San Francisco ISA 2018 Roundtable: Climate Change and the Power to Act

Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:45 PM to 3:30 PM

This event takes place in San Francisco as part of the annual ISA Conference.

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco in fog. Photo Credit: Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons

The editors of the Council's journal, Ethics & International Affairs, are pleased to announce that the journal has organized a roundtable for the 2018 International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention in San Francisco.

Please refer to this page on the EIA website for all details and materials related to the panel. The page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

Climate Change and the Power to Act:  An Ethical Approach for Practical Progress

Date & time: Thursday, April 5, 1:45–3:30pm

Room: Union Square 2, Hilton Hotel, San Francisco

ISA Program Code: TC49 (full ISA schedule here)

Janos Pasztor (Carnegie Council)

Robyn Eckersley (Univeristy of Melbourne)

Ronald Jumeau (Seychelles Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States)

Darrel Moellendorf (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Suma Peesapati (Communities for a Better Environment)


Climate change has become one of humanity's most pressing issues. The challenge is not only environmental and scientific, but more fundamentally is about the way we organize the way we live, consume, and produce.  In other words, climate change is fundamentally an issue of economics and of sustainable development. However, the challenge of climate change is also inherently ethical, involving questions of equity, justice, and fairness. Moreover, the scope of the issue dictates that mitigation, adaptation, and carbon removal efforts must be undertaken on a global scale, yet political realities pose a challenge for international collaboration and coordination. Those most affected by climate change are often the most powerless, and those with power often refuse to take meaningful action.

The broad goal of this roundtable is to foster discussion around how to advance ethical leadership on climate justice globally, nationally, and locally in the years ahead. Central to this challenge is understanding at each of these levels who has the power to act, and in what capacity.


Hilton Hotel, San Francisco