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Will We Finally Reach Consensus? Discussions on COP21, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

Why is Consensus Important?

As the world continues to experience the impacts of climate change, there is a growing call for international consensus on specific actions to keep temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius. There is overwhelming scientific agreement that greenhouse gas emissions are the cause of  climate change, and in recent years, many prominent faith communities have voiced the need to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations – who coincidentally have contributing least to climate change but will bear the brunt of its impacts. This event will explore international law and the political complexities of the negotiations. In addition, the panelists will comment on the role of science and religion in bringing about actions.


4:30 PM   Overview of International Law and COP21

5:05 PM   Cinnamon Carlarne, Moritz College of Law

               Greg Hitzhusen, School of Environment and Natural Resources

               Bryan Mark, Department of Geography

5:20 PM   Additional Discussion and Questions from the Audience