Given the wide-spread, mandatory, stay-at-home orders in the face of growing economic disruption, we are presented with a perfect example of what must be held in the highest priority in a critical situation: protection of life. Does this moment give us an opportunity to see and experience what is to come with climate change, and if so, what are we to draw from the experience? Both crises affect human health in different but broadly connected ways. What can we learn from the current COVID-19 crisis that is applicable to the longer-term climate crisis? Can we expand our discussions on environmental human rights to include the fact that climate change affects all communities, albeit to a greater degree those who are already discriminated against? Should health and the environment be considered global public goods? How do we empower science and expertise in international public decision making?
- Mercedes Garcia Perez, Head of Global Issues and Innovation, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
- Dr. Dagmara Koska, Counselor Climate and Energy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
- Irina Markina, Senior Energy Advisor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Moderator: KK DuVivier, Professor of Law, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
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