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Global Justice: Sharing the Wealth and Saving the Planet

Professor Chichilnisky. Inventor of Kyoto Carbon MarketsHow can we reduce our global carbon emissions and stave off catastrophic Climate Change, whilst supporting the needs of developing nations? Professor Graciela Chichilnisky, inventor of the Carbon Market of the Kyoto Protocol and creator of the formal theory of Sustainable Development, explains the key stumbling blocks that prevented a deal at Copenhagen, and presents her proposals for Global Justice and alternative energy solutions going forwards. What problems are the world powers likely to encounter when they meet in Cancun, Mexico, this December, and what hopes are there for an agreement which will halt Global Warming?

Graciela Chichilnisky is Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management,Professor of Economics and Statistics at Columbia University New York, and founder and Managing Director of Global Thermostat (a new method of negative carbon production which is currently being piloted in the States). Her concept of the Carbon Market has revolutionized approaches to energy costs across the world. A lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which won the 2007 Nobel Prize, she is an advisor to several UN organizations and heads of state, the US Congress and US Air Force, and appears frequently on the BBC and CNN as a commentator. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, and improve the lot of the poor.

Roger Harrabin is the BBC’s Environment Analyst, and one of the world’s senior journalists on the environment and energy. He has broadcast on environmental issues since the 1980s and has won many awards in print, TV and radio. He has travelled widely reporting on environment and energy and interviewed many leading figures including Tony Blair, Al Gore, Ban Ki-Moon, Bjorn Lomborg and James Lovelock.