Sunday November 29, 2015
What do you expect from the Paris climate change summit?
World leaders head to Paris in early December for the United Nations conference on climate change. Checkup asked: What are your expectations for the summit?
With guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.
More from this episode:
- GUEST: Observer of climate conferences, Eric Reguly, says they're "all or nothing"
- CALLER: Youth leader, Kiki Woods, attends the Paris climate conference
Leaders and negotiators from more than 190 countries are converging on Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10, 2015 for the UN climate summit, known as COP21. The international talks will focus on how to slow global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris for the climate talks. Joining him is a Canadian delegation including many premiers and a representative from every province and territory--and Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, who is featured on this week's program.
At the same time, around the world, people are urging world leaders to take this opportunity to hammer out a workable agreement. Climate change advocates have been holding events as part of Global Climate Marches. Organizers say there are over 2,000 of these marches-- which make it one of the largest climate change protests in history. In Paris itself, there are many protests--including one by the Place de la Republique that turned ugly. Riot police used tear gas to break up that demonstration and about a hundred people were arrested.
On this week's program we heard what you're thinking about on the push to respond to climate change not just internationally-- but also here in Canada.
What changes would you like to see industry making? What changes are you prepared to make for climate change? And how much are you prepared to pay for the cost of a greener economy? Are you worried about the economic cost of climate change?
Our question: "What are your expectations for the climate change summit in Paris?"
European columnist for The Globe and Mail.
Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development at Carleton University
Political Affairs Columnist for the Edmonton Journal
Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands
Chair of the Canadian Climate Forum in Ottawa and Professor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria
- As mentioned on the program: The draft COP21 agreement for international cooperation in fighting climate change
- Justin Trudeau focused on climate change as he leaves for Europe
- Ahead of Paris climate talks, Canadians say they're willing to pay to reduce emissions
- Justin Trudeau promises 'Canadian approach' to climate change
- Alberta's climate change strategy targets
- Climate group says New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant's goals 'fundamentally incompatible'
- As It Happens: Alberta's government announces its new policy on climate change -- and the CEO of one of the biggest oil company explains why he's supporting it.
- Municipalities in Ontario and Quebec discuss climate change strategies at a city level
Globe and Mail
- Dalhousie medical student to attend climate-change summit in Paris
- Climate change: The three big battlegrounds where Trudeau must fight for action
- National Post View: Alberta's big-government carbon plan
- Andrew Coyne: Alberta carbon tax hurt by flotilla of new regulations and subsidies
- Rachel Notley's climate plan may be the most radical policy shift ever seen in Alberta
- So What Is This Paris Climate Meeting Anyway? The Basics of COP21
- What to expect from Canada's trip to the Paris climate talks
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
- Paris climate change conference: Everything you need to know about the UN summit
- How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule