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Climate change (and the new economies required to fight it) hit some groups and regions harder than others—what policies and politics might defuse tension and let progress accelerate? If global warming has one iron law, it’s: those who did the least to cause it suffering first and most. Around the world people in front-line communities—those who live next to refineries, or inhabit low-lying islands, or sinking neighborhoods, those whose reservations are crisscrossed by pipelines, those whose land is salted by the rising sea—are taking the lead in this fight. What should happen? Climate reparations? From whom? How can a burden created over centuries by the wealthy countries be resolved? And how do we make sure that the transition to a clean energy future doesn’t disadvantage the same people that paid the price for the old system? Coal miners were badly exploited, for instance; ‘black lung’ killed many of them, and unsafe conditions took the lives of thousands of others. But now they’re out of work, with entire communities drained of jobs. How do we make sure that a ‘just transition’ is more than just words?

With Mustafa Santiago Ali, Malcom Ferdinand, and Marie Toussaint. Moderated by Bill McKibben. 

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Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.  He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world. 

Mustafa Santiago Ali is a co-host of Hip Hop Caucus’ “Think 100% – The Coolest Show on Climate Change” and former Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. Ali is renowned as a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator specializing in social justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities. He has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice. Ali previously worked at the EPA where he served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Ali joined the National Wildlife Federation as Vice President in February 2019. 

Malcom Ferdinand is a political scientist and philosopher specialized in world ecological issues with a focus on the global south and the Caribbean region. He is a researcher at the National Scientific Research Center of France (CNRS) and the author of the book Une écologie décoloniale, penser l’écologie depuis le monde caribéen (A decolonial ecology, ecology from the Caribbean world).

Marie Toussaint is a French jurist and environmental activist elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019. She is the co-founder of the NGO “Notre Affaire à tous” which defends a right to climate justice, and is the initiator and one of the architects of the climate justice campaign “L’Affaire du siècle” which is suing the state for its inaction in the fight against global warming, which  collected 2 million signatures in less than a week.

This event is part of Festival Albertine 2019, curated by Bill McKibben. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Festival Albertine is presented in partnership with The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, the family of Susannah Hunnewell, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France, Institut français, Chantecaille, Green Mountain Energy, Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, and the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Generous support is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Champagne Pommery, InterContinental New York Barclay, Simply Gourmand, Sud de France, and Gérard Bertrand. 

Media partner: New York Review of Books.