Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Climate Reparations - What Is Owed

Portait photos of Jeffrey Sachs, Lisa Dale, Paul Beckwith and Regina Valdez
Jeff, Lisa, Paul and Regina

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November 10, 2022 @ 4:30 PM EET (UTC+2)


The world’s industrialized countries gained their wealth through the burning of fossil fuels, which has heated the world to 1.2°C above preindustrial levels, letting loose a tsunami of climate impacts. These impacts are felt by those nations that have contributed the least to warming the planet. Wealthy countries committed to financially assisting the nations they have put in danger have failed to meet their commitments they promised just last year in Glasgow.

A report from the UN Environment Program estimates countries in the global north need to give 10 times more than prior commitments, 200 billion a year, and by 2030, 300 billion a year. Absent this, countries in the global south will face untold suffering in the form of continued climate catastrophes, climate migration, starvation, and death.

With the world set to warm 2 to 3°C in the next 80 years, we aim to discuss climate, reparations, what is owed, and to whom?


Jeffrey D. Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Chair of the Lancet COVID19 Commission, Co-Chair of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition, Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican, and Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Honorary Distinguished Professor at Sunway University. He has been Special Advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres. His most recent book is The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020).

Dr. Lisa Dale
Lisa Dale is the Co-Director of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. With a background in political science, her courses include: Environmental Policy & Governance; Challenges of Sustainable Development; Public Lands in the American West; Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience; Science Communications; and Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainable Development. Her research on environmental policy focuses on climate change adaptation in two distinct landscapes: rural agricultural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and federally managed public lands across the American West.

Paul Beckwith
Paul is a Climate System Scientist who has taught at the University of Ottawa in the Laboratory for Paleoclimatology, as well as at Carleton University. Paul is a well-known climate educator on YouTube with over 1,000 videos pertaining to climate science.

Regina Valdez
Regina is a Climate Reality Program Director, Leader and Mentor based in New York city. She is also a GreenFaith Fellow and a LEED Green Associate.

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