How to Livestream Harvard Climate Action Week, June 10 - 14

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May 29, 2024

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Harvard Climate Action Week 2024, taking place at Harvard University and online from June 10 – 14, invites climate experts, leaders, and stakeholders to come together and explore solutions to the most complex and challenging dimensions of the climate crisis. Participants will dive deep into the policies, private actions, and leadership needed to drive further reductions in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. 

Registration for in-person attendance has now closed, but many sessions will be available to livestream. Recordings from most in-person sessions will be made available on the Salata Institute YouTube channel and website in the weeks following Harvard Climate Action Week.  

Sign up to attend Harvard Climate Action Week virtually here so you can receive email notifications about livestreams and session recordings and access the Harvard Climate Action Week app. 

The following sessions will be livestreamed on the Salata Institute YouTube channel and homepage. Registration is not required to livestream any session, except for the Wednesday webinar titled “Raising Our Ambitions for a Just Climate Future” (register for this session here).

Monday, June 10:  

10:10 AM ET: Tackling Hard-to-Abate Sectors 

This conversation between leaders of some of the most difficult-to-abate sectors will explore challenges that hamper sector-wide transformation, and what types of investments and innovations are required to make these sectors leaders in carbon mitigation. 

11:40 AM ET: Finding Bipartisan Solutions to the Climate Crisis 

Featuring Carlos Curbelo, former Republican Representative, Florida’s 26th Congressional District, and founder of the House of Representatives Climate Solutions Caucus; and a member of the U.S. Senate (stay tuned for an announcement in the coming days).

1:30 PM ET: Carbon Pricing in 2025?

Hear from Economists James Stock and Catherine Wolfram as well as U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse about what carbon pricing might mean for U.S. industry, reducing the deficit, and ensuring that the United States reduces carbon emissions at a rate that averts the worst effects of climate change.

3:00 PM ET: Environmental Justice Implementation with IRA Funds: Is It Working? 

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act targeted hundreds of billions of dollars for an all-of-government approach for climate action. Livestream this panel discussion moderated by Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Administrator, David Cash, to hear about the challenges of implementing this unprecedented investment and how leaders are leveraging community wisdom, academia, and unprecedented federal dollars to address climate change and protect public health. 

4:30 PM ET: The Challenge of U.S. Climate Law in the next Five years 

What climate laws and regulations can we expect from Congress and the Executive branch in the next five years? What difference will the 2024 presidential election make? And how will climate regulation fare in the face of a skeptical Supreme Court? Livestream this panel featuring Roger Martella, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Electric, Donald Verrilli, former Solicitor General of the United States, and Abigail Dillen, President of Earthjustice.  

Tuesday, June 11:  

9:00 AM ET: Gen Z Climate Leadership 

This conversation will consider the Gen Z approach to climate change, including Gen Z’s unique generational perspective on this issue, stories of youth climate leadership and initiative, and strategies for harnessing this generation’s energy and enthusiasm for continued climate progress. The panel features Nalleli Cobo, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize and Chris Barnard, President of the American Conservation Coalition.  

10:15 AM ET: Transitioning the Grid 

In order to meet the net zero goals envisioned in the Inflation Reduction Act, a transformation of the U.S. energy grid is required. The main obstacles to building a grid organized around wind, solar, and hydro power are not technical or economic, but social, political, and legal. Livestream this session to hear from Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government Stephen Ansolabehere and former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and to mark the release of the Salata Institute’s new study of the obstacles to long-distance transmission development in the U.S. 

11:30 AM ET: The Importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Livestream this panel, focused on two of the New England Tribal Nations, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Both sovereign nations work to preserve and protect the natural resources of their communities through their resource management offices and traditional practices. Panelists will provide historical perspectives, the challenges each community faces, the importance of respecting traditional ecological knowledge, and solutions/pathways forward. 

4:45 PM ET: Harvard Alumni Leading Climate Solutions 

Livestream this session to hear about leading work in climate solutions by alumni practitioners from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard College.  

Wednesday, June 12: 

10:00 AM ET: COP28 and Beyond: Climate Relief and Recovery: Paths to Peace 

This session, presented by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, will feature ambassadors and special envoys from several nations engaged in climate diplomacy on the world stage. The session will critically examine the incorporation of peace into the climate agenda and deliberate on the application of these enhanced directives. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach, the webinar will navigate through the complex interplay of data analysis, policy formulation, and strategic communication, aiming to delineate pathways for the realization of the COP28 commitments and the path ahead for COP29 and beyond.

1:00 PM ET: Museums as  Storytellers and Conveners on Climate Change 

As trusted institutions, museums have a unique opportunity to educate the public and spark meaningful discussions about the urgent issue of climate change. Join this webinar, hosted by the Harvard Extension School, exploring how museums can leverage their roles as storytellers and community conveners to advance understanding and action on this global challenge. 

3:30 PM ET: Integrated Methane Inversion: A User-Friendly Tool for Monitoring Emissions with Satellite Data 

Stay tuned for details on this session. 

4:00 PM ET: Raising Our Ambitions for a Just Climate Future 

Register to livestream this interdisciplinary panel of Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellows—experts in environmental law, policy, and planning—who will explore how collaboration among researchers and policymakers can raise ambitions for climate action and climate justice while effecting change. 

Thursday and Friday, June 13 – 14: Harvard Climate Action Week @ The Studio 

Join the Salata Institute Live, all day Thursday June 13 and Friday June 14 from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education’s Brattle Square Studio. Hear from Harvard University fellows, postdocs, graduates, and students on the latest in their work, and to learn about the latest developments in a wide range of climate and sustainability research topics, including:  

  • How Policy Can Scale Private Investment in Climate Finance 
  • Casa do Barú: Preserving Native Vegetation by the Sustainable Harvest of Forest Products 
  • Health and Economic Impacts of Vehicle Type and Energy Choices for Cities: A Case Study of Japan’s Top Ten Cities 
  • High-Temperature Microbial Electrolysis 
  • Resilient Roots: Empowering Smallholder Farmers Against Climate Change 

And much more. Explore all Studio sessions here