Special guests Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Dr. Lisa Dale of Columbia University are joined by Paul Beckwith and Regina Valdez at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, to discuss the topic of climate reparations.
The world’s industrialized countries gained their wealth through the burning of fossil fuels, which has heated the world to 1.2°C above pre industrial levels, letting loose a tsunami of climate impacts. These impacts are felt by those nations that have contributed the least to warming the planet. Wealthy countries committed to financially assisting the nations they have put in danger have failed to meet their commitments they promised just last year in Glasgow.
A report from the UN Environment Program estimates countries in the global north need to give 10 times more than prior commitments, 200 billion a year, and by 2030, 300 billion a year. Absent this, countries in the global south will face untold suffering in the form of continued climate catastrophes, climate migration, starvation, and death. With the world set to warm 2 to 3°C in the next 80 years, we aimed to discuss climate, reparations, what is owed, and to whom?
This video was recorded on November 10th, 2022 and published on November 27th, 2022.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs - University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Chair of the Lancet COVID19 Commission, Co-Chair of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition, Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican, and Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Honorary Distinguished Professor at Sunway University. He has been Special Advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres. His most recent book is The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020).
Dr. Lisa Dale - Co-Director of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. With a background in political science, her courses include: Environmental Policy & Governance; Challenges of Sustainable Development; Public Lands in the American West; Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience; Science Communications; and Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainable Development. Her research on environmental policy focuses on climate change adaptation in two distinct landscapes: rural agricultural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and federally managed public lands across the American West.
Paul Beckwith - Climate Systems Scientist. Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Paleoclimatology Laboratory as well as at Carleton University
Regina Valdez - Program Director, Climate Reality Project, NYC. GreenFaith Fellow and LEED Green Associate
Charles Gregoire – Climate Reality Leader, Electrical Engineer, Webmaster and IT prime for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum
Heidi Brault - Climate Reality Leader, BA(Psychology), Library & Information Technician Diploma - Video production and website assistant - Organizer and convener, Metadata technician, COP26 Team Lead for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum.
We’d like to acknowledge these two organization without which our attendance at COP27 would not have been possible.
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