'Not all people who attend COP25 have same climate change in mind,' says expert

World leaders have failed to curb their nations’ greenhouse gas emissions and developed countries are behind on their commitments to decarbonise their industries and energy grids, according to the United Nations Climate report.

World leaders have gathered at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid to discuss climate change and this summit could make or break the world's climate commitment.

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Bongani Bingwa chats to Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute executive director Francesca Gasparis to weigh in on COP25 and on whether the summit will just be another talk shop.

The challenge will be how do we make these promises that are made by very dedicated people at these conferences come to light. This is COP25, we have had 25 of these climate change conferences and we still haven't seen significant progress that will make a difference.

Francesca Gasparis, Executive director - Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute

Progress will only be made if government's support what climate change experts are saying, she explains.

I have been to many of these COPs, and there is cynicism as not all the people who attend have the same aim in mind. If you are Saudi Arabia for instance, you may not be interested in fossil fuel reduction as that is where all your wealth is coming from.

Francesca Gasparis, Executive director - Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute

Listen below to the full conversation:


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