The world economy will likely double in around two decades. And the world’s infrastructure will likely double in less time than that. To deliver on the Paris agreement, emissions will have to be cut sharply by 40% or more in that period and the world will have to achieve net zero emissions within 50 years (with still stronger ambition if the target is set to 1.5oC). It is clear therefore, that the next two decades are critical for the sustainability of lives and livelihoods on the planet. However, the rapid change that we require can be the engine of inclusive growth and poverty reduction over these coming decades. It can be a growth story full of discovery, innovation, investment and inclusion, and embody much more attractive ways to live and work. This talk will describe the urgency and magnitude of the challenge, discuss some of the key policies and actions, and show how the great opportunities offered by this transition can be taken.
Guest Lecturer; Professor Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Panel discussion following the lecture:
• Merit Janow, Dean, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (moderator)
• Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor
• Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics
• Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics
Lecture & Panel 6:30-8:00 PM.
Reception to follow, 8:00-9:00 PM.
This event will be live streamed. Please see above for live stream link.
This event is co-sponsored by The Earth Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs.