World Affairs Council - Climate Change: Whose World is it?

What’s the difference between climate change and global warming? How does this impact me? Am I responsible? Be a part of the growing dialogue and join the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC at Mount Vernon on May 19th as we discuss, debate, and collaborate on climate change, the world, history, and where you fit in.

So often our focus narrows to present challenges affecting our global world only touching on milestones of the past.  Through Climate Change: Whose World is it? we challenge you to expand your lens—exploring climate changes of the past and present by investigating the world as it is now, as it was millions of years ago, and how you can impact its future.

During the program, you will hear from a variety of experts from academic and professional fields as they discuss the history of our worlds changing climate and how you can make a difference. You will also engage in discussions and debates with students and teachers across the country from both our virtual and in-house studio audience. Most importantly, you will reflect on what you already know and be challenged to think outside of the present.

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May 19, 2016
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern/6-10 a.m. Pacific



Blake Lynch has nearly 20 years of experience in governmental relations, communications, and policy advocacy, primarily in the fields of conservation, sustainability, clean energy, and public health for organizations in the U.S. and abroad. A former registered lobbyist and Peace Corps volunteer, he now runs a Washington, DC-based non-profit specializing in sustainability outreach, advocacy, and communications, currently working on campaigns relating to large-scale renewable energy and clean vehicles manufacturing projects financed by the U.S. Department of Energy.



Esau Sinnok is from Shishmaref, Alaska, a town with a population of 650. It is a small Iñupiaq community where everyone knows each other. Shishmaref is a barrier island that has been eroding and flooding for the past 50 years. He is a current Arctic Youth Ambassador, chosen by the U.S. State Department to share a local perspective on Arctic issues and to engage with leaders from around the world to add to a global conversation about how to sustain communities, cultures and the environment in a changing Arctic. 

Eric Meyer is a United States diplomat who was most recently Consul General in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Prior to that assignment, he was Consul in Helsinki, Finland, Cultural Attaché in Cairo, Egypt and Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Eric worked in corporate sales and government relations for United Airlines.  He graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and an MBA from Georgetown University.  He speaks Danish, French, Finnish, Khmer and Spanish.



Lisa Friedman is the editor of ClimateWire and joined the company in 2008. She was also ClimateWire's lead international affairs reporter, covering the U.N. global warming negotiations and the intersection of climate, security and development. Before joining CW, Lisa spent 14 years in daily journalism in California, Nevada and Washington, D.C., serving as the Washington bureau chief for the Oakland Tribune and later the Los Angeles Daily News. She has won a number of journalism honors including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Kavli Science Journalism Award and the Edwin M. Hood Diplomatic Correspondence Award. A New Jersey native, Friedman is a graduate of Columbia University. @DellaVolla.

Megan RosenbergerMegan Rosenberger found her environmental passion while growing-up in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania after a devastating rainfall flooded her community. In 2012, Megan was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award from President Barack Obama for developing hydroelectric rainwater collection barrels for water crisis relief efforts around the world. She has also been recognized for her discovery of a novel bioluminescent organism that determines water potability. Megan was named United States Miss Teen Eco 2012 and Miss Teen Earth Pennsylvania 2012. In March 2015, Megan founded a non-profit, Barrels by the Bay, whose mission is to educate individuals about water resources through the use of rain barrels. Follow Barrels By the Bay on Twitter at @barrelsbythebay.