Before the Copenhagen climate convention kicked off this week, Prospect and Editorial Intelligence teamed up to gather together some of the world’s top climate change experts and thrash out the most important environmental issues. Last Tuesday’s debate, “What is the Climate on Climate Change?”, featured among others Graciela Chichilnisky, architect of the Carbon Market of the Kyoto Protocol, EU environmental expert Jesse Scott and Rosie Boycott, head of the London Food Board.
The result was a fascinating discussion, in which Scott lamented environment ministers’ lack of financial and intellectual muscle, Boycott insisted that stopping deforestation was the single most important factor in cutting carbon emissions, while Chichilnisky suggested that “the situation is actually good” as long as we introduce certain changes:
We need third generation carbon capture technology, which is carbon negative, to build power plants that suck carbon from the air, and to mobilise the profit making energy industry into doing what they do best–channel those funds to change the $53 trillion dollar energy industry worldwide, and to bring unity to the world economy while resolving this intractable issue of climate change.
Click here to watch these speakers in action, along with responses from Tristram Stuart (author of Waste: uncovering the global food scandal) and Claire Fox of the Institute of Ideas.