Geoffrey Smith, FijiTV, Climate Pasifika media
Friday December 11, 2009 --While there may be scepticism over what the US and China will bring to the table next week as world leaders converge at COP15 in Copenhagen, the state of California is hopingoneof the worlds leading economies can inspire change from within.Delegates are already having pictures taken beside a life size cut-out of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and next week they may be able to see him in the flesh.
The expected arrival next week of US President Barack Obama is being ramped up with the news that he will be joined by California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as expectations from COP15 build up. Americans at COP15 including NGO activist Kristina Hadad of the US Coalition on Climate Change are urging those of us in the Pacific to remain hopeful.
TRANSCRIPT: He is very strong proponent and a leader in climate change and thats why we are here promoting leadership at the state level in America even though our government has not done much in the last 8 years our state has taken the lead on climate change and California is one of the leaders with 33 other states.So collectively the US is doing a lot, but at the state level. So we're trying to get that message out.