At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy: Climate Change
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Science Diplomacy Affinity Group, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Young Professionals in Energy, and Koshland Science Museum
Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Join members of the scientific, energy, and foreign policy communities for an evening of active discussion as part of the program series, At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy. Featured speakers will explore how science and technology can be used to combat one of our greatest global challenges: climate change. Following the speakers' presentations, audience discussion will challenge you to draw from your own experiences and knowledge to further explore climate change as it relates to the larger scientific, energy, and foreign policy communities.
The power of science and technology to change society and the lives of people is well appreciated. Scientific questions with large societal impact can have direct consequences for foreign policy: projections of global warming, food insecurity, the race for the atomic bomb in the 1940s, and the reproductive health revolution caused by the contraceptive pill are all examples. Today we are witnesses to the unintended consequences of our scientific and technological progress: human-induced climate change. Climate change is a global challenge that threatens our coastlines and infrastructure: hurricanes threaten our cities and stress our emergency response systems, and droughts stress our communities and may usher in an unprecedented era of population migration. Science and technology are at the root of this challenge and may also provide options for adaptation and mitigation.
The Climate Change event will showcase examples of how science and technology have helped us rise to the challenge of anthropogenic climate change through foreign policy interventions, international collaborations, and the involvement of energy industries.
David Michel, PhD, Director of Environmental Security at the Stimson Institute
Shalini Vajjhala, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, Johns Hopkins SAIS
At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy is a program series co-sponsored by the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. The series is co-organized by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Science Diplomacy Affinity Group of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, and this month we are pleased to welcome Young Professionals in Energy as co-organizers. Monthly events in the Crossroads series throughout fall 2013 provide a forum for active discussion of emerging topics at the intersection of science and foreign policy.