DIS Students Discuss Global Climate Action with EU Commissioner

EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, recently spoke to an audience of DIS students, faculty, and staff on the current issue of climate change and her upcoming presentation for prioritizing global climate action at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Paris.

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The Commissioner began by stressing the urgency of climate action, as the world faces further consequences in climate change, with populations and consumption continuing to grow daily.

Using the EU as an example, the Commissioner explained the difficulty in setting standards across member states. Even with the EU at the forefront of climate change action, the ambitious climate strategies have been seemingly difficult for all members to meet. With this experience in mind, the Commissioner underlined the global need to incentivize taking climate action and making binding agreements in the future.

The floor then opened up for questions and the room shifted into discussion. While the audience largely moved toward exploring U.S. to EU comparisons, the dialogue touched a range of topics under the umbrella of climate change and action, as students varied in academic backgrounds – from political science to sustainability and international business. The diversity of the audience alone gave a glimpse into the depth of the climate action issue, and the many stakeholders that take part in climate action strategies.

Following Connie Hedegaard’s presentation, DIS students, staff, and faculty furthered the discussion on climate change and action by networking over beverages and snacks.

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