Egypt's COP27: Climate Injustice in a Restricted Civic Space

The New Arab
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Egypt's COP27: Climate Injustice in a Restricted Civic Space

With the world’s attention on Sharm el-Sheikh, the episode unpacks the main points of discussion among delegates and activists; namely, climate financing and civic participation. 

It looks at the solutions presented to help developing nations tackle climate change and whether these solutions can be effective given systematic restrictions on civic spaces. 

We speak to a whole range of climate campaigners, including Dan Hodd, a violin-playing activist who decided to travel to COP27 without flying (aroundwithoutwings); Zeina Hajj, Head of Global Campaigning at (@zeinaalhajj), and Ahmed El Droubi, the Regional Campaigns Manager for Greenpeace MENA (@Greenpeace). 

We also reached out to researchers and activists who decided to boycott the conference. Achref Chibani, a non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and a regular contributor to the Arab Centre Washington DC (@ChibaniAchref), told us why COP27 can’t be legitimately viewed as an "African COP". 

Finally, Richard Pearshouse from Human Rights Watch (@RPearshouse) is on the podcast discussing whether this event — given the widespread attention given to Egypt’s poor human rights record — could be a turning point when it comes to understanding the importance of civic society in a just green transition. 

This podcast is written and produced by Rosie McCabe with help from Lyse Mauvais and Hugo Goodridge. Theme music by Omar al-Fil. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions. 

This story was produced as part of the 2022 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published by The New Arab on 11 November 2022 and lightly edited for length and clarity.

Banner image: An illusration compilation of scenes from COP27 / Credit: The New Arab.

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