Why New U.S Power Plant Rules Still Need the Montreal Protocol
NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 -- President Obama’s proposed rules issued this week to reduce climate pollution from existing power plants is a critical strategy in the battle to protect the global climate. When finalized next year, and after the expected legal challenges, the rules will spur the innovation by states and companies needed to go further in the future. Even today, however, the proposed rules show the depth of the president’s commitment to climate protection, and will help move the US back into a leadership position at the global level.
Yet as powerful as the new rules will be—cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030—they are not enough to solve the global problem of climate change. To meet the scale of challenges inherent to climate change, President Obama must rally countries including China, India, and the other large economies to take coordinated action at the global level. President Obama has already begun engaging the global community with his efforts to phase down one of the six main greenhouse gases under the Montreal Protocol (which is widely regarded as the world’s most successful environmental treaty).
To understand the Montreal Protocol’s past success and why the President has made this treaty one of his priorities in his Climate Action Plan, the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is presenting on June 12, 2014 in New York City at Pace University in a plenary panel titled, “The Extraordinary Experience of Building A Global Regulatory Regime That Worked But Is Endangered Today: The Montreal Protocol.”
The AESS is convening the global leaders responsible for crafting, managing, and studying the Montreal Protocol to present a cogent, fast-paced “briefing” on six primary questions:
- What made the Montreal Protocol work so well to protect both the ozone layer and the climate?
- What were its flaws and gaps?
- What “correctives” are needed now?
- How do we connect these “correctives” with opportunities to help in the challenge of global warming?
- What does this mean for us as academics and citizens?
- What opportunities/resources are there for us to make a difference in the Anthropocene?
The examination of these poignant questions will serve as a “briefing” and a call to action, seeking a solutions-oriented and transformative examination for the teaching and scholarship of the intersection of ozone layer protection and climate change. The call to action is to re-educate ourselves with up-to-date information on the foremost contemporary issues that will re-invigorate teachers, scholars, and students to confront the present and future threats to the treaty regulations.
Expert participants in the panel will include:
- Penelope Canan , University of Central Florida
- Stephen O. Andersen, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
- Brian J. Gareau, Boston College
- Durwood Zaelke, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
The panel is part of the AESS’s annual conference, entitled “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship” where many other challenges of global environmental change will be addressed. Details for the June 11-14, 2014 AESS Conference are available at www.aess.info. Pace University is at 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY across from City Hall.
About the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) The purpose of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is to serve the faculty, students and staff of the 1000+ interdisciplinary environmental programs in North America and around the world. We seek to strengthen teaching, research and service in environmental studies and sciences, and to improve communication across boundaries that too often divide the traditional academic disciplines. The Association works to support the professional development of Association members not just as individuals but also to advance Environmental Studies and Sciences as a whole.
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