Live Webcast January 25 - Union of Concerned Scientists - Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Change Harms, 6pm Pacific Time

  • 25 January 2018
  • Start time : 05:15 PM
  • End time : 08:00 PM
  • Event Location : Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Event Description

Time: 5:15 p.m. PST (opening reception with refreshments) – 6:00 p.m. PST (keynote address begins)
Location: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024 (event will also be webcasted live)

The event is free but registration is required. Please register today to attend in person or to receive more information on joining the live webcast.

The fossil fuel industry is responsible for decades of climate science disinformation and attempts to obstruct climate action. A recent scientific paper in Climatic Change for the first time quantifies the outsized role that carbon pollution traced to these companies has played in exacerbating climate impacts. In the face of the current climate change policy void at the federal level, legal experts are seriously exploring whether and how fossil fuel companies can be held liable.

A handful of recent lawsuits filed by cities and counties in California have put this issue front and center, and New York City also filed suit for climate damages on January 10. But the fossil fuel industry is fighting back—ExxonMobil is now threatening to countersue in California and has begun legal maneuvers that may be time-consuming and costly for the cities and counties.

Featuring scientific and legal experts, as well as perspectives from affected communities, the panel will address how companies involved in the extraction, production, and marketing of fossil fuels can be held to account for the ever-mounting costs of climate harms and preparation.

The event will also be webcasted live.
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  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Keynote Address by Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, founder of, and Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, VT (via Skype)


      • Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy and chief climate scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
      • Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro professor of environmental law, and inaugural faculty director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law
      • Honorable Serge Dedina, mayor of Imperial Beach, California, and executive director of the nonprofit organization Wildcoast
      • Gladys Limon, Executive Director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance
      • Alex Hall, professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

      Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will provide closing remarks.
  • Event type
    • Panel Discussion

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