Panel Discussion: “Climate Change and Coronavirus”

Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Zoom Webinar
Open to the Public
Princeton Environmental Institute

Princeton professor Stephen Pacala, researcher Kian Mintz-Woo and environmental journalist Meera Subramanian will lead the online panel discussion “Climate Change and Coronavirus” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, about the long-term environmental and ethical effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will be held via Zoom — pre-registration is required to receive a link to the event.

The speakers will discuss topics such as rebuilding the economy in a more sustainable way and if an opportunity to shift away from fossil fuels exists; the ethical implications related to health for both climate change and COVID-19; and the role the media we consume plays in how we view both of these existential threats. The panel will include a short introduction from each speaker, followed by a Q&A session. More information on the speakers is below.

  • Stephen Pacala is Princeton’s Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative administered by PEI. Pacala chairs a National Academies effort to create alternative policies for implementing sustainable technologies and mitigating the adverse societal impacts of climate change, especially in light of the coronavirus epidemic.
  • Kian Mintz-Woo, a postdoctoral research associate in Princeton’s University Center for Human Values and lecturer in PEI, will talk about the social cost of carbon and why now, during the COVID-19 crisis, might be the best time to implement a price on carbon.
  • Meera Subramanian is the 2019-20 PEI Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and an award-winning environmental journalist who writes about culture and the environment for newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Pre-registration is required to receive Zoom invite.

This event is organized by the Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition and the Princeton Student Climate Initiative in recognition of Earth Day with co-sponsorship by PEI and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

Updated info and more detail is found on the Princeton Environmental Institute Event Page




Categories: General Event, COVID-19