Some are heralding the recent agreement between U.S. President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping on climate change as an historic step in the right direction for climate security, and others doubt the agreement is a game changer. While the agreement between the presidents of the world’s largest economies could set an important example to other national leaders at the 2015 Paris Convention, it is in the very least raising questions.
Join The Security and Sustainability Forum next Tuesday as we convene global experts to discuss the agreement, its historical and its potential significance in light of existing and expected U.S. and China policy. Sponsored by Willdan Energy Solutions.
Session moderator Peter Saundry, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a non-partisan organization of scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers working to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. Dr. Saundry is an experienced leader in building coalitions of individuals and organizations to promote environmental science and its utility in addressing societal concerns.
Robert Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and former deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Bob, has spent more than 30 years as an environmental policy leader in and outside government. In addition to holding several senior posts at EPA, Perciasepe served as Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment and was the chief operating officer of the National Audubon Society.
Tom Peterson founded the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) in 2004 to help governments and stakeholders understand and formulate responses to climate change. Over the past decade this included developing and implementing a widely recognized template for comprehensive, multi objective, consensus based planning and analysis that led to the development of 22 US state plans, national scale up and integration of subnational climate action plans in the US, the Low Emissions Development System for the six Border States of Mexico, and the Low Carbon Development Planning and Analysis System for the Provinces of China.
William Schulte is a Fellow at the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law (PEL) at Vermont Law School. The PEL program supports a broad range of capacity-building activities in environmental and energy law through partnerships involving U.S. and Chinese universities, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Prior to PEL, he practiced environmental law in the public interest in Newark, New Jersey where he represented environmental and community groups on matters related to environmental permit reviews, environmental justice, air pollution reduction, watershed protection, and energy infrastructure proposals, among others.