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Climate Change in Bali

What are the people and politicians in the developing world saying about climate change? Nicola Bullard, from Focus on the Global South, joins Radio New Internationalist's Chris Richards to find out, as campaigners in India, Thailand and the United States take a ride through the rhetoric of climate change politics.

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali this December, the nations of the world will be writing a roadmap setting-out how to get to a global agreement for cutting greenhouse emissions. The conference is being held on the Indonesian island of Bali in Indonesia - 'the Island of Gods' - and the Gods know that climate change needs a little divine intervention right now. Just as the Rich World is finally acknowledging that the world is hurtling towards a global warming catastrophe the political game going into those negotiations is blame, not shame. China and India are being painted as the new environmental vandals. Hell bent on development, the increasing emissions of China and India will surely kill us all and block the potential for meaningful international negotiations. As least, that's what's being said by the real renegades - Rich World countries that have turned their backs on committing to a meaningful reduction to their greenhouse emissions.

  • Chandra Bhushan - Assocqiate director and head of the Industry Unit at Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi, India - advocates how India can accelerate development in ways that minimize its emissions.
  • EcoEquity's Tom Athanasiou - argues that it's the countries of the Rich World, not the Poor World, which are responsible for climate change, and now it's their responsibility to pay. Tom outlines his plan, and presents the politics that await it at the UN Climate Change Conference.
  • Daphne Wysham - co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network - reveals why international institutions such as the World Bank are cashing in on the growing climate change market, and how this is hindering sustainable energy options.

The music threading its way through today's program is some ambient funk from Asia: Ryukyu Underground - a collection of original Japanese recordings mixed for dance.

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