Kalorama Conversation on Climate Change and Energy
On October 25, Ambassador of France to the United States Gérard Araud joined David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media, to host the second session of the Kalorama Conversations series, which was launched by the French Embassy in partnership with The Atlantic this summer. In keeping with the French Residence’s role in Washington as a space not only for social gatherings, but also for lively debate, the Kalorama Conversations series seeks to foster discussion on some of today’s most pressing global issues among guests working in a wide variety of sectors.
- Ambassador Araud gives welcoming remarks
For this edition of Kalorama Conversations, the theme was Climate Change and Energy, a particularly relevant topic of discussion for both French and American representatives given the upcoming COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. Senior officials from the government, think tanks, media outlets, non-profits, academic institutions and major corporations attended the event—guests included Steve Clemons, Editor at large of The Atlantic; Senators John Barasso (Wyoming), Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and Joe Manchin (West Virginia); as well as U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who was the special guest for the night.
- David Bradley, Chaimain of the Atlantic Media, speaks to guests
During the event, participants discussed expectations for COP21, most notably the long-term commitments that must be made by all stakeholders, which include cities, businesses and civil society organizations. Speakers and guests were particularly interested in the potential for business, science, innovation and creativity to maintain economic competitiveness and reduce the impacts of climate change. They also emphasized the importance of finding new financial tools to meet the needs of developing countries.