As relief and recovery efforts for hurricanes Harvey and Irma continue in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the Caribbean -- not to mention the catastrophic floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh and the fierce wildfires worldwide -- the question of how and who should pay for impacts of climate change remains as pressing as ever. The Climate Denial, Impacts, and Liability panel moderated by Mashable’s Andrew Freedman will focus on what the industry knew about climate change, the impacts of climate change and denial, and new efforts to hold the industry accountable. You can RSVP for the event here: http://bit.ly/2f6mbWZ
We now know that companies like ExxonMobil and many of its peers had a sophisticated understanding of climate change as far back as the 1970s. Rather than sound the alarm, however, the industry opted to bankroll a multi-million dollar denial campaign to mislead the public and block action on climate change.
These revelations have prompted investigations by multiple states attorneys general and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as class action lawsuits filed by ExxonMobil shareholders and employees. More recently, coastal communities in California have also taken steps to hold the industry accountable by filing landmark suits against the industry seeking damages caused by sea level rise.
Panelists, whom you can find below, will share a variety of perspectives on what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change, the impacts that denial has had on people and the planet, and what can be done to hold the industry and the U.S. government (as a regulator) accountable.
- Alex Loznak, youth plaintiff in Juliana v. United States of America
- Andrew Freedman (moderator), Mashable
- Betámia Coronel, 350.org Reinvestment Coordinator, #DivestNY coalition
- Brenda Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist and director of climate science for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists
- Geoffrey Supran, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and MIT and co-author of a recent study of ExxonMobil’s climate communications