National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


What do a White House senior advisor, a member of Congress, scientists, military planners, and business people have in common? At a June 4 symposium in Seattle organized by the Jackson Foundation and PNNL, they all agreed that climate change is having an impact on national security that will only increase with time. Thirty-six leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia participated in the symposium titled “The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change – What do Decision-makers Need to be Prepared?”

This briefing will focus on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlight the next steps for action. Alice Hill will provide a perspective on the President’s priorities around national security and climate policy. Commander John Marburger will address the military’s perspective on the threats facing our nation from global warming. Ian Kraucunas will highlight climate trends and tools available to national and local decision-makers. Finally, Larry Phillips will discuss the Pacific Northwest’s strategies for tackling the threat of climate change.

Henry M. Jackson Foundation Vice President Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice group, will moderate the discussion. Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of the Wilson Center’s Program will open the briefing and provide concluding remarks.

A reception with light refreshments will follow.

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