Prof. James. Hansen is former Top NASA Climate Scientist, and is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Worldly known as the “father of global warming research”, Prof. James Hansen was invited to share his opinion on the possible outcome of the coming 2015 Paris Climate Conference. In his speech, Prof. James Hansen highlighted the under-known causes of climate change and emphasized on world unity to promote energy conservation, development of renewable energy and reduction of carbon emissions to improve quality of life on this planet.
During the dialogue, delegates from SEIA and Beijing International Exchange Association Sustainable Development Committee also asked Prof. James Hansen for his advice on how to effectively reduce carbon emissions from existing energy-producing industries and sought his expertise for alternative solutions to replace fossil fuels in energy production.
During the discussion on the controversial topic of substituting fossil fuels with nuclear energy, Mr. Christopher Chuang, Chairman of Beijing International Exchange Association Sustainable Development Committee expressed his observation of the public sentiment towards the usage of Nuclear energy and asked Prof. James Hansen for his advice on how to promote public participation and resilience in combating climate change. Approaching the end of the dialogue, Mr. Chuang reaffirmed that the public and civil society play a critical role in influencing policy process and has the potential to make significant contributions to achieve climate neutrality, and improvement of lives on this planet.