Global Future of the Environment

Global Future of the Environment

September 30, 2016

Climate Change and the Oceans: Challenges Ahead

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a conversation at the “Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit” in Gaston Hall on September 16. The event was parallel to the State Department's “Our Ocean” conference.

Secretary Kerry addressed the global community’s responsibility to preserve and nurture a healthy ocean, inaugurating Georgetown’s semester-long conversation on the environment (event description and video available). A key excerpt from his welcome remarks at the State Department's “Our Ocean” conference is posted below.

Georgetown faculty, students, and scholars around the world offer their responses to Secretary Kerry’s remarks. All are welcome to join the conversation using the commenting feature.



Climate Change and the Oceans: Challenges Ahead

John Kerry | September 30, 2016


Fishermen, Fish, and the Tragedy of the Commons

Paul Sullivan | September 30, 2016


Ocean Degradation as a Source of Conflict

Camille Gaskin-Reyes | September 29, 2016


Our Ocean, One Future, Our Common Home

François Pazisnewende Kaboré | September 29, 2016


A Global Commitment Grounded in Local Stories

Paulus Bambang Irawan | September 29, 2016

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Saving Our Oceans, Saving Ourselves

Randall Amster | September 29, 2016


Everything is Interconnected

René Micallef | September 29, 2016


Understanding our Oceans

Monica Mahal | September 28, 2016

About the Blog

Over the course of 2015 and 2016, the Global Future's Initiative invited the Georgetown University community to address four critical global issues: development, governance, security, and the environment.

During the fall 2016 semester, the Global Futures blog tracked a number of high-level events centered on the future of the environment. A series of lectures were co-sponsored with the Walsh School of Foreign Service, which emphasized the environment as a strategic centennial theme over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Georgetown is home to a number of environment-related centers and programs in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown College, and the Georgetown Law Center. Among these are the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Center for the Environment, Georgetown Climate Center, and the Program on Science in the Public Interest.

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