As scientists worldwide near a consensus on the relentless progress of global warming, public opinion has focused on its most obvious current effects: floods and forest fires; the melting of the polar ice caps; the inundation of low-lying islands. These immediate problems, however, do not reflect the grave long-range consequences of climate change, which will impact the lives of hundreds of millions of our planet’s inhabitants, among them: migration, famine and disease, all at unprecedented levels, and bearing the seeds of bitter military conflict over the earth’s shrinking livable territory.
The magnitude of the cost of dealing with these problems is staggering and can only be mitigated, Professor Guzman will argue, by immediate, concerted international action.
This program is co-sponsored by the Marin Chapter of the United Nations Association.
Speaker: Andrew Guzman, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International and Executive Education, University of California, Berkeley