The politics of the climate emergency are global. Policymakers, social movement, researchers, and others in the United States currently face a Big Question:
How should US-based Green New Dealers—and other advocates of ambitious climate policy—understand, respond to, and engage with climate politics in other parts of the world?
That question is particularly fraught when it comes to Chinese climate politics, especially in the current moment, where a number of political elites in both of the United States' leading political parties are casting China's economic rise as a fundamental threat to U.S. interests. We worry especially about the prospect of a new Cold War. How can progressive forces in the U.S. counter the bellicose Cold War rhetoric and mobilization, without reflexively defending all that China does? After all, there is a lot to oppose. How can U.S. based climate movements push a more cooperative relationship with Chinese climate politics? What is the best way for U.S. progressives to push China to decarbonize more rapidly—at home, and in its world-spanning infrastructure projects? What would progress look like?
• Tobita Chow, Director, Justice is Global, People’s Action
• Kevin Gallagher, Professor and Director of Global Development Policy Center, Boston University
• Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor and Director of Science, Technology and International Affairs Program, Georgetown
• Tim Sahay, Senior Policy Manager, Green New Deal Network
Moderator: Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, author of Overheated
Host: Daniel Aldana Cohen, Director of (SC)2, Penn