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Marrakech Climate Summit 2016

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  • By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
    The Sahrawis, the indigenous population native to the Western Sahara region, are in a protracted struggle for independence, and face terrible human rights violations by Morocco.

  • As Democracy Now! broadcasts from the U.N. climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, we report that nearly 200 nations have agreed on a proclamation that declares implementation of the Paris climate accord to be an "urgent duty." This comes just over a week after the election of Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull the United states out of the Paris Agreement and has called climate change a Chinese-created hoax. Meanwhile, climate activists staged protests targeting corporate sponsors of the climate talks.

  • As Democracy Now! broadcasts from the United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, we report on an issue that is largely ignored: Morocco’s 41-year occupation of the Western Sahara. Many consider it to be Africa’s last colony. We speak with British-based Algerian activist Hamza Hamouchene, who serves as the senior program officer for North Africa and West Asia at the British organization War on Want. He recently attempted to enter the occupied Western Sahara but was stopped by Moroccan authorities on his way.

  • While covering the United Nations climate summit, we speak with Constâncio Pinto, minister of commerce, industry and environment of Timor-Leste, or East Timor. East Timor was compared to Western Sahara for decades. Both countries were occupied in 1975, Timor by Indonesia and Western Sahara by Morocco. Both populations supported U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for referenda for self-determination, which Timor got in 1999 and voted overwhelmingly to become independent. The people of Western Sahara, however, are still calling for that referendum to take place. Minister Constâncio Pinto just came from East Timor, where on November 12 he was involved in the 25th anniversary observance of the Santa Cruz massacre, where the Indonesian military attacked, using U.S. weapons, gunning down over 270 Timorese. Pinto was a lead organizer of the peaceful procession that got gunned down.

  • As Donald Trump assembles his Cabinet, we look at one of the communities that have been the target of his immigration policy: Syrian refugees. Over the course of the campaign, Trump called them "terrorists," incorrectly accused them of carrying out violent attacks in the United States, and repeatedly said he would end all immigration to the U.S. by Syrian refugees and others from what he called "terror-prone nations." The five-year Syrian conflict has displaced about half the prewar population, with more than 6 million Syrians displaced inside Syria and nearly 5 million Syrian refugees outside its borders. Close to half a million Syrians have been killed in the ongoing war. In Morocco, where Democracy Now! is broadcasting from, some estimate there are thousands of Syrian refugees, though exact figures are difficult to determine. On Thursday evening, producer Deena Guzder spoke to several Syrian refugees in Marrakech.

  • As Greenpeace recently reported that the number of pollution deaths in India is higher than in China and as the country struggles through a second year of drought, we look at the impact of climate change on developing nations and their role in pushing developed countries to meet their targets for reduced emissions and for spending on adaptation. We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, a climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth International who is based in Mozambique, and with Vidya Venkat, senior assistant editor at The Hindu.

  • Among the poets from around the world who came to the U.N. climate summit in Morocco to highlight the impacts of climate change and inspire climate action was Marshall Islands poet and climate activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. She reads her poem, "2 Degrees." Climatologists say that the best-case scenario of immediate and dramatic curbs on carbon emissions is that planetary surface temperatures will increase by at least 2 degrees Celsius in the coming decades. "At a climate change conference, a colleague tells me 2 degrees is just a benchmark for climate negotiations. I tell him 2 degrees is a gamble," says Jetnil-Kijiner. "At 2 degrees, my islands, the Marshall Islands, is already under water. This is why our leaders push for 1.5."

  • Democracy Now! broadcasts from the United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where delegates from more than 190 countries are gathered to discuss how to implement the Paris Agreement from last year. But questions are swirling over the future of the deal following the election of Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull the United States out of the agreement and is a longtime climate denier. We are joined by Mary Robinson, who served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and U.N. high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002. She is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice.

  • During his campaign, Trump repeatedly said he would end all immigration to the U.S. by Syrian refugees and others from what he called "terror-prone nations," and on Wednesday, a spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC defended a proposed registry for all Muslim immigrants by citing World War II Japanese-American internment camps. "It’s such a contradiction from the reality as we know it in the world," responds our guest Mary Robinson, "and the importance of actually having more inclusive societies." Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and U.N. high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002.

  • As we broadcast from Morocco, we speak with former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson about an issue that is being largely ignored: Morocco’s 41-year occupation of the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony located south of Morocco and north of Mauritania.

  • The United Nations says it hopes to mobilize $100 billion to combat climate change and to help compensate victims of global warming. But activists at the climate summit in Morocco say countries are pledging far too little. At a protest today, they held signs reading "WTF?" or "Where’s the Finance?" "The worst part is, $100 billion is not even close to what we need for climate finance," says Aneesa Khan of the group Earth in Brackets. "The amount we need is in the trillions." We get response from Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

    Nowhere is the immediate and potentially devastating impact of Donald Trump’s capture of the presidency felt more clearly than at the United Nations climate change summit here in Marrakech.

  • As Democracy Now! broadcasts from the United Nations climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, the U.S. special envoy on climate change, Jonathan Pershing, says no one from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has reached out to him to discuss U.S. climate policy. This all comes as the World Meteorological Organization is projecting 2016 to be the warmest year on record, and Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. "Legally he can’t, and politically it would be a disaster," says economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. "If Donald Trump goes in the way that his rhetoric … ha[s] portrayed, we’re going to have a brawl in the United States."

  • "Bernie Sanders absolutely would have beaten Donald Trump," says economist Jeffrey Sachs. When asked if the Democratic Party handed the country to Donald Trump, Sachs responds, "I think the Democratic Party handed itself to Wall Street far too much in the last generation. We need a Democratic Party that is speaking the truth like Bernie." He also says he supports Rep. Keith Ellison to be the new head of the Democratic National Convention.

  • The U.N. climate summit in Marrakech is taking place not far from the Mediterranean Sea, where thousands of refugees have drowned while fleeing war and famine, due in part to climate change. "One in 30 people will be displaced from their homes … unless we take action on climate change now," says Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth International. He discusses President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with Brexit supporter Nigel Farage and notes that leaving would likely lower environmental standards in Britain.

  • Pentagon-commissioned reports have concluded the effects of climate change over the next 20 years could result in global catastrophe that leads to millions of deaths from war and natural disasters. We get response from Daniel Kammen, science envoy for the State Department and professor of energy at University of California at Berkeley, who argues the report resonated with U.S. officials, and agrees that "clean energy is one of our best defenses against [displacement], because we can build energy resources for poor communities … with none of the downside."

  • "The clock is ticking on humanity’s ability to tackle the climate crisis," says Asad Rehman, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth International, who calls on President Obama to "raise the bar on climate action" before he leaves office. We also speak with Daniel Kammen, science envoy for the State Department and professor of energy at University of California at Berkeley.

  • Late last month, thousands of people took to the streets of Marrakech, Morocco, to protest after a fish seller was crushed to death in a garbage truck trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police. Video circulating online appears to show Mouhcine Fikri jumping into the back of the truck to rescue his swordfish, before being crushed to death by its compactor. The protests in Morocco were called by activists from the February 20 movement, which organized demonstrations during the Arab unrest of 2011. Fikri’s death drew parallels to that of Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi in 2010, whose death sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. We speak with Miriyam Aouragh, a Dutch-Moroccan anthropologist and democracy activist based in Britain and lecturer at the University of Westminster in London.

  • At the U.N. climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, the World Bank just published a new report finding natural disasters are pushing 26 million people into poverty each year. One of the hardest-hit areas by climate change has been the continent of Africa. We are joined by one of the leading African environmentalists, Nnimmo Bassey, director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria. He is the author of several books, including his latest, "Oil Politics: Echoes of Ecological Wars."

  • Democracy Now! broadcasts from Marrakech, Morocco, where the second week of the United Nations climate talks have just begun. The conference was jolted last week by Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, as he has vowed to "cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs." We feature the voices of some of the thousands who marched Sunday for climate justice.

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