Earlier this month, representatives from nearly 200 countries met in Doha, Qatar for another round of global climate talks. It was the 18th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The gathering included politicans, diplomats, scientists, NGO workers, and youth delegations from across the world.
As the talks closed on December 8th, delegates agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol for another 8 years, until 2020. But the signatories of this second phase only account for 15 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Russia have all opted out. The United States never joined Kyoto in the first place.
Join us as we navigate the murky waters of global climate talks. Our guide will be the Canadian Youth Delegation, the group of ten sent to Doha to represent a civil society voice at the talks. Most of the audio for this week’s show is pulled from their recent podcasts, produced by Nadia Kanji.