Chelsea Clinton, a special correspondent for NBC News, will moderate a public forum on “Climate Change, Sandy, and the Future of New York City,” on Wednesday, December 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at New York University’s Global Center Concourse (238 Thompson Street, Room 95 [between Washington Square South and West 3rd Street]).
The event, sponsored by NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required by calling 212.992.9562 or at: http://bit.ly/U7E8Ow. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).
Reporters interested in attending must contact James Devitt, NYU’s deputy director for media relations, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few weeks ago, New York City--along with a long swath of North America's Atlantic coast and several Caribbean islands--was battered by Superstorm Sandy, a weather system that caused unprecedented damage to hundreds of communities. The public forum will encourage participants to think broadly about this storm, climate change, and the City of New York. How do we prepare for a future with more frequent and violent storms? What are the roles for government agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in emergency preparedness? What are the public health implications--both long-term and short? Does New York need a massive design intervention, or some new housing codes? When we rebuild, where should we rebuild--and how?
The event’s panelists include: Heidi Cullen, chief climatologist for Climate Central, a non-profit science journalism organization; Klaus Jacob, a special research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and an adjunct professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs; NYU Philosophy Professor Dale Jamieson, who directs NYU’s Environmental Studies Program; and NYU Sociology Professor Eric Klinenberg, director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and author of “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago”.