Kerry Initiative to host conference on climate change Sept. 18-19

The Kerry Initiative at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will host a two-day conference on climate change Sept. 18-19.
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The Kerry Initiative at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will host a two-day conference on climate change Sept. 18-19, with a group of speakers and panelists that includes former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, California Governor Jerry Brown, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, General Electric Chair of the Board Jeffrey Immelt, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ’66 will be the moderator. The Kerry Initiative is an interdisciplinary program at Yale that focuses on global issues.

The Yale Climate Conference will feature five sessions with key business, political, and diplomatic leaders on critical topics including the future of energy; the role of the private sector; state, city, and international efforts; bipartisan U.S. leadership; and citizen engagement and activism.

Ernie Moniz, former U.S. secretary of energy; Jonathan Pershing, former U.S. State Department special envoy for climate change; Tony Earley, former CEO and current executive chair of the board for PG&E Corp.; Heather Zichal, board member of Airbnb and former deputy assistant to President Obama for energy and climate change;and Mark Boling, CEO of 2CNRG will discuss the future of energy. Watch via livestream at 11 a.m. on Sept. 18.

Hank Paulson, former U.S. secretary of the treasury, and Immelt will discuss the role of the private sector. Watch via livestream at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee; Dr. Jim Kim, president of the World Bank; Brown; and Hidalgo will discuss state, city, and international efforts on climate change. Watch via livestream at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19.

Baker will discuss bipartisan U.S. leadership. This session will not be livestreamed but a recording will be made available after the event on Sept. 19. 

DiCaprio will close the event with a discussion about citizen engagement and activism. The session will also feature pre-recorded remarks from U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Watch via livestream at 5 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Photo of former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ’66
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ’66

The full schedule for the conference is here: Four of the sessions will be livestreamed (see below).

Sessions will be held at Woolsey Hall, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Law School, and the School of Management. Attendance is limited to the Yale community, and registration is required for each of the sessions. Attendees will be asked to show a valid I.D. and ticket at the door, and a Yale NetID is required to register.

Registration for the three sessions at the professional schools — on the future of energy, the role of the private sector, and bipartisan U.S. Leadership — will be limited to members of those school communities.

Registration for the Woolsey Hall sessions is available to anyone in the Yale community on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those who do not receive a seat, each session may have space on a first-come, first-served basis, but no waiting list will be managed. Please bring your Yale I.D. to access the spaces and arrive at least 15 minutes before the session begins.

Registration information is here:

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