CLIMATE ACTION SHOW
Produced by Vivien Langford
PLAYING GOD WITH THE CLIMATE
"Artificial Intelligence and the latest technological innovations start with the notion of the human being with no limits, whose abilities can be infinitely expanded thanks to technology, a paradim which monstrously feeds upon itself" Pope Francis Laudate Deum.
Thea Ormerod - Chair of ARRCC- ARRCC
Winton Higgins - Author, Holocaust scholar and secular Buddhist
This show is dedicated to the late Professor Saleemul Huq OBE. He was a friend of this show always willing to do an interview and a major figure in the world of climate action.
Once he was on the phone from Dhaka and in the 3CR studio with me was a Dutch expert on flood control.Dr Huq was so enchanted that he invited the Dutchman to a conference in Bangla Desh there and then.
Later he showed a deep compassion inspired by his Muslim reverence for life, when talking of the Rohyngia refugees stumbling at that time in from Myanmar. He said we will find a place for them . Each of those children has a future.
I think he was on the same page as Pope Francis and was not afraid to call out the climate criminals who continue to export and expand the use of coal oil and gas. He saw their callous disregard for humanity. At the COP meetings he networked among the climate vulnerable nations to get an agreement on loss and damage. He said this was not foreign or adaptation aid. It was a payment from the world to compensate the losses they were suffering daily.
He was proud of the adaptation measures taken by Bangla Desh. They used to lose thousands in cyclones or floods but now they have shelters on high ground where people can go with their livestock. Students are assigned to elderly or disabled people to assist them to the shelters and volunteers with loud hailers alert everyone. He said after the recent European floods that we could all learn from Bangla Desh to read the signs and take protective action. I have learned a lot from his example,
His death at 71 is a great loss to all of us who try to keep our feet on the ground, promoting climate actions that have justice and care at their core.
Hear his voice here:
Read the Letter signed FRANCIS here:
Climate Action Collective