October 2: Kate Gordon speaks at the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Summit; Boston, MA
October 3: Kate Gordon speaks at Massachusetts Pension Reserve Investment Managers meeting; Boston, MA
October 23: Kate Gordon on panel at the National Association of Environmental Managers EHS Forum; Austin, TX
November 6: Jamesine Rogers on panel at Annual Business for Social Responsibility Conference; New York, NY
Too often in the U.S., the climate conversation falls down one of two partisan rabbit holes—ending up either focused on the question of whether the science is “real” or whether one particular policy solution is a job killer or creator. In falling into these familiar debates, both supporters and opponents miss a basic question: How much economic risk do we face from climate change?
Former HHS Sec. Donna Shalala and Johns Hopkins Dean Emeritus Dr. Alfred Sommer: "Imagine if we experienced multiple Chicago heat waves every summer, in cities all across the country. That is the direction we are headed unless we change course and take strong, decisive action to curb climate change."
"Everything that is challenging about producing more food for a world that is more populous, more urban and more affluent becomes more so when faced with a changing climate."
"We do not face a choice between protecting our environment or protecting our economy. We face a choice between protecting our economy by protecting our environment — or allowing environmental havoc to create economic havoc."
Former HUD Sec. Henry Cisneros: "We can still avoid most of the worst impacts of climate change, and significantly reduce the odds of costly, catastrophic outcomes—but only if we start changing our business and public policy decisions today. Real estate leaders must be attentive, informed, and prepared to act."
Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and former HHS Sec. Donna Shalala: "As a Republican and Democrat, we teamed up to make the case that at its core, climate change should not be a political issue. Instead, it is fundamentally about risks to our safety and economy, and how to reduce those risks."
Henry Paulson on lessons for climate change in the 2008 recession: "We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs are clear and growing more urgent as the risks go unchecked. This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore."