Climate Forward Conference 2023: Bridging Divides, Sharing Solutions
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 12:45 – 4:30 pm PT
University of Southern California, Town and Gown
Can we find realistic solutions to climate change? Watch our discussions with former policymakers Val Demings & Adam Kinzinger, and thought leaders Gina McCarthy & Bret Stephens.
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Climate change is becoming an increasingly important issue to voters of all backgrounds. But can we agree on the politics of how to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time? On April 4, 2023, Common Ground Committee hosted an afternoon of conversation between some of today’s most knowledgeable legislative experts and thought leaders in the climate field.
Our first panel conversation, Finding Common Ground on the Politics of Climate, featured a discussion between former U.S. Representatives Val Demings (D-FL) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who brought two different viewpoints to navigating the policy tightrope between transition, sustainability and equity. The conversation was moderated by legendary political strategist and journalist Bob Shrum, Director of the Dornsife Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California. Watch the video now.
Our second panel, Finding Common Ground in Climate Conversations, brought together Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and White House National Climate Advisor in the first two years of the Biden administration, with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, a conservative whose views on climate change evolved after a trip to Greenland in 2022. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Joe Árvai, Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. Watch the video now.
Common Ground Committee was honored to collaborate with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and Dornsife Center for the Political Future to present the Climate Forward 2023 conference as part of the National Week of Conversation, which invites Americans to find their place in community with people willing to talk across their differences to solve important problems.