On January 20th, the world watched the change of leadership in the White House as President Joe Biden took office and quickly re-joined the Paris Agreement. Was this a political action or one which will result in meaningful policy changes in the U.S. and elsewhere? Will Biden be able to effectively act on climate change? And who will pay for climate actions globally, especially to support the world’s most vulnerable communities? To look at some of these questions, our host Sruthi Palaniappan is joined by Brendan Guy, a Lead Strategist at the Natural Resources Defense Council working to enhance climate ambition from major emitters.
To bring to light the unique issues facing developing countries and small island nations, our correspondent Frédérique St-Jean speaks with two Oxford Master of Public Policy students — Brook Dambacher, a former legal advisor who supported the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group at the United Nations climate change negotiations, and Elsie Fukofuka, a former government official from the Kingdom of Tonga.
The executive producer for this season of OPP is Lian Ryan-Hume. And this episode was produced by Jessica Krejcie, edited by Allisha Azlan and researched by Frédérique St-Jean.
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