The last step of the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) took place in Los Angeles on November 14th, 2014. FACTS Los Angeles was organized by the Office for Science and Technology, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), through the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC).
Around 250 attendees came to the two-hour conference on the UCLA campus. The event was also live streamed, and it is still possible to watch the conference at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VAoOFRJcW8.
Five panelists were able to discuss climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas:
- Alex Hall, professor at UCLA;
- Pam O’Connor, Mayor of the city of Santa Monica;
- Valérie Masson-Delmotte, paleoclimatologist;
- Corinne Lepage, president of the political party Cap21;
- Daniel Zimmer, innovation expert.
Discussion was highly interesting, thanks to the exchanges among panelists, but also thanks to the questions asked by the audience. Several topics were covered: necessity for cities to act quickly in regard to climate risks; implementation of sustainable policies; cooperation involving all stakeholders; crucial role of innovation and new technologies.
FACTS Los Angeles was aiming at raising awareness about climate change issues, in order to prepare for the global climate conference (COP21) that will take place in Paris in December 2015.
— Clément Métivier
Article published in the Daily Bruin, the official newspaper of the University of California, Los Angeles: http://dailybruin.com/2014/11/17/panelists-speak-at-facts-conference-discuss-climate-change-issues/