Format: 60 to 75 minutes of presentations and 45 to 60 minutes of open forum discussion
Title: “Climate Disruption in Missouri: Consequences and Solutions”
Synopsis: Missouri business leaders, educators and environmental leaders discuss dangers and opportunities related to human-caused climate change in Missouri.
Climate change is already disrupting the lives of Missouri citizens, costing billions in damages, harming our economy and putting our state's vital natural resources at risk – with potentially catastrophic results in the decades ahead if we don't get to work on solving the climate crisis.
In just the past few years, Missourians have experienced increasingly severe floods, droughts, forest fires and dangerous storms. Climate change is disrupting the lives of our citizens, costing billions in damages, harming our economy and putting our state's vital natural resources at risk.
If current trends in emissions continue, the results could be catastrophic in the decades ahead. That's a risk we don't need to take with our children’s future.
We can put Missourians to work now on implementing common sense solutions that will benefit our economy and generate jobs. Market-based clean energy technologies present a real opportunity to reduce fossil fuel dependency and make Missouri and America cleaner, safer and stronger.
The speakers will share solutions on how Missouri, the Show Me State, can step up and show the country how to get it done – here and now, in Missouri.
A facilitator moderated open forum panel discussion will follow the presentations
Agenda: Presenters and Agenda Topics (all the main speakers have from 15 to 20 minutes - max):
· Dr. Parvi: Welcome, Introductions and Event overview
· Larry Lazar: “From Doubtful to Alarmed: My Climate Journey”
· Dr. Johann Bruhn: “The Once and Future Missouri Forests”
· Corinne McAfee: "How Solving Climate Change can Create Jobs in Missouri"
· Brian Ettling: “A Conservative Case for a Price on Carbon”
A facilitated audience Q&A of the panelists will follow the presentations