Permanent Emergency: Gov. Jay Inslee on Fighting Climate Change




Keller Center

Thursday, November 4



Please join the Institute of Politics in person as we welcome Gov. Jay Inslee of the State of Washington. When Gov. Inslee ran for president in 2020, he was known as the “climate change candidate” for his intense focus on environmental policy issues and his pleas for the world to take immediate action to combat the damage done by humans to our planet.


The record temperatures and devastating fires during the summer of 2021 in the Pacific northwest states of the U.S. prompted Gov. Inslee to call this moment the “beginning of a permanent emergency” that requires the world to tackle climate change in earnest.


As policymakers throughout the world descend on Glasgow, Scotland for the UN Climate Change Conference, award-winning energy and climate change journalist Amy Harder, executive editor of Cipher, will moderate the conversation with Gov. Inslee. They will examine what the world must do now to attack climate pollution.




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