland: when we have a mindset of a global citizen that’s when we can tackle CC
1328: participant from Ethiopia says we need more cross collaboration.
1329: break for news bulletin, Ros talking to audience about how the second half will start, after getting a countdown from Mark in his headphones
Chintan in Houston posts on our blog
Democracy can’t possibly get in the way of climate change. It is the only reason so many activists are out there right now trying to get their voices heard and insisting the lawmakers to make a decision that will slow down global warming.
1331: Ros is rounding everyone up, only 90 secs to go. Someone just asked if she has time to go to the bathroom…still waiting for an answer from Ros!
1332: Big round of applause to the start of the second half, Ros does his intro again. Participants have been munching on sandwiches during the break…
1334: Nazeena from Bangladesh says there will be 30million displaced people in 20 years time. They are not greedy, they just want somewhere to live.
1334: US participant says messages of hope and progress need to get through to the politicians and this isn’t happening.
1335: Francois from Canada says his economy is controlled by private companies, not by democracy.
1336: UK participant says we need to be hopeful of a solution. Even if a deal isn’t reached, at least people are talking.
1338: Abdul from Indonesia says democracy teaches us it’s a faceless system, much like other systems. Leaders that make a decision now cannot be held responsible in 10 years time, everyone should take individual responsibility.
1339: Sri Lankan participants says we need to lok at more scientific solutions.
1340: Ros says he’s still lacking the details he needs to understand what people are saying. Esther from Nigeria explains that global democracy is about mutual respect.
1341: A participant is across the Copenhagen blogs, people are saying that there isn’t a clear sign of progress at the actual summit…yet
1342: Nepalese participant says the fact that no deal has been reached yet is incredibly frustrating. Ros reiterates that the world leaders still haven’t reached a compromise..so what should be done?
1343: Laura from Mexico says the process at the Copenhagen summit is NOT democratic, this makes her angry.
1344: Ros says tempers are fraying at the summit, some NGO’s have walked out of the talks, gets reaction from the participants.
1345: Leona from Sweden says make the big companies pay back their debts to developing nations.
1346: we have moved quite far, but we still need to educate people. Megan from Canada say we’ve come to Copenhagen knowing full well that we will need to meet again, it’s no surprise that no deal has been reached.
1348: one participant says things can change in a couple of hours. Ros asks the audience if they think a deal can be reached, less than a third put their hands up.
K. Bala posts on our blog
The war in Afganistan, Iraq has caused/causing considerable pollution. I understand from Srilankans that indiscriminate bombing in the north of Srilanka has has considerably increased the number of Cancer patients there. I really appreciate the speech made by Prince Charles appealing to the nations to place their ‘signatures’ to find ways and means to mitigate the causes for climate change.
1349: Fumi from Nigeria says whatever decision is made needs to be held to account
1350: Danish paticipant says all she hears about is politics, does this mean we all have to become politicians to make a change?
1350: female participant says it’s too late for a deal now, too much change and no action, we will have to meet again
1351: Ravi from India says he’s optimistic that a deal can be reached. And if we fail, we can restart the process
1352: Kevin from Kenya says the world is becoming smaller but NGO’s are being locked out because there is no democracy at a global level…change the system. A ripple of applause from the back…
Governments love unseen enemies; Terrorism and Climate Change are perfect issues for them to use against the peoples that they govern. There are far greater issues at hand than just Carbon Dioxide. How about taking the $10 billion or whatever that has been pledged by these misguided fools in Denmark, and actually use it to feed the hungry instead?
1353: Danish participant says he loves watching so called demcratic politicians fighting in Parliament, especially in the UK. Expectations for a deal have been too high, how can we expect so much when so many politicians are fighting each other to get laws passed?
1355: Ryan from North Coralina says it’s human nature to be tribal. Very pessimistic about a deal, we should be looking at market based incentives. Ros says the audience had a sharp intake of breath at this suggestion…
1357: Ros asks if they’ve been let down by the summit. Danish man who travelled for several hours says we need to stop living the way we live now.
1358: female participant says industry is frustrated by climate change
1358: participant from India says we need to be louder in telling our politicians we need change
1359: close of programme, Ros thanking everyone, lots of applause. And I can hear people going over to Ros for an off mic chat…