The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats facing humanity. The effects of the climate crisis are present in all sectors of society and the economy, affecting health, livelihood, and economic growth, among others, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable populations. This range of impacts needs to be reflected in mitigation and adaptation policies and represents a strong challenge to be discussed.
Brazil is one of the most important countries in the fight against the global climate emergency, being the seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gasses on the planet. Given this, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro is launching Climate Hub | Rio, a groundbreaking initiative that will serve as a platform for researchers at Columbia University and experts in Brazil to offer actionable and innovative solutions for climate change.
Based on active involvement with Columbia professors, the Rio Center partners with non-governmental organizations, and public and private institutions to design and implement programs and activities that are topics of global interest and concern. Thus, Climate Hub | Rio will act specifically in the area of climate and environment, in partnership with specialists in the field, with actions in public policies, technology, social economy, and human rights at Columbia University.
"The aim is to deliver practical, data-driven solutions for governments, businesses, and civil society in Rio, in Brazil and around the world", according to Thomas Trebat, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro. "The Climate Hub will foster academic research, design community-level programs, and promote a democratic dialogue among all stakeholders", he added.
Climate Hub | Rio will be officially launched on March 14, 2023, in Rio. Brazilian and Columbia University experts will gather at the Museum of Tomorrow to discuss the climate crisis, its impacts, and how academia, governments, companies, and civil society can promote concrete mitigation and adaptation actions. Registration is free and open to the public on this link. The program will be announced soon, and simultaneous translation (Portuguese-English) will be available. The event will not be live-streamed.