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Rescuing Climate Policy

By on February 3, 2014

5Feb 2014
Global climate policy has reached a serious impasse. It has become a zero-sum game among national negotiators trying to avoid serious commitments. To rescue climate policy, we must reframe it as a global competition for the rewards of creative climate policy: business opportunities geared to more livable cities and infrastructure for 9 billion people on planet Earth.

America, China and Europe will be key players in this competition. In the panel discussion we will blend these perspectives to tackle the question: “How can climate policy be reframed from a perspective of burden sharing to one of opportunity creation?”


- John Ashton: Physicist from Britain; former diplomat; founder of E3G
- Gary Dirks: Director, Global Institute of Sustainability and of LightWorks; former president of BP China
- Sander van der Leeuw: Archaeologist from the Netherlands; ASU professor of anthropology; co-director of ASU's Complex Adaptive Systems Initiatives; UN Champion of the Earth
- Yongsheng Zhang: Economist from China; Senior Research Fellow, Development Research Center of the Chinese government
- Carlo Jaeger: Economist from Switzerland; visiting scholar at ASU; professor at Beijing Normal University; panel moderator
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