Undercurrents: COP26 analysis, and the politics of language survival

What was decided at the UN climate change conference? And how are minority communities struggling to preserve their languages?

54 minute listen

As the dust settles from COP26, the 2021 UN climate summit, Ben is joined by Anna Aberg to discuss the key outcomes and insights from the conference. They consider the progress made on mitigation, adaptation, climate finance and the so-called ‘Paris rulebook’, and look ahead to what the agenda could look like in a year’s time at COP27. 

Then Mariana interviews journalist and author James Griffiths about his investigations into the politics of minority language survival. As globalisation continues languages are disappearing faster than ever, leaving our planet’s linguistic diversity leaping towards extinction. In Speak Not: Empire, Identity and the Politics of Language, Griffiths explores how communities across the world are fighting to preserve their linguistic heritage.