In December, delegates from most of the countries from around the globe gathered in Copenhagen to discuss how to slow the pace of climate change.
While no full-scale agreement was reached, a political accord emerged from the conference, which China and India endorsed just last week.
But rather than discussing the big greenhouse gas emitters, we want to look deeper at the immediate consequences of climate change on small islands — from the Caribbean to the South Pacific.
Joining Martin Savidge are Ronald Jumeau and May Boeve to discuss:
- Copenhagen conference: results, shortcomings and lessons
- Best/worst-case scenarios: small islands, climate change and the future
- U.S./wider world: carbon emissions, regulation and Obama’s policies
Ronald Jumeau has been the Permanent Representative of the Seychelles to the United Nations since 2007. Previously, he served as Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, and as Minister for Culture and Infomation.
May Boeve is a co-founder of the climate change group 350.org, where she works on international partnerships and political strategy. Previously, she worked on the Step It Up campaign, which helped shape the debate about global warming policy in the U.S.
Host: Martin Savidge
Producer: Ben Piven