Author and journalist Naomi Klein reveals Monsanto as the winner of the 2009 Angry Mermaid Award for the worst corporate lobbying group. She, along with Paul de Clerck from Friends of the Earth International and Dorothy Guerrero from Focus on the Global South, discuss the affect of corporate lobbying on the global climate debate.
Paul de Clerck
Paul de Clerck is a corporate campaigner for Friends of the Earth International, a grassroots environmental network that campaigns on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.
Dorothy Guerrero is a senior research associate at Focus on the Global South, a non-governmental organization that works in Thailand, the Philippines and India to generate critical analysis and encourage debates on national and international policies related to corporate-led globalization, neo-liberalism and militarization.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her first book, the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into twenty-eight languages and called "a movement bible" by The New York Times.
She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian and reported from Iraq for Harper's Magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina's occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis.
She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia.
Journalist Naomi Klein calls the COP15 talks "a very polite affair" for focusing on "false solutions" that fail to address the role corporate lobbyists play in influencing climate change policy.
"While there are endless sessions about how poor countries should adapt to climate change, there are very few sessions -- if any -- that are looking at the role corporations are playing in creating this crisis," says Klein.
Journalist Naomi Klein discusses her hopes for the ongoing COP15 protests in Copenhagen. She explains that the protests are expressly nonviolent, and says violence will only shift the focus away from the real issues and onto "a very boring discussion about cops versus protesters."
"We want to talk about the violence of climate change," says Klein.