Yale Environmental Dialogue Kicks off Climate Week in New York City

September 25, 2019

Liz Bourguet, YCELP Research Assistant

The Yale Environmental Dialogue kicked off Climate Week in New York City this Sunday with an event featuring some of the environmental movement’s biggest thought leaders. As global leaders gather to discuss the climate crisis, the Yale Environmental Dialogue hosted its own lively conversation on the trajectory of the global response to climate change.

Fellow at Yale Jackson Institute for Foreign Affairs and Former Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the event.

The event served as a preview for A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future. A Better Planet is a new book from the Yale Environmental Dialogue featuring dozens of experts discussing a range of environmental issues that will be published by Yale University Press in October. Many of the featured authors are Yale professors and former students.

The Climate Week event featured five of the book’s authors who offered their thoughts on the world’s trajectory on climate change action. These speakers were Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication; Sue Biniaz, the longtime lead climate change lawyer for the U.S. State Department; Ken Gillingham, professor of economics at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES); Gary Brudvig, professor of chemistry at Yale University; and Monica Medina, publisher of Our Daily Planet and former General Counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The discussion was followed by a lively question and answer session with an audience of nearly 200 environmental practitioners.

The Yale Environmental Dialogue, an initiative of Yale F&ES, aims to inject new energy and fresh thinking into the national conversation on environmental sustainability. In February, the Yale Environmental Dialogue Symposium convened experts from across disciplines to formulate, discuss, and debate solutions to pressing environmental problems. The Climate Week kick-off event was another huge success in fostering discussion of new and innovative ideas to address today’s urgent environmental crisis.

Photo credit: Robert Little.