USF Joins Global Climate Summit

By ARVIN TEMKAR, USF NEWS Posted Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:11

USF is partnering with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit Sept. 11–14. 

The summit will bring scientists and leaders from around the world to the campus and San Francisco to discuss how nations, states, businesses, and other groups can combat climate change. Co-organized by Brown, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others, the summit aims to inspire worldwide resolve to take action.

USF is one of several venues hosting events affiliated with the main summit, which is expected to draw more than 10,000 guests. The university will host panels and presentations on topics including land use, international security, social equity, and religious responsibility.

“This summit is absolutely connected to USF values because climate change most threatens the poorest and weakest of us all,” says Associate Professor Jim Williams, who is co-organizing the USF conference “Land, Energy, and Climate Change,” which will touch on topics such as managing forests to better remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Climate without borders

U.S. Congresswoman and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, and USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., will speak at the “Climate Without Borders” forum on campus, highlighting the international security impacts of climate change.

“Man-made climate change has already changed global politics,” says history professor and event co-organizer Elliot Neaman. “For example, it’s played a large role in the refugee crisis now playing out in Europe and elsewhere around the globe.”

Other events at USF include “Climate Change, Extractive Industries, and Indigenous Land Rights,” which will explore what role indigenous peoples can play in the climate change fight, and “Living Laudato Si’ Through Climate Action,” which will examine Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’, and delve into topics such as divesting from fossil fuels.

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