A panel of experts recently gathered and addressed an audience at Yale Law School, calling for an effective strategy to ensure fast action on the climate change.
Moderated by Yale Law School Professor Douglas Kysar the panel featured Caleb Christopher, the attorney to the UN Mission to the Marshall Islands, David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council policy director, Steven Ferry, Suffolk University Professor and Dan Esty, Professor at Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
The panel discussed the present and future of international climate change regulation.
Esty said while countries like Mexico, Brazil and South Africa stood ready to take action after Copenhagen, the United States’ leadership is integral part in ensuring progress.
“You cannot get a deal done if the U.S. does not put a deal on the table,” Esty said.
Doniger, who called himself an optimist, spoke about what Copenhagen managed to achieve, despite the general conclusion that it was a failure. Doniger stated that a lot of important steps have been taken; countries like South Africa, China and North Korea have committed to reduce emissions, which would have been unimaginable a few years ago.
Ferry, who is an advisor on privatization for the World Bank, emphasized the role that India and China play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In the past 15 years, China’s carbon dioxide emissions have doubled, he said. He added that even if all other countries in the world were to reduce their emission levels, without China, it would still be hard to achieve the targets.
Christopher focused on the urgent need for action, especially for small nations. Although the Pacific Nation of the Marshall Islands was one of the most vocal supporters of the Copenhagen conference, they need the help of large nations he said.