(WASHINGTON DC) Valerie Davis, Millie Salinas and I were honored to attend a U.S. State Department reception at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in honor of the 17 delegates of Major Economies Forum on Climate and Energy. A highlight was briefly meeting Senator John Kerry. He spoke about his long fight against global warming, going back to the Rio conference and the Kyoto Protocol.
We spoke with delegates from Mexico, Britain and Korea as well as staff from several Hill staffers. The buzz in the room was that China had delivered to President Obama (& other countries) that day some very significant announcements about their climate change commitments. Haven’t read any details yet.
A summary of what we learned at the event by Valerie Davis, “Senator Kerry: Climate, Energy Challenges Spell Opportunity,” was published April 30 on EnvironmentalLeader.com
We were also able to meet Todd Stern, US Climate Envoy, right after he spoke. It was a quick exchange, but he was pleased to know we had been to the UN Climate Change conferences in Bali and Poznan, and he appreciated our work in advocating for action on climate change.