INET Live | Climate Debates

September 21, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET & September 22, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm ET

Sep 21–22, 2021 | 12:30 – 12:00 Download .ics


Scientists have been sounding the alarm for decades about the severe global impact that rising temperatures will have on the environment, economies, health outcomes, and ultimately humanity’s long-term survival. Yet little has been done.

Recently, however, it seems that much of the world has awakened to the imminent threat posed by climate change. Multilateral efforts, especially those led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, have earned support around the world, but the convention itself is rather toothless. The United States rejoining the UN’s Paris Climate Agreement is an important step forward, but perhaps more important is the announced collaboration between the US and China, for without their partnership much cannot be achieved.

The goals set by the Paris accord are ambitious and require countries to undertake a massive economic transition, but little progress has yet been realized. Shaken by a deadly pandemic, the world now looks ahead to COP26 in Glasgow later this year to avert climate catastrophe.

It begs to wonder: Will meaningful change finally come of these efforts? What has stood in the way until now, and what impediments might derail this shift?

In a series of debates, the Institute for New Economic Thinking examines the role of economics in climate change, the relation between how we think about and govern our economies and the transformation we know is necessary, and the areas where economics can still play a productive role for the good of the climate and society.

Please join us 30 minutes at the beginning of each day for networking and the end of the day for open discussions.

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Meet the leaders and scholars whose new thinking guides our work. View all speakers

  • Jayati Ghosh

    Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Former Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • Andrei Marcu

    Founder & Executive Director, European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition

  • Rohinton Medhora

    Chair, Governing Board, INET

  • Manuel Pastor

    Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

    Director, USC Equity Research Institute

  • Robert Pollin

    Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute, UMASS Amherst

  • Adair Turner

    Senior Fellow, INET