CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE AT THE OXFORD UNION

WED 13TH JUNE 2001, 8.00pm



The Millennium Environment Debate, REFOCUS The International
Renewable Energy Magazine and The Oxford Union


Result: 274 voted for the motion, 65 against


Press Release. 9.30 am 14 June 2001

OXFORD UNION DELIVERS OVERWHELMING CONDEMNATION TO BUSH

THE OXFORD UNION, WEDNESDAY JUNE 13th


America's position on climate change was condemned by South Africa's Dr Maki Mandela (daughter of the former president) at The Oxford Union on Wednesday evening, just as President Bush attempts to placate Europe over global warming.

In a highly charged debate a packed house divided

274 against 65

in support of the motion proposed by Dr Mandela:

"This House Condemns America's Neglect of Climate Change (as justice and efficacy demand that rich countries cut emissions before the developing world joins in)."

The debate took place in response to America's recent decision to withdraw from the Kyoto accord, and is as a timely test of opinion in Oxford where US presence is always high.

Speaking on Dr Mandela's side proposing the motion was Zac Goldsmith, Editor of The Ecologist. Defending the US in a highly charged and impassioned speech was Philip Stott, Professor of Biogeography at the University of London America was also represented by David G Victor from the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.


Notes for Editors

1. This was Dr Mandela's only UK engagement.

2. The event was a joint initiative between, Oxford based charity, The Millennium Debate, Elsevier Publisher's REFOCUS Magazine (Renewable Energy Focus) and ISES (International Solar Energy Society)

3 Dr Mandela is Executive Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and an active participant of ISES (International Solar Energy Society).

4. Photographs are available from The Millennium Debate.

       

 


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