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Event: Security & Climate: Issues and Perspectives for the Pacific Coast

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The Center for Climate and Security, with support from The San Diego Foundation and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, is hosting a high-level event ‘Security & Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives for the Pacific Coast’ in San Diego, California on Tuesday, February 21. Confirmed speakers include: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R), Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA), Rear Admiral Yancy B. Lindsey, Commander, Navy Region Southwest, General Ron Keys, U.S. Air Force (ret), Ambassador Reno Harnish, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The full agenda is below.

The US is a Pacific nation. The Asia-Pacific is one of the most disaster prone and climate vulnerable regions of world with a rapidly-growing population. It’s the most militarized part of the globe, and home to both rising powers and failed states – including states with nuclear capabilities. And it’s also home to some of the U.S.’s closest allies. The US military hosts numerous coastal installations across the region (including on the West Coast of the U.S.), and the U.S. is slowly but surely “rebalancing” towards this critical region. Considering this reality, addressing climate change risks in the Asia-Pacific should be a key element of U.S. national security and foreign policy, not least as that response presents significant opportunities for the United States, both at home and abroad. We are at a critical moment in time when we must decide whether or not we will lead in addressing the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. This conference aims to start answering that question.

The event is the West Coast complement to the first annual Climate and National Security Forum held in Washington DC in September 2016, and will be held in partnership with Clean Tech San Diego and Climate Education Partners

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 8:30am – 3:15pm

Where: Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, 2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. Parking is available adjacent to the museum; early arrival is recommended.

To RSVP, please reply to events @, or register via Eventbrite.


Security & Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives for the Pacific Coast

San Diego, California
The Veterans Museum, Balboa Park
February 21, 2017

08:30 –09:00   Registration & Coffee

 09:00 – 09:10  Opening Remarks

Representative(s) Skoll Global Threats Fund/San Diego Foundation/The Center for Climate and Security

 09:10 – 09:20  Screening:

Clips from ‘The Age of Consequences’ Feature-length documentary on climate change and security

 09:20 – 10:30  First Session:

Preparing for a Climate Changed Future: Addressing Strategic Climate Risks Regionally and Globally

Congressman Scott Peters, United States House of Representatives

Mr. Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego

General Ron Keys (US Air Force – Ret.), United States Air Force; Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security

Ambassador Reno Harnish, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Center for Environment and National Security

10:30 – 10:45  Coffee break

10:45 – 12:00  Second Session:

Resilience for Pacific-Facing Military Installations and Communities

Rear Admiral Yancy B. Lindsey, Commander, Navy Region Southwest

Commander David ‘Deke’ Slayton (US Navy – Ret.), United States Navy; Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security

Brigadier General Kevin J. Killea (TBC), Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Representative (TBC), Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Laura Engeman, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

 12:00 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 14:00  Third Session:

Breakout Discussions

– Climate Security Risks in Asia-Pacific
– Strengthening Coastal Communities and Military Installations
– Addressing Global Climate Risks at the State and Local Level

14:00 – 15:00  Fourth Session:

Shaping Federal, Regional and Local Responses To Climate Risk and Resilience Opportunities

 Michael McCormick, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Rick Azer, Black and Veatch

 Joe Stuyvesant (TBC), Executive Director, Navy Region Southwest; DoD Representative, SANDAG Board of Directors

Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy – Ret.) (TBC), Center for Sustainable Energy

 15:00 – 15:10  Closing Remarks

Representative(s), Skoll Global Threats Fund/San Diego Foundation/The Center for Climate and Security

 16:30-18:00 Screening of The Age of Consequences.

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