»Beyond Copenhagen

An International Conference on Climate Change
April 21-23, 2010
Chapman University, Orange, CA

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The Schmid College of Science and Technology, in conjunction with the Fowler School of Law, organized Beyond Copenhagen, a three-day conference event at Chapman University.  The conference focused on exploring the many potential challenges and opportunities in climate change from the science involved to the task of determining what changes in policy would produce viable and sustainable environmental improvement.  The conference also highlighted the specific impacts of climate change on human societies, policy, energy and international law, within four major societal sectors: food, energy, health, and finance, (the "Four F's" of Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon: Food, Fuel, Flu, and Finance).

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009 was an attempt to determine how the world will proceed with the issues of climate change. This convention came at a critical time, and Chapman's Beyond Copenhagen Conference spotlighted the major results from COP15 with in-depth discussions and speeches from experts in several fields.

As we centered our attention on Beyond Copenhagen, we also wanted to tie in any implications for us here in California. With 38 million residents and a $1.8 trillion economy, California could be a member of the G-8 if it were a separate nation. California's corporate and political institutions have been at the forefront of innovative environmental policies that promote green businesses. The decisions made during COP 15 have direct effects on the business and policy sectors within this state.  As a leader in climate change response within the United States and across the globe, California must carry on and extend COP 15's initiatives and continue to spearhead changes that will affect all corners of the globe.

Promoting a clean environment and promoting economic growth; these two societal imperatives, often believed to be at odds with each other, have found a synergetic relationship in the great State of California. For example, carbon emissions per capita in California are less than half of the U.S. average. California was the first state in the nation to adopt greenhouse gas regulations, green building codes and efficiency standards for automobiles and appliances. And yet, California is also home to the most innovative and modern high tech firms in the world.

The event kicked-off on April 21, 2010 at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in the Folino Theatre. This event infused environmental issues and the arts in an exciting film presentation by MacGillivray Freeman Films, The Living Sea, as well as provided a sneak peak at their new film, The Arctic.

The events on April 22 and 23 included several keynote speakers and panel discussions of the four spotlighted human society areas — food, energy, health, and finance — as well as other presentations including a critical panel discussion of global warming.  Engaging and varied discussions by experts in numerous fields showcased issues from health, energy, and agriculture in relation to global change. These discussions focused both on aspects of climate change that currently affect us, as well as those that we can expect to affect us in the future.

The Fowler School of Law closed the conference on April 23, 2010 with events emphasizing the legal aspects of environmental policy. In addition, Schmid College held a panel discussion on energy. Throughout the day, various panel discussions took place, debating and deliberating climate change from a legal standpoint. These discussions were followed by a final reception in the lobby of Kennedy Hall.

Speakers and panelists included:


  • Ghassem Asrar, Ph.D., Head of World Climate Research Programme, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Victor Flatt, JD, Taft Professor of Environmental Law, School of Law, and Director, Center for Law,
 Environment, Adaptation, and Resources, University of North Carolina

  • Frank Harris, Ph.D., Manager - Global Climate Change, Southern California Edison
    
  • Fotis C. Kafatos, Ph.D., Honorary President of the European Research Council, and Chair,
 Immunogenomics, Imperial College, London

  • Berrien Moore III, Ph.D., Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist, Climate Central

  • Amy Sinden, JD, Associate Professor of Law, Beasley School of Law, Temple University

  • Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Communications, Orange County Business
 Council

  • Edward Wegman, Ph.D., Professor of Data Sciences and Applied Statistics, George Mason University

  • Pierre-André Senizergues, Former Pro Skater, Founder/Owner, Sole Technology

  • David Nahai, JD, Senior Advisor, Clinton Climate Initiative

  • And many more top experts

Our conference was supported by sponsors who have monumental influence and are actively pursuing new opportunities regarding climate change.

Organizers: Schmid College of Science and Technology and Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

Chair: Menas Kafatos

Co-Chair: Daniel Bogart

Sponsors:  Bank of America, Southern California Edison, Fueling California, Orange County Business Council, Orange County Workforce Investment Board, PowerPlus!, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Fowler School of Law

Supporting Organizations: A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Chapman University, Center for Entrepreneurship, Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute, Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chapman University, MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, Hong Ik International Art Center, Korean Women's International Network

Local Organizing Committee: Karen Agrums, Christina Alexopoulos, Deepa Badrinarayana, Denis Binder, Paul Chan, Nancy Christiano, Mary DeVlugt, Hesham El-Askary, Michael Fahy, David Finley, Frank Frisch, Jennifer Hunnewell, Christopher Kim, Brooke Kirchner, Chris Lewis, Ashley Melton, Mary Platt, Anuradha Prakash, Nikias Sarafoglou, David Shafie, PK Shukla, Emmanuel Smith, Jamie Stewart-Marsh, Keun-Hang Susan Yang

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The following statement was sent on behalf of the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Honorable Ban Ki-moon by Mr. Wonsoo Kim, Deputy Chef de Cabinet, in the Office of the Secretary General:

"I thank Chapman University's Schmid College of Science and Technology and Fowler School of Law, and all others involved, for drawing attention to the issue of climate change, one of the defining challenges of our era and one of my key priorities at the United Nations. Last December's Copenhagen conference was an essential step forward, even if it did not go as far as many would have hoped. Our challenge now is to move toward an ambitious agreement.
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Nature does not negotiate. Any further deferment of action will only jeopardize our ability to prevent runaway climate change and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. As Secretary-General, I thank you for your contribution to addressing this grave challenge."
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