On the Road to Paris, Dangerous Intersection – Climate Change & National Security


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At the 2015 ELI-Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum, over 700 environmental lawyers, scientists, engineers, economists, and other professionals will gather in Washington, D.C., to honor an exemplary figure in environmental policy. Just prior to the annual Award Dinner, ELI holds its principal policy event of the year, the ELI-Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum. This year, the topic will be “Dangerous Intersection: Climate Change and National Security.”

The dangers of climate change are not usually couched in terms of national security, but awareness of the issue is growing rapidly. Triggered by climate and a potential harbinger for instability to come, no example is more potent than the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. According to New Scientist, “Climate triggered the crisis in Syria, so the world must brace itself for more climate refugees in the years to come.” What could be more basic to national security than a climate conducive for agriculture, water supplies, ecosystem health, industrial production, biodiversity, and human comfort? What could be more threatening than extreme weather events or mass migrations because of rising seas and crop failures? The Alliance of Small Island States fears that they could literally be wiped off the map because of rising sea levels.

In December, the parties to the Climate Convention will meet in Paris to hammer out for the first time an agreement for all nations. The Keare Forum, with its high-level panel focused on national security, will be an important stepping stone on the way to a binding accord for all nations. We invite you to be a part of this urgent discussion of the vital intersection between climate and national security.

Panelists:

  • Capt. Leo Goff, Ph.D., Military Advisory Board, Center for Naval Analyses (moderator)
  • John Conger, Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Francesco Femia, Founding Director, The Center for Climate and Security
  • Alice Hill, Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience, National Security Council, The White House
  • Thilmeeza Hussain, Voice of Women – Maldives, Co-Founder
  • Marcus King, John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University

The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend .

Location

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington DC 20008

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