The major issues in the lead up to the Copenhagen climate change summit are the ecological debt that the global north owes the global south, the extent of emissions targets to be set and whether carbon trading can work as a mechanism to reach those targets.
None of these issues will be adequately addressed without pressure from within the summit from climate change effected third world countries and civil society groups from both the north and south pressuring governments into significant action.
Patrick Bond is the director of the Centre for Civil Society in Durban, South Africa.
Sean Robinson started by asking Patrick to give us an indication of how climate change is so devastating to the global south.
This interview was broadcast on Radio Adelaide on the 4th of November.