Yale Club of Beijing: Event Recap – Climate Talk

On the evening of the 4th of January 2017, a new-year salon focused on the UN Marrakech Climate Conference was held under the sponsor of Oxfam by Yale Club, CYCAN, Greenovation Hub, Yale Beijing Center and Shan Shui Conservation Center at Yale Beijing Center. Six experts and guests were invited including Mr. Li Junfeng, the Director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation; Dr. Jiang Kejun, Research Fellow of Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission; Prof. Teng Fei, Associate Professor of Tsinghua University; Ms. Wang Binbin, Joint initiator China Climate Communication Project Center; Ms. Guo Hongyu, Project Director of Greenovation Hub and Mr. Song Ruiming, The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University/CYCAN, as well as Ms. Shi Xiangying from Shan Shui Conservation Center as the facilitator, and the more than 100 of audience with diverse personal background and ages.

The salon started with the topic of the twenty-second conference of the parties of the UNFCCC, which was held from the 7th to the 19th of November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. During the conference, the parties agreed on the ‘Paris Agreement’ procedural issues, and reiterated the support and implementation of the ‘Paris Agreement’. Except this, any topics that related to climate change have also been mentioned and discussed by the guests during the salon. For instance, issues about low carbon economy, energy transformation and the social problems behind it, south-south cooperation, the role of NGOs and civil powers in the issue of climate change, the role of youngers in the issue of climate change, what the election of Donald Trump would bring to the ‘Paris Agreement’ and the United States and so on. Besides, questions such as the utilization of coal, and the role transformation of China after the ‘Paris Agreement’ have also been asked by the audiences. The salon spent two hours and involved communications and discussions among the six guests and interaction between guests and the audiences.

With the increasing importance of climate change, it has been concerned by more and more people from different ranges of age and different personal background. As mentioned by one of the guests Ms. Wang Binbin: ‘climate change is not only an environmental issue, but also a development issue, which is related to intergenerational justice, gender equality, the protection of people with disabilities, poverty, food security and other issues’. Perhaps, as an increasing number of people begin paying attention to climate change, it is the moment when human beings are determined to save themselves by their actions.