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Aspen Ideas Festival 2018: Leading On Climate

Zoe Rom
Aspen Public Radio

The United States stands alone as the only country on the planet to reject the Paris Accord.

President Trump’s withdrawal, after President Obama was fundamental in forming the agreement, means an abandonment of leadership just as the rest of the world’s governments and companies are moving forward to combat climate change. Arguments about who should act, and how, shape international negotiations. Meanwhile, China has already asserted itself as the new leader on clean energy by launching initiatives and announcing global partnerships. Is climate change a geopolitical crisis in the making?


The panel was moderated by David Leonhardt, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. It features Christiana Figueres, the convenor of Mission 2020, a global effort to peak greenhouse emissions by 2020, and Todd Stern, who lead the US effort in negotiating the Paris Agreement.

Aspen Public Radio's Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Stern before the discussion.

Aspen Public Radio's interview with Todd Stern.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.