2014 program

  • MONTREAL

    October 6, 2014
    Cœur des Sciences,
    Université du Québec à Montreal

  • OTTAWA

     October 7, 2014
    Canadian Museum of Nature

  • CHICAGO

     October 8, 2014
    Baker & MacKenzie

  • BOSTON

    October 9, 2014
    Massachussets Institute of Technology

  • NEW ORLEANS

    November 10, 2014
    Tulane University

  • VANCOUVER

    November 12, 2014
    Simon Fraser University

  • LOS ANGELES

     November 14, 2014
    University of California, Los Angeles


  • MONTREAL

    Villes et dérèglement climatique. Place aux opportunités!
    October 6th, 2014, 6:00PM
    Coeur des Sciences, UQAM (175, avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal)

    Flyer (pdf)
    Live Video Stream

    france-flag-30x20En partenariat avec le “Coeur des Sciences de l’Université du Québec à Montréal”, les missions diplomatiques françaises de Québec, Ottawa et Washington organisent une conférence sur la question du dérèglement climatique. Cet événement est une contribution à la préparation de la Conférence sur les changements climatiques des Nations Unies qui se tiendra en France en Décembre 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climat 2015). Réunissant des experts de haut niveau issus de différents domaines, cette conférence est l'occasion de présenter les dernières évaluations scientifiques des impacts du changement climatique mais aussi les opportunités économiques qui verront le jour si nous décidons de relever ces défis urgents. Au-delà des contraintes et des coûts, la lutte contre le dérèglement climatique peut-elle être la source d’un développement économique, social et technologique? Quels sont les enjeux principaux, essentiels pour parvenir à un accord à Paris en 2015 ?

    La conférence de Montréal illustrera les défis et opportunités qui s’expriment particulièrement dans les grandes villes : celles-ci hébergent plus d’un habitant sur deux de la planète et représentent 80% des émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre (GES). Les villes peuvent-elles augmenter leur résilience en adoptant des mesures pour améliorer leurs infrastructures ou optimiser leur efficacité énergétique?

    united-states-flag-30x20In partnership with the “Coeur des Sciences de l’UQAM”, the French diplomatic missions of Québec, Ottawa, and Washington organize a conference to discuss climate issues. This event is committed to the preparation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015). Gathering high-level experts from different fields, this conference is an opportunity to present the latest scientific assessments of the impacts of climate change and the economic opportunities that could arise if we decide to address these urgent challenges. Beyond the constraints and costs, may fight against climate change be the foundation of an economic, social and technological development? What are the key issues in negotiations that will be essential to achieve an agreement in Paris in 2015 ?

    The Montreal conference will exemplify these challenges and opportunities as they prevails in big cities. Indeed, cities house 50% of the planet's inhabitants and account for 80% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide. Can cities increase their resilience by adopting, for example, measures to improve infrastructures and optimize energy efficiency?

    Program

    5:45pm Welcome.

    6:00pm Remarks by Nicolas Hulot: Special envoy to the French Republic for the protection of the planet, founder of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind, France.

    6:15pm Panelists Presentation.

    - Emilie Alberola: Associate professor of economics at HEC Paris and Head of Carbon Market and Energy research division at CDC Climate in Paris, France.

    - Alain Bourque: Director General of Ouranos, a consortium of climate scientists and professionals, Canada.

    - Steven Guilbeault: Environmental journalist and co-founder of Equiterre, an NGO advocating for ecological agriculture, fair trade, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation, Canada.

    - Jean Jouzel: Climatologist and glaciologist, researcher at the Atomic Energy Commission, Vice Chair of IPCC working Group I. Paris, France.

    6:55pm Round table moderated by Yanick Villedieu: Journalist and host of the Canadian radio program “les Années Lumière.” Canada.

    7:00pm Q&A with the audience. 7:30pm: adjourn.

  • OTTAWA

    Climate Change – The Great Challenge and Opportunity of Our Time / Changement Climatique – Le Grand Défi et une Opportunité de Notre Temps.
    October 7, 2014, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Canadian Museum of Nature (Salon Barrick)

    Flyer (pdf)
    Live Video Stream

    united-states-flag-30x20In partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Embassy of France in Canada will organize a conference to discuss climate issues in the context of the preparation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015). Gathering high-level experts from different fields, this conference will be an opportunity to present the latest scientific assessments of the impacts of climate change, the economic opportunities that could arise, if we decide to address these urgent challenges, as well as the issues at stake in the negotiations that will be key to achieve an agreement in Paris in 2015.

    france-flag-30x20En partenariat avec l'Université d'Ottawa, le Musée Canadien de la Nature, et le Centre Jacques Cartier, les ambassades de France organisent, mardi 7 octobre (5pm-7pm) une conférence pour discuter des questions de changements climatiques dans le contexte de la préparation de Paris Climat 2015. Réunissant des experts de haut niveau de différents domaines, cette conférence sera l'occasion de présenter les dernières évaluations scientifiques des impacts du changement climatique, les opportunités économiques qui pourraient survenir, ainsi que les enjeux clés pour aboutir à un accord à Paris en 2015.

    5:00 pm Welcome.

    5:10 pm      Remarks by Nicolas Hulot: Special envoy to the French Republic for the protection of the planet, founder of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind, France.

    5:30 pm      Panelists Presentation.

    - Jean Jouzel: Climatologist and glaciologist, researcher at the Atomic Energy Commission, Vice Chair of IPCC working Group I. Paris, France.

    - Emilie Alberola: Associate professor of economics at HEC Paris and Head of Carbon Market and Energy research division at CDC Climate in Paris, France.

    - Clare Demerse: Senior policy advisor at Clean Energy Canada, Canada.

    - Stewart Elgie: Deputy director of the Institute of the Environment and Professor at University of Ottawa specializing in environmental law and economics, Canada.

    - David Runnalls: Professor at the University of Ottawa and former president of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada.

    - Moderator Robert Fife: Bureau chief of CTV News Ottawa, Canada.

    6:10 pm      Round table discussion.

    6:40 pm      Q&A with the audience.

  • CHICAGO

    Towards A Positive Agenda in Climate Change.
    October 8, 2014, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    Baker & McKenzie, 300 E Randolph St #5000

    Flyer (pdf)
    Live Video Stream

    In partnership with the University of Chicago and Baker&McKenzie, the Cultural and Scientific Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago will organize a conference with two roundtables to exchange about the need for urgent and strong action about climate change at all levels and the related economic opportunities.

    2:30 pm      Welcome.

    2:45 pm      Opening remarks by Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France and Richard Sandor, Chairman and CEO of Environmental Financial Products

    3:00 pm     First Roundtable: the need for urgent and strong action about climate change at both national and local levels.

    - Sandy Carter: University of Chicago graduate active in grassroots organizing around climate change.

    - Jean Jouzel: Climatologist and glaciologist, researcher at the Atomic Energy Commission, Vice Chair of IPCC working Group I. Paris, France.

    - Brice Lalonde: Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to the UN Global Compact, former Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference, and former French ambassador for climate change negotiations.

    - Eric Posner: Professor of law at the University of Chicago, United States.

    - Karen Weigert: Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago, United States.

    - Moderator Brian Quirke: Director of Communications for the U.S. Department of Energy in the Midwest, United States.

    4:15 pm     Second round table: the economic opportunities and emerging new industries of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    - Emilie Alberola: Associate professor of economics at HEC Paris and Head of Carbon Market and Energy research division at CDC Climate in Paris, France.

    - Bart Chilton: Former Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    - Amy Francetic: Chief Executive Officer of Clean Energy Trust, United States.

    - Scott Baron: Global Product Line Director for Acciona Windpower, Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, based out of Chicago

    - Moderator Marisa Martin: Attorney in Baker & McKenzie’s Climate Change and Environmental Markets Practice Group, United States.

    5:30 pm      Reception offered by Baker & McKenzie and the Consulate General of France.

  • BOSTON

    The Impacts of Climate Change.
    October 9, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Wong Auditorium MIT

    Flyer (pdf)
    Live Video Stream

    In partnership with the MIT, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Boston will organize a conference to discuss the economic impacts of climate change. Over the past several years, the world has experienced rising sea levels, extreme drought, heavy storms, wildfires and other indicators of climate change with increasing frequency and intensity. These events emphasize the growing threats posed by climate change and urgent need for action. Strong scientific research has shown that climate change is currently occurring and that, if ignored, will result in billions of dollars in economic, health and societal costs.

    The panel of scientific and policy experts will outline the main consequences of climate change and the risks it presents to the economy, particularly in the North-East region. The panel will also highlight the economic opportunities of addressing climate change now and working to lessen its effects. Additionally, the event will also connect these issues to the on-going negotiations for a new climate treaty to be discussed in Paris, during the COP 21, in December 2015 and explain what can expected from this major international conference.

    4:00pm     Welcoming remarks by Chappell Lawson: Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and Director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives, United States.

    4:10pm      Panel and Q&A.

    - "The growing role of business in the international mobilization against Climate change" by Brice Lalonde: Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to the UN Global Compact, former Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference, and former French ambassador for climate change negotiations.

    - "Curbing CO2 emissions thanks to economic tools" by Emilie Alberola, Associate professor of economics at HEC Paris and Head of Carbon Market and Energy research division at CDC Climate in Paris, France.

    - "Understanding the role of human activities as a contributor to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on the economy" by John Reilly: Senior Lecturer at MIT and Co-Director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Center for Environmental Policy Research. Boston, United States.

    - "A focus on extreme weather events" by Kerry Emanuel, Professor of meteorology at MIT and member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Boston, United States.

    - "What does science tells us about the changes of our climate", by Jean Jouzel, Climatologist and glaciologist, researcher at the Atomic Energy Commission, Vice Chair of IPCC working Group I. Paris, France.

    - "Time scales of climate change and societal change" by Susan Solomon, Professor of atmospheric chemistry at MIT, member of the Royal Society, the European Academy and the French Foreign Academy of Sciences. Boston, United States.

    Moderated by Tom Zeller Jr.: Senior editor, Yale Environment 360 and 2014 Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT; former staff writer and editor for The New York Times, National Geographic and The Huffington Post.

    The event will be followed by a cocktail.

  • NEW ORLEANS

    How can we best prepare for climate change consequences?
    November 10, 2014, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Tulane University, The Lavin Bernik Center - room 212 - Qatar Ballroom

    Flyer (pdf)
    Live Video Stream

    In partnership with the Tulane University, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in New Orleans will organize a conference to discuss the impacts of climate change and how we can prepare to face them. Gathering high-level experts from different fields, this conference will be an opportunity to present the latest scientific assessments of the impacts of climate change, the measures and strategies local and national governments are taking to get prepared and become more resilient, as well as the issues at stake in the negotiations that will be key to achieve an agreement in Paris in 2015.

    3:00 pm     Welcoming remarks.

    3:15 pm      First panel: the scientific assessment: what are the risks to expect from climate change?

    - Donald Boesch: Professor of marine science and president of the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland, United States.

    - Virginia Burkett: Scientific director for Climate Change at the U.S. Geological Survey, United States.

    - Valérie Masson-Delmotte: Paleo climatologist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

    - Torbjörn E. Törnqvist: Vokes geology professor, Chair of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, United States.

    - Moderator Mark Davis: Director of the Water Resource Law and Policy Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, United States.

    4:30 pm      Facing the challenges: local and national policies to prepare to the consequences of climate change.

    - Corinne Lepage: Former French minister of the environment, founder and president of Cap21 (green party), France.

    - Jerome “Zee” Zeringue: Director of Coastal Activities & Chairman-Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), United States.

    - Daniel Zimmer: Director of Innovation at “Knowledge Innovation Community- Climate”, European Institute of Technology, France.

    5:30 pm      Q&A with the audience.

  • VANCOUVER

    Climate Change and Solutions from Innovation
    November 12, 2014, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Simon Fraser University Woodward's

    Flyer (pdf)
    Live Video Stream

    In partnership with the Simon Fraser University, the Embassy of France in Canada and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver will organize a conference to discuss how green innovations can contribute to solving the climate change challenge. Whether it is for mitigating our emissions and create new consumption or transportation paths, or to help better assess and react to the threats poses by climate change, green innovations will be an important part to both fight and adapt to climate change.

    6:00 pm      Introduction.

    - David Suzuki: Co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, scientist, leading environmentalist in Canada.

    6:20 pm      Panelist Presentations.

    - Corinne Lepage: Former French minister of the environment, founder and president of Cap21 (green party), France.

    - Mark Jaccard: Professor of politics and the environment at Simon Fraser University, member of the IPCC, Canada.

    - Valérie Masson-Delmotte: Paleo climatologist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

    - Tom Pedersen: Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Canada.

    - Andrew Weaver: Professor of earth and ocean science at the University of Victoria and elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Britich Columbia, Canada.

    - Daniel Zimmer: Director of Innovation at “Knowledge Innovation Community- Climate”, European Institute of Technology, France.

    - Moderator Bob McDonald: Scientific journalist and host of the radio program Quirks & Quarks, Canada.

    7:00 pm      Panelist Discussion.

    7 :30 pm     Audience Questions.

  • LOS ANGELES

    Climate Ready Cities: Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change and Adapt in Urban Areas
    November 14, 2014, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (followed by a cocktail lunch)
    UCLA Carnesale Commons - Palisades Room

    Flyer (pdf)
    Live Video Stream

    In partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) for Climate Action and Sustainability, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will organize a conference to discuss the challenges climate change represents for cities around the world. With more than half of humanity living in cities, urban centers are key actors for climate change. Climate change represents a major threat for many cities that will have to face a range of impacts from the consequences of the changing climate (sea level rise, increased frequency of extreme weather events, heat waves, etc.). However, the threats brought by climate change can also represent an opportunity and many cities are already taking action to become climate resilient by both decreasing their emissions and by preparing to mitigate the future impacts of climate change.

    - Corinne Lepage: Former French minister of the environment, founder and president of Cap21 (green party), France.

    - Valérie Masson-Delmotte: Paleo climatologist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

    - Daniel Zimmer: Director of Innovation at “Knowledge Innovation Community- Climate”, European Institute of Technology, France.

    - Alex Hall: Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, United States.

    - Mary Nichols: Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, United States.

    - Pam O'Connor: Mayor, City of Santa Monica, United States.

    - Moderator Mat Kaplan: Producer and host of Planetary Radio, United States.