Climate change is a topic that captivates many, but can confuse some. This is why it is great to have opportunities such as the Paris Climate Agreement Panel to educate the public. I was incredibly appreciative to have had the ability to moderate such a spirited discussion and to meet some of the people working hard to help Denver take action on climate change.
The questions began with the basics of the Paris Climate Agreement and why it was important. Dr. Shamim Ahsan of Metropolitan State University of Denver was part of the original Kyoto Protocol and had terrific insight on the importance of national agreements. We dived into the effects of climate change around the world and how different regions are affected. We also were provided excellent information about how climate change is more than just a social issue. Phoebe Loyd of the ASCP talked at length about the substantial displacement that climate change causes. The panelists were not only climate change experts, but also were well versed in Denver’s progress. Jonathan Rogers and Karen Stuart were especially well versed in the steps Denver is taking to was able to mediate the impacts of a changing climate. Each member was able to provide a note of encouragement on how they in their work were addressing this issue.
Ultimately, this was a great education opportunity that was received very well. The tough questions were asked and the science was explained. The panelists provided ways to talk to others about these issues and the meaningful effect the public can have through being civically engaged. The result? An educated and inspired audience, dedicated to doing what they can to change their personal impact.
A recording of the panel can be found on the Colorado Renewable Energy Society's YouTube page here.