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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: "This is a festival of greenwashing" - live from the COP26 summit in Glasgow

Julia Nerbonne
Reverend Helen Burnett, Team Vicar of St Peter and St Paul, Chaldon, (left) with Julia Nerbonne of Interfaith Power & Light

"We need our U.S. leaders to be honest: that it's a human rights issue, and that we have to change business as usual."

Julia Nerbonne, the executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is in Glasgow, Scotland at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26.

But she's not feeling very optimistic.

"I don't feel like we're winning," she admits.

She feels there are two critical truths that U.S. officials need to grapple with: that the systems that created this critical climate situation cannot be counted on to get us out of it, and that the world view must shift to human rights and away from economics.

Perhaps the climate defender from Kenya she talked with yesterday summed it up best: "Your country is still not in. And without the United States, we don't have anything."

Lisa Johnson has been a broadcast journalist for 41 years ... and a radio announcer for a teensy bit longer.
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