A host of experts joined Reuters and The Forum at Harvard Chan School for a televised panel called Climate Change: Responses from the Public and Private Sectors. These are their key takeaways.
A host of experts, including Associate Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein, joined Reuters and The Forum at Harvard Chan School for a televised panel called Climate Change: Responses from the Public and Private Sectors. These are their key takeaways, reprinted with permission from The Forum.
1. Climate leadership comes from the bottom, not the top.
2. Many regulations cannot be undone with a swipe of a pen, says McCarthy.
3. The members of the bi-partisan U.S. Climate Alliance, which includes 14 states and Puerto Rico, have signed on to the Paris Agreement in the wake of the federal withdrawal.
4. Businesses are demanding greener technologies, says Ann Klee of GE, because they recognize the climate problem and think that sustainability makes good business sense.
5. The benefits of fighting climate change are clear and tangible, says Aaron Bernstein.
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Aaron Bernstein emphasizes need to make the health arguments clear.
Each panelist provided a key takeaway.
Gina McCarthy on state and local efforts on climate change.
Gov. Jay Inslee on the U.S. Climate Alliance's progress.
Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington
Ann Klee, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, GE
Karen Smith, Director and State Public Health Officer, California Department of Public Health
Aaron Bernstein, Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Scott Malone, Boston Bureau Chief, Reuters