The US Election: A Turning Point for Paris Implementation?
This seminar focused on what lies on the other side of the United States election in terms of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 horizon. Our speakers are US political specialists who provided perspectives on how climate change is playing out in the lead up to the election and speculated as to how the outcome will affect the US’ position in relation to the Paris Agreement and domestic and international climate action more broadly. We will explore how climate change and environmental justice have been prominent in the primaries and candidate commitments from the Democrats and explore the current Republican discourse.
Catherine Flowers and Roy Neel joined us live from the United States. The conversation was moderated by Professor Don Henry, from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.
Catherine Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) which seeks the implementation of best practices to address the reduction of health and economic disparities within the context of climate change and environmental justice. She is currently a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the US, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project. Catherine is also an internationally recognized advocate for the human right to water and sanitation and works to make the UN Sustainable Development Agenda accountable to front-line communities.
Roy Neel served as President Bill Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and earlier was Chief of Staff for Senator, then Vice President Al Gore. Neel rejoined the former Vice President to assist with the development of Gore’s award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and also assisted with the founding of The Climate Reality Project. Neel is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses in the US presidency and presidential transitions. Neel is author of the political thriller, The Electors.