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Bridging the Divide: Making Action on the Energy Transition a Reality

Past Event

September 19, 2023

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm edt

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This summer saw record temperatures, deadly floods, wildfires, and storms. The climate change impacts scientists have warned about are now evident. While more policy action is needed, governments are taking significant steps to avert the most devastating consequences of climate change with historic investments in clean energy, such as the Inflation Reduction Act passed a year ago, and policy frameworks to reduce fossil fuel emissions. With a pivotal COP coming up later this year in the UAE, it is important to take stock of where we are in the energy transition, and examine the disparity between our climate ambitions and the prevailing reality of the world’s energy needs.

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy and Institute of Global Politics at Columbia SIPA for a moderated, in-depth discussion and Q&A with leading climate activists, scholars, and policymakers. They will convene to look at strategies for hastening this energy shift and advancing climate policy action, while discussing the roles of effective communication, policy, research, and social mobilization. The discussion will also identify pragmatic opportunities to enhance ambition on climate and energy action during this critical window of time for accelerated action on mitigation.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. EDT – Check-in
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT – Panel Discussion


  • Tim Puko, Climate Correspondent, Washington Post


  • Jason Bordoff,  Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA; Professor and Co-Founding Dean Emeritus, Columbia Climate School
  • Abigail Dillen, President, Earthjustice
  • Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair, Texas Tech University

This event will be hosted in person in New York City and live-streamed via Zoom.

Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Natalie Volk ([email protected]).
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