Eden hosts major climate debate ahead of Copenhagen summit

December 4, 2009
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Above, from Left to right, Tim Smit, Peter Sammonds, Presenter Mike Williams, John Sauven and Vicky Pope.

Eden played its part in the debate surrounding the forthcoming Copenhagen climate conference yesterday (Thursday December 3) by hosting a landmark discussion between some of the world’s top environmental thinkers for the BBC World Service’s One Planet programme.

The panel in the Mediterranean Biome featured Tim Smit, chief executive of Eden, Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office, Professor Peter Sammonds of University College London, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK and the debate was chaired by One Planet presenter Mike Williams.

Chinese and American contributions came from Changhua Wu, the Greater China director of the Climate Group, and Nigel Purvis, founder and president of Climate Advisers, respectively, and Yvo de Boer, the convener of the Copenhagen conference was interviewed, admitting that he is losing sleep over the organisation of the event. Hammer Simwinga, a Zambian agronomist, also contributed, giving the discussion an African point of view.

A diverse range of subjects were covered, including the possibility of Copenhagen delegates brokering a meaningful deal, rising populations and their impact on the resources and the climate and the consequences of the recent leaked e-mail scandal.

An enthusiastic and knowledgable audience added to the debate, with a notable contribution coming from a student from Poltair School who said he wanted to save the rainforests for the sake of his children’s generation, and from members of the Eden team.

The programme is due to be broadcast on Saturday December 5, the eve of the Copenhagen summit, between 6pm and 7pm on the BBC world Service. To listen, visit www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice and if you miss the show you’ll be able to download a podcast afterwards.

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  1. Javier says:

    You are basically right about this; but with one nucnae.If the scientific consensus is correct (I am not qualified to say whether it is or not, so I shall accept their professional judgement) then the impact of climate change on the poorest countries is going to be immense. Entire countries may become unsustainable. The number of hugely distressed people trying to move from where they are to somewhere they can live is going to be enormous.In this sense, tackling climate change complements tackling poverty. Unless we tackle climate change, the future scale, breadth, depth and nature of poverty will change out of all recognition.

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