Join us for a community forum with Manchester resident and Climate Change expert Edward Cameron.
As everyone knows President Trump recently decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Join us for an overview of what the Agreement is, how it was built, what US withdrawal means, and where we go from here.
Edward Cameron was one of the architects of the Paris agreement having worked on climate change for 20 years for the European Union, the government of the Maldives, the World Bank, the World Resources Institute and more recently as Managing Director of a global non-profit that brought the voice of progressive business to Paris. Cameron helped to write a number of the articles that appear in the Paris Agreement. Recently he was the only non-governmental and non-ministerial participant at a dinner in Berlin for 20 ministers from Europe, North America, and emerging economies as they privately discussed their collective response to President Trump’s decision. Cameron was invited to address the group and provide them with his assessment and suggestions for their engagement.
According to Cameron, climate change is often thought of as an environmental issue but fundamentally it is about human beings, their jobs, health, livelihoods, homes and human rights. Cameron will speak about how climate change undermines the realization of human rights, how strengthening human rights can make people resilient in the face of climate risk, and what practical steps we can take to build low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive economies.
More About Edward Cameron
Edward Cameron is a specialist in climate change and human rights. He leads BSR’s (Business for Social Responsibility) climate change practice with a focus on driving greenhouse gas emissions reductions and enhancing business and societal resilience.
He further serves as policy director for the We Mean Business coalition, which BSR cofounded in 2014 to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. This work has facilitated the positive engagement of the private sector in shaping global climate policy and helped forge the historic Paris climate agreement adopted by 196 governments in December 2015.
Previously, Edward was director of the International Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute, leading work on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. At the World Bank, Edward designed a training program on vulnerability and resilience for more than 10,000 development practitioners. As senior advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, he launched the first state-led initiative on climate change and human rights. And during nine years in Brussels, he worked with EU institutions on environmental policy, innovation, and sustainable cities.
Cameron recently relocated from Manhattan to Manchester and now works remotely designing a new organization to influence the changed political landscape in Washington. Aside from his work on the Paris Agreement Cameron also posesses a PhD in Social Sciences, Economics, and Business from Åbo Akademi University; an M.A. in European Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; and a B.A. in Political Science and History from University College Dublin.