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Climate change 'emergency' - how did we get here?

Photo credit: European Environment Agency website

#MRPerspective examines political timeline

One of the defining issues of this administration, of this generation, and of this current population on planet earth.

At the Rio Earth summit in June 1992, the world met to discuss the fate of planet earth.

Representatives from more than 160 countries and around 15,000 non-governmental organisations bashed heads to decide on specific agreements to balance environmental preservation with economic needs.

In 2006, US Presidential candidate Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth exposed a startling reality of what was coming - before climate change had really hit the mainstream media.

This week, Chief Minister Howard Quayle followed in the footsteps of other jurisdictions, local authorities, national governments overseas and a range of campaign groups in acknowledging the climate change 'emergency' we are now faced with.

But how did we get here?

Here's a look back at some of the key voices in this debate on-Island so far, from Manx Radio's Perspective programme:

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