Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses delegates at COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Ahmadinejad names capitalism and materialism as key components of environmental degradation; calls for a focus on expanding the use of clean and renewable energy sources, including the peaceful use of nuclear power; and outlines strategies to control climate change.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition of conservative political groups in the country. An engineer and teacher from a poor background, Ahmadinejad joined the Office for Strengthening Unity after the Islamic Revolution. Appointed a provincial governor, he was removed after the election of President Mohammad Khatami and returned to teaching.
Tehran's council appointed him mayor in 2003. He took a religious hard-line, reversing reforms of previous moderate mayors. His 2005 presidential campaign, supported by the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, garnered 62% of the runoff election votes, and he became President on August 3, 2005.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks out against capitalism and materialism, and the role he says each play in fueling the global warming crisis. He blames the crisis on the endless cycle of consumption and production that is driven by materialism in rich, industrialized countries.