The Eurasian Climate Brief

COP26: Protest Day featuring an interview with Arshak Makychian

November 07, 2021 Eurasian Climate Brief Team Season 1 Episode 4
The Eurasian Climate Brief
COP26: Protest Day featuring an interview with Arshak Makychian
Show Notes

Today we’ve been in the heart of the city, meeting activists who are taking part in protests across Glasgow. We met up with 25 year old student violinist, Arshak Makychian from Fridays for Future Russia. It’s an organisation which urges governments to listen to scientists and meet the commitments they made in the Paris agreement. Arshak has been described as the most lonely protestor after he staged a solo school strike for the climate every Friday in Pushkin Square for more than 110 weeks.  

We also met another protestor, Evgeny Simonov from the organisation Rivers Without Boundaries. Under Russian law, he’s classed as a Foreign agent. We asked him to tell us why he’s here in Glasgow and why he’s protesting against the development of hydro power dams in the country.

The Eurasian Climate Brief is a new podcast dedicated to climate news in the region stretching from Eastern Europe and Russia down to Caucasia and Central Asia. 

This episode is hosted by:

  • Natalie Sauer, an environmental journalist and MA student in post-soviet politics at University College London.
  • Boris Schneider, a political economy and energy expert at n-ost, a Berlin-based network for cross-border reporting. Boris heads initiatives to boost climate journalism in Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. 
  • Angelina Davydova, an environmental journalist from Russia. Angelina has been writing about climate change in the region for Russian and international media and attending UN climate summits since 2008. She also teaches environmental journalism and environmental and climate policy and communication in a number of universities and regularly organises training for journalists from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus on environmental and climate reporting.

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