Past Event

Combating Climate Change: Regional Responses to Global Challenges

December 3, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Forum Auditorium, 601 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

Climate change will increasingly impact every aspect of every life in every region around the world. Through the lens of the Columbia Global Centers, Columbia faculty will share their perspectives on the impacts of climate change in different regions around the world and how each region has been working to mitigate these effects.


  • Ruth DeFries (University Professor; Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development) will speak on agriculture in India
  • Josh Fisher (Director of the AC4 Program) will speak on conflict management and water in the Middle East
  • Lisa Sachs (Director of the Center on Sustainable Investment) will speak on how extractive industries are addressing the climate crisis in Latin America
  • Jason Bordoff (Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy) will speak on energy in China
  • Faye McNeill (Professor of Chemical Engineering) will speak on air pollution in Africa and India


Opening Remarks: Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University

Moderator: Alex Halliday, Director of the Earth Institute

Closing Remarks: Safwan Masri, EVP for Global Centers and Global Development


Seating is limited and first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating; early arrival is suggested.

This event is part of a yearlong 10-event series celebrating the Columbia Global Centers' 10th anniversary.  Click here to learn about the other events in this series.