As Earth Day approaches, many are asking if international organizations are capable of handling the enormous and complex challenges of climate change. Some say that local action is the key, while others insist on the role of international organizations. On April 7th, environmental expert Dr. Jonathan Pershing of the State Department will host a webchat entititled "Acting Globally and Locally to Combat Climate Change." Join the webchat to discuss the effectiveness of multilateral international organizations like the United Nations in confronting the complex challenges of climate change and whether more can be done through alternative groupings or local action.
This webchat will take place on April 7 at 8 a.m. EDT (12:00 GMT).
Before joining the State Department, Jonathan Pershing served at the World Resources Institute, a nonprofit research organization, where he headed the climate and energy program. He also served as the lead author for the Nobel Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which provides regular assessments of climate change issues and was one of the U.S. negotiators for the U.N. Climate Convention and its Kyoto Protocol. Pershing holds a Ph.D. in geophysics and is the author of dozens of articles and books on climate change and climate change policy.
If you would like to participate in this webchat, please go to https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/globalconversations/. No registration is needed. Simply choose "Enter as a Guest," type in your preferred screen name, and join the discussion. We accept questions and comments in advance of, and at any time during, the program.
The transcript of this webchat will be available on America.gov’s webchat page, where information about upcoming webchats is also available.