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12/09/19 12/09/19 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from the u.n. climate summit in madrid, spain, this is democracy now! >> where here to stop corporate the resources. we w want to makake the v voicef lolocal mmunity's all over t the world to count and to put an n d to climate c change. amy: hundreds of thousands took
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to the streets of madrid friday night to demand swift action to halt thehe climate crisis as the 25th u.n. climate conference heads into its second week. indigenous leaders and youth activists, includi greta thunberg led the prostst. ,>> world leaders have ththered heheren madrid to negotiate our future. the hope isll you not thinin t walls o the cop25. you.ope is out here with amy: then, from the madrid stock exchange to the world famous prado museum, activists take us on a toxic tour exposing the fossil fuel polluters bankrolling this year's climate talks -- until police shut it down. >> the police came and interrrrupted us.
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they think we are giving very bad publicity to spanish companies. and i think it is our right to do this. and basicacally, they threaten s with fines over 30000 euros. amy: how do you feel about that? >> i feel ashamed. amy: and in the aftermath of a typhoon that devastated the philippines last week, we speak with the former philippines chief climate negotiator yeb sano. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from madrid, spain. the house judiciary committee is holding a second hearing today as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into how president trump pressured the ukrainian president to investigate trump's political rival, joe biden, and his son.
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at today's committee hearing, democratic counsel for the house intelligence committee, daniel goldman, will present evidence for impeachment, while republican lawyer stephen castor will present evidence against impeachment. this is house judiciary committee chair jerrold nadler speaking sunday on n nbc's "meet the press." >> some of these things are very clear at this point. there is overwhelming evidence, uncontested by the republicans, that the president put himself above the country, that the president sought foreign assistance in elections, sought to cover it up, completely defied participation in the congressional investigation in order to hide his role that he sought foreign assistance for the next election. amy: in florida, the fbi is conducting a terrorism investigation after a shooting at n naval air station pensacol, in which a saudi air force ofofficer killlled three sailord
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wounded d eight others on the base. the fbi says the gunman, mohammed alshamrani, carried out the shooting using a glock 9 mm pistol that he bought legally. president trump said he received a phone call from saudi king salman. trump told reporters "they are , devastated in saudi arabia." but trump never used the word "terrorism" and he avoided answering any questions about why the united states is training members of the saudi military, even as saudi arabia faces accusations of repeated human rights abuses in yemen. here in madrid, spain of , hdreds thousands of peoeople took to the e streets frfriday t to demand swift action to halt the climate crisis as the 25th u.n. climate conference heads into its second week. then on saturday, hundreds of activists with extinction rebellion blocked the emblematic shopping strip by dancing disco in the middle of the street. this is protester saul flores. extinction!
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extinction! >> rebellion! >> we want them to tell the truth. gasest them to reduce the by 2025. -- now them to create what we want is -- the last cup without results. amy: and just as we went to broadcast today, activists staged a die-in just outside the cop protesting in mesa. when democracy now! try to interview the protesters, one crew member was manhandled by the spanish police and threatened with arrest. the spanish police also broke up a toxic tour on saturday were activists were calling attention to endesa and other companies that either pollute or find fossil fuel companies supporting
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the u.n. cop. it comes as tens of thousands more people in the philippines were forced to evacuate their homes amidst some of the worst flooding in decades. the monsoon rains have been intensified by typhoon kammuri, which hit the philippines last week, killing at least 17 people and forcing half a million people to evacuate their homes. increased rainfall and more powerful typhoons have been linked to climate change. we will speak with yeb sano later in the broadcast. and and more climate news, the international union for the conservation of nature warns climate change is driving the oxygen out of the oceans at an unprecedented rate, threatening many species of fish, including tuna, marlin, and sharks. in iraq, unidentified gunmen killed at least 25 protesters in the capital baghdad friday, amid -- among the worst since the antigovernment protest erupted
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on october 1. security forces and militias have killed over 400 protesters so far as the al jazeera reports other protesters have been tortured by security forces while in custody. on friday night, and unmanned drone also bombed the home of a prominent cleric in the southern city. no one was injured in the bombing. the u.s. state department has imposed sanctions on three iraqi paramilitary leaders over their alleged role in killing anti-government protesters in iraq. in india, at least 43 people have been killed in a fire that swept through a toy factory in delhi while workers were sleeping inside. the exit doorsrs were locked and many died of asphyxiation because they were unable to escape. the factory was well known to lack fire escapes and emergency exits. also bolivian presidedent evo morales traveled to cuba from mexico, whwhere hehe's been r rd political asylum following his military ouster last month. one of morales' aides say he
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traveled to cuba for a medical appointment. bolivia has been rocked by protests since morales' ouster, with security forces carrying out multiple massacres against morales' indigenous supporters. protests against economic inequality and right-wing governments continue to rage across latin america. in chile, thousands of protesters poured into the streets friday to demand the resignation of president sebastian pinera. in colombia, thousands also took to the streets on sunday, banging pots and pans and demanding the resignation of colombia's right-wing president ivan duque. and in brazil, two indigenous leaders were killed saturday. firmino guajajara and raimundo guajajara were riding on a motorcycle when they were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen. the two were killed while returning from a meeting with brazil's electric utilities company, eletronorte, and the brazilian national indigenous foundation, where they had been advocating in defense of indigenous rights.
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in hong kong, 800,000 protesters marched sunday in one e the biggest pro-democracy protests in mononths. sundayay's march was the first permitted protest since august. over 6000 protesters have been arrested and hundreds injured since the protests began six months ago today. in france, protesters are disrupting public transport for a fifth straight day amid massive demonstrations against president emmanuel macron's proposed pension overhaul. macron is vowing to press ahead with the pension changes, despite overwhelming public opposition. the french government plans to unveil full details of the overhaul on wednesday. in finland, 34-year-old sanna marin is slated to become the world's youngest sitting prime minister after narrowly winning a vote among finland's social democrat lawmakers sunday. marin was raised by a single mother and was the first in her family to attend university.
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she will be sworn in tomorrow. in beirut, lebanon man lit , a himself on fire during an anti-government protest saturday. the attempted self-immolation comes as beirut has been rocked by weeks of massive demonstrations against corruption and economic inequality that forced prime minister saad hariri to resign. but on sunday, the leading candidate to replace him withdrew his candidacy, forcing the government to postpone scheduled talks aimed at namingg a new prime minister. north korea reportedly carried out a missile test at the sohae satellite launching ground saturday, as north korea's ambassador to the united natiois said that denuclearization was off the table in north korea's negotiations with the united states. president trump tweeted a warning toto north korean leerer kimm jong-un sunday, telling him not to threaten their "special relationship." iran has freed an american
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graduate student imprisoned for three years in tehran amid a prisoner swap. princeton graduate student xiyue wang was conducting research in iran when he was arrested in august 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in iranian prison on espionage charges that u.s. officials call groundless. in exchange, the u.s. has freed iranian scientist masoud soleimani, who was arrested at a chicago airport last year and was convicted on charges of violating u.s. sanctions against iran. and here in madrid, more than 1000 people gathered for a peaceful protest sunday near a shelter for unaccompanied refugegee teenagers who haveve n targeted by frequent verbal and physical attacks by right-wing politicians and street mobs. last week a hand grenade was thrown over the wall of the shelter in the latest attack. the grenade did not explode until the bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion. this is 17-year-old abass fofana, a refugee from guinea
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bissau who previously lived at the shelter. >> what people are doing right now, i no longer feel comfortable living in spain. it is not right. what i can say is people should stop what they're doing and leave immigrants alone and let us do what we came here to do -- study. help us get a diploma and work. amy: and this is juan gonzalez martinez, a resident of the neighborhood where the shelter is located. >> the past few month, the far right wing political party, the fascist fox, has put a focus on the neighborhood, on targeting these youth for their own electoral and partisan purposes. amy: and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadadcasting from insie united nations climate change conference here in madrid,
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spain, where representatives from almost 200 countries have gathered for the final days of negotiation. the climate summit, known as cop25 or conference of parties, has so far focused on meeting the 2015 paris a aeement too lim global temperatee rise to well below 2 degrees celusus, or 3.6 deeeees faenheit. but climate scienttsts sayhe talks are ililing takake e drtic meases necesry to address thclimimate crisis. since the paris reement four yearago,o, genhouse gas emisons haveisen by , and th year's summithows no gn of arresting that trend. on friday, as hundreds of thousandprepared to take to the streets of madadrid in protest, 16-year-old swedish climate activist grereta thunbeg addressed d reporters.s. >> we have been striking now for over a year and still, basically, nothing has happened.
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is stillte crisis being ignored by those in power. and we cannot go on like this. it is not the sustainable solution that children skip school. we cannot go on like that. continue, so we would loveve some action fromome people in power. i mean, because people are suffering and dying from the climate and ecolicical emergency today, and we cannot wait any long. amy: protesters then mched rorough dridid's cici center fridayight in a massive climate densnstratn leled indigeno l leade andnd yth activists. democracy nonow! was there in te streets. south ofrom india, the
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india, coastal community. coastal communities across asia are now getting that bad end of the stick because of the climate emergency. we are here to speak for our people. we know our government and everybody in the u.s. is now ,eing controlled by lobbyists oil companies, and fossil fuel companies. this cannot be. see the voice of the people is heard. there must be a a lost and d dad fun n soeople cann cope with climate emergencies. >> i am from nigeria. we are here to stop corporate power. we are here to stop corporate capture of the states, corporate capture of the united nations, corporate capture of the resources.
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we want the voiceses of local communitities all over thehe wod an end tond t to put climate change. there is flooding, a lot of people are dying from climate change. and now farmers are not able to plant because of the soil problems in nigeria. >> i am from the tribe of lance legally occupied by canada. the climate solutions are and you wish and of indigenous genocide. in our territory, we have coastal gas leak invading the homes and forcibly removing indigenous people from their ancestral territories for lng, which is, according to the governments, climate solution because it is a transition from coal. we're here to say climate
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solutions in the fight for climate change have to be a fight for indigenous people and if i for indigenous lands because as indigenous youth, we don't have a choice to ask. this is abouout our survival. >> what t we want? >> climate justice! >> i am from chile. we are marching for climate change and for the stop of the repression in chile where people are getting hurt. changesooking for deep in our economic system so we stop hurting the environment and harming people. chile is a country that is extremely vulnerable to climate change for geographical reasons. we are being affected severely. it is very severe. the river that feeds chile has
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lost 50% of its flflow in the et decade. that is how serious this is. the 25th conference and nothing has changed. they have been talking for 255 yeyears, a quarter of a century, and nothing has changed r really in the ground and carbon dioxide is rising in the atmosphere. so when are we going to really ask the government to change things in the ground? if you go to the official cop, you'll see all of the companies that are guilty for the situation we're in today are sponsoring the cop, so it is a very powerful greenwashing. >> hello. i am from the omaha tribe of never ask a. i'm here with the indigenous
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youth activists to attend the climate actionon. to see people come here to spain, an area that has impacted us so heavily by colonization. for us, a lot of people at cop, these countries, they have never learned how to live sustainably. they have always been based upon a system that takes and needs more and morore whereas indigens people like our r traditions hae always been sustainable and because of colonization, that is been taken away from us. for us to be here, it is not so much we are trying to learn how to live sustainably, we have always been protectors of the --d, with always worked with we have alwlways worked witith nature. it is impoportant price that we look to indigenous people as leaders of the climate movement and not just victims.
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>> we're here to build solidarity, here to stand in support of the people of chile, support the people of colombia and ecuador and brazil who are fighting climate capitalism. we have to stand together with the people of the streets and ,he forests and the oceans fighting neoliberalism, fighting imperialisism.. we a are fighting against the united states and its white supremacy, militarizatation. we have l look thehesehingss stand togethein solidarity. amamy: tt last voice was tom goldototh, executive directoofof the ingegenousnvirironntal twork.k. asundreds of thousdsds mared to the main stage, two young -- unusual action took place above them. amy: two young people are dangling from a bridge about 30 ,feet apart for them
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about 50 feet above the groround with a r rope between them. they've just unfurled a banner that says "just eight years until 1.5 degrees centigrade. how dare you?" explained, we are eight and 11 years old. when we are adults, it will be too late to stop the climate crisis. that is why we are the climbing kids. kletterkinder fridays for future. right now the eight-year-old girl has just climbed out and her 11-year-old brother is climbing. they have been climbing all of their lives. their parents are security climbers. their father said to me, climbing is say. climate change is not. can you tell us your name? >> we have just started to learn english. amy: why don't you share the
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statement with us? >> hello, we are the climbing kids. we are here in ourur first clime summit. it will be used, up. what we need is stop the climate crisis and we neneed it now. what you see is [i[indiscernibl] with every delay, there will be more people dying. >> how dare you. amy: yes, those were the climate his, 11-year-old boy and eight-year-old sister. the day before their protest, twitter account for the children named "kletterkinder" tweeted -- "but isn't this dangerous? small kids climbing to hang a banner? no it isn't. the #climatecrisis is dangerous." the kletterkinder aren't new to climbingng for the climate. they have also staged protests
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in front of brandenburr r gate in berlin and at a fridays for future demstration in aachen germany. , as the climate kids came down from the bridge in madadrid on friday, demonstrators continued to march into the city center, where brazilian indigenous leleader sonia guajajajara addrd ththe crowd. for helpsking becaususbolsonaro is not just a problem for brazil. he is our proem for the entire ananet. ththe azon i ibeing burned and her defenders are being cruelly assaininated risk, much more than befe. they want to recall and es s us and impose a singulawaway of lifefe each one of us is wire inhis fight that was inflieded untus against life, fight that has been happening for over 00 ars.s. we don't have a plan b. we don't ha a a planet b. and each one of us is fundamental in this fight.
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speech, day after that two indigenous chiefs -- firmino prexede guajajara and raimundo guajajara -- were gunned down in a drive-by shooting saturday in brazil. back at the march on friday night, other speakers included the tor r jaer bararm. in 2007, he became t f first spanisacactor winin aacademem award r r acti foror h acting f supportg role in "no couny y for d memen." he addssed the crowd in spisish. >> there are only three woss at can ee ththe pact that alrey are sufuffeng -- emergenc ambition, and reduction. decisions and commitments that are made ring these days wiwill comprise all of our futu, as well as our son our daughter and our grandchilen
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.nour entire planet policicians st a actn accordance to thisistoric moment. anthis is personaloror me, who abandoned the glglobal agreement -- and this i -- stupidnaforr me almeda w w wantsoo reverse madrid central and allow to circulatininner capital y: that is acade award-winnin actororavier bardem. apologize onr twitter for calling e mayor and e presidt ofof t unitete statestupid.d. swedish youth tivist greta thunberghen tookhe mic. madria, the the middle of
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clime and ecogogical emergcy and we need to srtrt treingg this cris likeke crisis and we need to step out of our mfmfort nes. and that is at we ardoing right now. werere steing out of our mfort zes telli the people in power that they mustake eir respsibilitynd protect futurendnd present generations. [applause] we are here right no today because the cop25 is goinon ritt now. world leaders have gathered hee madrid to negotiate our future. and i n tell you the hope is
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not within the wal of the cop25. the hopes s out here with you. [applause] they say rig n now i this march, 50 0 peop at t let aree particating. it is the people who are the hope. yoarare th hope. and we need to continue. we need to keep thmomoment gog. and we need to ld our voices to the people of the gbal south and two indigenous people who e suffering the most.
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they change we need is notoing to come from the people in pow as it is now. e e chan is s gog to come from thmasses, om the people demaining action. and that is us. we're the ones rere goi to ingg cnge. [applause] the currenworld leaders ar betrining us. and we will not let that happen anymore. we will not t t themet a awa wiwi it anymore. we say enough now. and change is coming whether you keke it not. [applause]
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beuse we have no other choice. ththank u. [alaususe] amy:hat wawa6-year-old swedish climatate activist greta thberg. a grouofof indigenouous leaders then took tohe s sta to sisi and give speeches, but aerer some o of their speeches thehe micropophone was c cut and thehe lighghts on stagage we shuhut os others tried to speak. thiss ereriederangng, founde and executive direct o of th group indigenous clitete actn of candida member of the , , a atbaskskanhippewewa first nation, describing what happened. the firstmember of nation and executive direcr r of indidigeus clilite action. i am from canada.
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this was the futures for friday march. what happened was therwawas an inindinous block and throughout thmamarch strugglto matainin o position right bebehindhe f fro of thth banner. so when the indigenous people finallmamade i to the front dd e ststag theyy took the stage. i think it was a really symbol act cacause thehe fact we were pueded bacin the march. people were frusatated wh usus. it is symbolic of thafafact ts unfcc happens inside the were continually pushed ckck. our issues are consttltly pued ba. its a a li we dodohings like dema a actio by taking the ststage at w we e our r ices heard. not only do we takehe stage, buthey wanted us off. we just kept nging and chanti.. ey turn life and took the micrhonenes away. -- they turned off the lights and ok the microphones way. we ctinunuedingingng songs,
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inclining the women'wiwire song, womefrfrom t glolobasouth h at was again, women fm m the north. itas a beautiful moment in which indigenous pple symbolically took the stage, took our ldd back, took our voic bacack om thehe people that had be l leadi thehe climate momement but the reality is, indigenous peoples are leading climate solutions. amy: that was eriel deranger, founder and executive director of the group indigenous climate action. today, in greta thunberg's first press s confererence at the u.n. climate summit, alongside other youth activists, she and indigenous youth leader rose whipple answered just one questi.. wasas fm demomoacy now! i am amy goodman frodedemocrac now! my question is for rose and greta. you opened the conference with indigenous youth. greta, you have traveled the world and the united states and
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you have gone to the standing rock reservation, the pine ridge reservation. i wanted to ask you why indigenous resistance is so important to you and, rose, if you can talk about what you're demaing g ofhe u.s.sgovernment now. >>t is so credibly i imptant th weeisten tondigenou peopecauausehey arar susuffing and t rigighthave been violated acrosshehe world there also among the ones who are being hit the m most and qukest by the climate and .nvinmental emergcy and also tyy have been livgg in balance with naturfor hundredsf yrs, soe have, i ththin-- we ne t to lienen to them becsese thehaveve vuablee knowledge we need in this
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crucial timeff crisis. >> tha you, gra. rose? >> thk youor your question. that is question that we ar never asked. are nev asked wt t we wt anwhatat w need. because right now, for over 500 yes,s, we have been on the onont lines dying, risking ourivives. we are still political prineners for r fiting f f our land and our war. and i think right n indigenous opople worldwidenn general a just asking to be listeneto, to be stoodith, not to be i the background but to in the front because we are on the fronine doining this work today right now. we deserve to be lisnened to and we aoo deserve to have our lands back. whipple, youthse
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activists with the sustainus youth delegation. and also 16-year-old swedish climate activist greta thunberg. when we come back, we will look at the polluters bankrolling this year's climate summit. we will take you on what the activists call eight toxic tour come i into the police shut it down. a toxic tour,all until the police shut it down. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. from theadcast live u.n. climamate summit known as cop25 here in madrid, spain. we turn now to the fossil fuel polluters that are sponsoring this year's climate talks.
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on saturday, activists took us on what they call a "toxic tour" of madrid from the madrid stock exchange to santander bank to the world-famous prado museum. but midway through, the police shut it down. this is pascoe sabido of corporate europe observatory, or ceo, but began with liz masson of banktrack. >> welcome to the toxic tour. inside the cup 25, negotiations are supposed to be tackling the climate crisis. but they're completely failing and they had been for 25 years because of the incident of big polluters. the same companies are causing the crisis are derailing the talks and the real solution in order to protect their business models. some of the biggest polluters or even sponsoring the cop, and we will be paying a visit to them today. first up is here at the madrid
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stock exchange. close when pedro sanchez, the president of spain, announced that spain would hold cop25 come a do you know the first thing he did? no? to the 35 to the 35 biggest listed companies in the spanish stock exchange to ask them to sponsor cup. he asked them for 2 million euros each. you know what? he offered them a tax break of 90% on the contributions they would make. do you know who accepted? some of the most polluting companies in spain, also on the stock exchange. endesa, the most polluting. i gas company who tried to be green, french waste modern company was the biggest water privatize her in chile. in one of the biggest positive fuel financing bangs out of there as well as many others. these companies are going to use the cup for greenwashing and
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talksg privilege to the to make sure they protect their profits. subsidized by the taxpayer and spain. now we're going to passover to natalie from corporate duster talk more about -- to talk by about the talks. colleagues just said, the walls of the cop smelled bad, just like international climate politics. the smell of gas, the smell of petrol come the smell of oil come the smell of all of the polluting things that these companies are bringing inside the climate talks. what is worse is the governments of the north are the ones pushing the agendas of these corporations and taking them into the negotiating rooms. these governments should be defending the peaceful and interest of the planet biodiversity but instead,
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they're defending the interest of corporations and said the negotiating room. and these companies which are greenwashing, they are, and they continue to be the cause of the climate crisis. and they're taking the whole of humanity and our planet toward extinction. thank you. >> we are now going to head to our second stop. a gold sponsor, indeed. walking from the madrid stock exchange, which is the place organizers say represents the most dirty polluters and that are sponsoring the cop. "cop25?ded out a flyer, by big polluters. time to delay." the organizers called out the spanish fossil fuel financier santander bank, spain's largest bank in the 16th largest bank in the world will while most of its investments in r renewables, t y
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its continue to fossil fuels is the real story, they argue. we are now moving onto the next bank.snatander >> welcome to our next stop. >> this particular bank behind , and the last years, it has 15,000 --ver thousands of companies all over the world including operations in the arctic, fracking, any kind of nuclear energy. a long time ago we saw the ceo going to greenland
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and stating she was so concerned about climate change. , they keep investing the nuclear energy industry. it is hypocrisy. it is what we are publiclcly denouncing. >> what we say to fossil banks? >> no thanks! amy: the second stop was santander banking. the organizers explained what the bank's role was an investing in fossil fuel and now after the people stood and listened to the explanations, the police have come over and there is a line of
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police officers here, around 10 police. e says when there is a lot of money, there's a lot of protection. >> he says if we continue the tour, we have to tell them where we're going. this is a protected zone with a lot of money and a postop when there's a lot of money, they have a lot of people protecting it. they have a police force coming out to protect from people who doing nothing. bank orng about the maybe the stock exchange. their methods of work, as a complaint or advocacy. amy:, journalist. i am a journalist. i'm a journalist from the u.s. i am covering the u.n. cop. i am covering the u.n. climate summit. we are going to move on. i'm allowed to walk. i don't need to idea myself.
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keep just going to walking. the police are looking for my identification. the question is whether this toxic tour can continue right now. they're trying to move on so we're going to follow them most of the police are lined up in front of one of the largest banks in the world that invests in fossil fuels. cooks were going to go to our nether -- >> we're going to go to our next stop, which is the prado museum. cap deep and dirty lings to the fossil fuel industry, putting our sponsors. so follow is this white and we're headed to the museum. prado headed to the museum that is sponsored by some of the cop sponsors. the police have just told us if we carry on, we're going to get a fine and they're trying to shut down the tour. we are going to gather here. >> does anyone know what the prado is?
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most famous art museum. it has some lovely pieces inside. does anyone know sponsors the prado? it turns out endesa, spain's was polluting single company is also involved in the prado because it has refurbished one of the big giving a largeby sum of money and now gets to use it for its own pr exercises. we're here to get more information on endesa come the dirty singleness dirtiest company in spain. .e have hector prado perfect name. >> this is the largest energy company in spain. they have interests not only an art, but also in sport. there the main sponsors of the basketball league, for instance.
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and they love the coal that comes from companies -- countries such as russia and chile. they tried to make up their image, for instance, part of the better cold platform. >> police at if we dissolve ourselves, we have a smaller fine. if they have to dissolve it for them, we will of the bigger fine. amy: we are right behind the famous museum the prado. the organizers wanted to talk about the energy company investment here but the police are moving in and they are saying if they break it up, they will charge these groups a large fine. thehe people self-dissolve group, it will not be as much of a fine. we will see what happens. am with an environmentalist
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group in spain. amy: explain what the police officer said to you about what you were explaining to the group, what made you different. >> he said if it was an altruistic tour, it would be ok but this was different. this was about corporations. we were speaking bad about the big corporations and that is considered political concentration. amy: how you feel right now? yoyou feel as a spanish citizen that your freedom of speech was violated? >> i am a bit shocked. i'm a climate justice campaigner for fans of the earth international. amy: what happened? why did you not speak? >> apparently, the police came and ininterruptedd us. they think we are getting very bad publicity to spanish companies. i think it is our right to do this and basically they have ththreatened us with fines over
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3000 euros. amy: how do you feel about that? >> i feel ashamed. it is not normal. have a choiceally in this instance. we're going to have to dissolve the tour. [chanting] amy: that was liz masson of banktrack. ending that toxic tour a bit earlier than planned after police broke up the walking tour. when we come back on the commission on human rights at the philippines has just determined 47 major companies, including, oh, shall, mobile, as shell, exxon mobile, chevron, bp, and total could be found legally and morally
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responsible for human rights abuses in the philippines that resulting from climate change. we will speak with the former philippines climate chief negotiator yeb sano. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: "stayin alive" by the bee gees. extinction rebellion protesters danced to the song in a "disco-bediance," shutting down a major street in madrdrid for o hours. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from the madrid,mate summit in spain. the commission on human rights of the philippines has just determined that 47 major companies, including shell,
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exxonmobil, chevron, bp, and totatale, could be found legally and morally responsible from harm from climate change. the commission found the could be held accountable under civil and criminal laws. climate activist have hailed the decision as a landmark entry for climimate justice. accordining to greenpeace, this marks the f first time big polluting companies have been down responsible for human rights harms resulting from the climate crisis. we are joined now by yeb sano, the chief climate negotiator for the philippines in 2013 when typhoon haiyan, one of the strongest cyclones in recorded history, devastated the philippines, killing thousands of people. the devastation coincided with the 2013 u.n. summit in warsaw, where he made headlines with an emotional plea for action n on climate change. the following year, as yet another deadly storm batterered the philippines, sano was unexpectedly absent from the
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u.n. climate summit in lima, peru. he had been pulled from the delegation at the last minute, leading to speculation he had been targeted for his outspokenness amid pressure from wealthier countries like the united states. since then, yeb sano has climate to the u.n. summit as an activist. it is great to have you here with us. just as we went to air, we learned of this news. talk about the significance o of the human rights commission in the philippines. the decision. >> this is truly an exciting time for all of us, especially those who are personally involved in this legal action. in 2015, we filed a petition with the commission on human rights of the philippines along with 18 individuals on the forefront of climate impacts, and 14 civil society organizations. now we see the results of this long journey.
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with the commission of human rights making a statement here the carbonsaying majors fossil fuel companies who have contributed significantly to climate change, and therefore threatening the human rights were threatening the human rights of filipinos. such a momentous occasion for us. this is very historic. amy: you were a complaintant. >> i am one of the complaints in the case. amy: talk about the damage that the climate crisis has done to the philippines. in the philippines just last week, another massive typhoon. week, as the cop was hading, typhoon kammuri looked at massive wake of devastation. 80,000 homes damaged and 10,000
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of those totally destroyed. at least $90 billion worth of damage in agriculture. this is happening every year. it is really hard to follow now how much the damage is and not even talking about cultural damage. all of those broken families, young people having to become breadwinners. this is just horrible. over and overing again and it is getting worse. amy: so this decision, just to be clear, we did not have the rightse philippine and explainehem guilty, but legally what this means and why this could be precedent setting. >> this is really groundbreaking. we want people to understand this has been -- this case has been filed in the commission of human rights. it is not a regular or. so the rules of evidence is a
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bit different. they have donated to investigate , recommend, and monitor whether peoples human rights are being violated. our aim in launching this case with the commission is to implore with the commission to companies fossil fuel responsible for the harms they have caused, especially the enjoyment of our basic human rights. this decision points to that. this decision points to a finding that they can be held legally and morally liable. but what the commission is saying is that legal courts of andwill need to come in cases need to be filed as well against these companies so they can be found guilty. amy: yeb, you've had such an impact on these climate summits. going back to 2013 at the summit
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in warsaw, poland, typhoon haiyan had just hit the philippines, killing thousands. at that time, were the philippines to negotiator, addressing the gathering in what became one of the most high-profile protests against government inaction on climate change. >> what my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. the climate crisis is madness. mr. president, we can stop this madness right here in warsaw. , talk about sano what has happened since. you went from inside the climate summit outside. a talk about the significance of cop25, the conference of party for the last 25 years. why is this one matter in madrid? , no by chile
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close this is four years after paris. paris has been described as a milestone in the process. what we have now in the paris agreement, which is basically enshrined the commitments that the whole world would want to pursue in order to prevent a situation where warming would go -- andtwo degrees and f countries s would pursue efforts to keep it 1.5 degrees celsius, that is the centerpiece of the paris agreement. what cop25 means to this process is that it isis a checkpoint coe in importatant checkpoint on whether countries are amply delivering on those pledges. 20/20 is the deadline for countries. there is as five-year period where we will have to checkck ad review whether countries have put in on the table sufficient emission productions commitments
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. ambition is a key word here. cop25, we nene to see ththat. whatat we haveve right now instd our pledges that would be good three degrees. that is not enough. amy: explain the significance between loss and damage. >> it is a conversasation happening because countries can no longer adapt, change. incur cannot adapt, will losses and damages. the debate in madrid is that whether rich countries are willing to finance and support countries that are more vulnerable to climate change, which are already incurring losses and damages. countries continue to be reluctant to do that. they reject the idea they need to pay for these damages. amy: and the significance of president trump a little while before the summit announcing we are going through the final process of the united states and withdrawing from this u.n. climate summit, the only country
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in the world. why does that matter? >> it depends on how you look at it. personally, i think we should stop caring about whether the u.s. is still in or out. the change will happen with or without the u.s. renewable energy future will happen with or without the u.s. trump's withdrawal from the paris agreement is a signal that he is declaring a view that is opposed to the view of mamajoriy of americans. this process will continue. on the otherer hand, the u.s. is one of the biggest polluters, and that is a bad sign for the market, for business, for many people, for many people, from international process. but i would rather believe -- i would rather to simply that is born. amy: we will do part two of this discussion and put it online. yeb sano is the executive director of greenpeace southeast asia.
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