Opportunities to Raise Public Awareness about Climate Change and the Need for Action

Date of Event: Thursday, March 31

1. Opening Remarks by His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Keynote Address by Professor Jeffrey Sachs

2. Panel 1: Getting the Message Across

3. Panel 2: Thoughts on Aligning Actions to Amplify Message

Event Description

This conference aims to create a productive dialog among New York City metropolitan organizations regarding opportunities to scale up New Yorkers’ responses to climate change and to align communications on the need for urgent action. The sponsors’ intention in organizing this conference is to bring together these local organizations that are concerned about climate change in a half-day session to: (i) discuss the positive efforts underway to mitigate climate change; (ii) discuss the legal, moral and practical imperatives that have driven those efforts; and (iii) consider how to align the different efforts now underway behind unified and effective messaging about the urgent need for action. The conference will identify existing and potential new opportunities for attorneys and the New York City Bar Association to support this public awareness effort.


Keynote: (11:00 AM)
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University

Michael Burger, Executive Director of Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University, Moderator-Panel 1: Getting the Message Across

Bessie Schwarz, Communication Strategist, Yale Project for Climate Change Communications
Miranda Massie, Executive Director and Founder, Climate Museum Launch Project 
Father Samuel Fuller, OFM, Cap., St. Pius X, Middletown, Ct., Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change 
Lisa Benenson, NRDC’s Chief Communications Officer, NRDC Climate Communications

Networking Lunch: (12:45 -1:15 PM)Great Hall

Jeff Gracer, Partner, Sive Paget, Moderator-Panel 2: Thoughts on Aligning Actions to Amplify Message

Peter Boyd, Sr. Advisor & Climate Lead, The B Team; Founder & CEO, Time4Good Group
Nilda Mesa, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, NYC One Plan
Sally Fisk, NYCBA-ELC Member, Sr. Environmental Attorney, Pfizer Inc., Corporate Perspective 
David Fenton, Founder and CEO, Fenton Communications

Kevin Healy, Bryan Cave, LLP)-Overview of Break-out Session Objectives
Allen Zerkin, The Wagner School, New York University

Break-out Sessions- (2:30-4:00 PM)

Kevin Healy, Partner, Bryan Cave, Summary of Working Sessions and Next Steps; (4:15-5:00PM)

Environmental Law Committee, Michael G. Mahoney, Chair
International Environmental Law Committee, Gail Suchman, Chair
International Committee on Human Rights, Anil Kalhan, Chair
Energy Committee, Daniel Rosenblum, Chair
Special Task Force for Climate Change Adaptation Law, Stephen Kass, Chair
Corporate Law Committee, David Silk, Chair
Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, Columbia University, Michael Gerrard, Director
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law 
Environmental Law Institute