LIU Global Graduate Journeys to U.N. Climate Talks in Warsaw to Push for U.S. Leadership
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. –-LIU Global graduate Adam Greenberg traveled to Warsaw, Poland on Nov. 11—with nearly two dozen other young leaders from the environmental group SustainUS—to advocate and educate at this year’s round of negotiations for the United Nations on climate change, laying the groundwork for a proposed 2015 international treaty.
Greenberg, who currently works for the outreach department at energy efficiency company Next Step Living, said he was grateful for the opportunity to attend the negotiations, and is hopeful that this will be the year that the Obama administration steps up to the challenge of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the world’s foremost scientific authority on climate science—issued its latest report, which reaffirmed the scientific consensus that industrial activities are disrupting the climate system in ways that pose serious threats to the life prospects of young people and future generations, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. However, the report also identifies the possibility of significantly limiting these risks by decarbonizing the global economy as quickly as possible.
Greenberg argued that although this has been a politically difficult task, there are examples around the world that prove it is economically and technologically possible. The European Union’s carbon market has been operating since 2005; Australia has had a carbon tax since 2011, and China is experimenting with pricing carbon in eight provinces and aiming to expand the program nationwide. Here in the United States, there are 10 states ahead of the federal government in terms of pricing carbon pollution.
Greenberg also explained that, despite crippling gridlock in Washington, there are major steps that President Obama can take that don’t require congressional approval.
“President Obama has said that he wants the U.S. to be a leader in tackling climate change, but right now we’re falling behind the rest of the world,” Greenberg said. “The president can, and must, send a strong signal to the international community by enacting tough EPA regulations on existing power plants and giving his negotiators marching orders to bring home an ambitious international treaty worthy of debate in 2015.”
LIU Global graduates continue to fight on the frontline for causes they believe in, and immerse themselves in the world around them. To learn more, visit liu.edu/global.
Return to Press Releases