Guardian Australia will release a special investigative podcast series ahead of the Cop26 global climate summit, scrutinising Australia’s role in the climate crisis over more than two decades.
The five-episode special series, Australia v the climate, will launch in the week leading up to the summit, taking listeners inside the special deals, bullying, and brief moments of hope that have marked Australia’s role in international efforts to address global heating.
Former PMs, high-ranking politicians and climate experts will blow the whistle on how Australia became an international climate change pariah in new Guardian Australia podcast series.
Hosted on Guardian Australia’s award-winning Full Story podcast and supported through philanthropic grants to The Guardian Civic Journalism Trust, it will tell the story of a country that has built a reputation of working against international efforts to deal with the climate crisis – of missed opportunities, vested interests, and diplomatic tricks.
From the aggression of Kyoto and the chaos of Copenhagen to the high hopes of Paris, Australia v the climate will take listeners behind the scenes by speaking to the people at the coalface: prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd, Tuvalu’s Enele Sopoaga, delegates, activists and lobbyists.
And as leaders and diplomats prepare to meet in Glasgow for what has been billed as the world’s best, last chance to get the climate crisis under control, the series will prime listeners on the key things they need to know – where the world is now, what has happened over the past year, what to expect, and where Australia fits into it all.
Listeners will also gain critical insight from Guardian Australia’s highly experienced team of environmental and political reporters, including editor Lenore Taylor – who has attended every key global summit over three decades covering the climate emergency. Environment editor Adam Morton and environment reporter Graham Readfearn, who will host the series, likewise bring decades of experience covering the climate crisis.
“Guardian Australia has a proud record of reporting on the climate crisis when others have turned away,” says Taylor. “This series builds on that legacy, drawing on Guardian Australia’s unrivalled expertise in climate journalism to give vital context ahead of Cop26.”
Episode one of the series will be available to download via the Full Story feed this Monday, October 25, with daily episodes to follow.
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