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The Global Challenge of Climate Change and The Role of China

April 20, 2020

Event canceled due to COVID-19

The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas.

Climate change is a global challenge that surpasses borders, impacts our entire world and affects every country. With changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and higher rates of extreme weather events, climate change continues to disrupt lives and communities, as well as negatively impact economies. As we celebrate Earth Day this year, join the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Barbara Finamore, Senior Strategist at the Natural Resource Defense Council, for a discussion of the challenges that climate change poses internationally and the ability of great world powers to face these challenges. In particular, can China’s climate turnaround and transition to clean energy move the global community forward in the fight against climate change?


Barbara Finamore is a Senior Strategist in the Asia Program at the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Finamore has nearly four decades of experience in environmental law and energy policy. In 1996, she founded NRDC’s China Program. Finamore recently wrote the book Will China Save the Planet? on China’s role in combatting climate change.






5:30 PM Reception

6:00 PM Program begins

6:45 PM Q&A

7:15 PM Program concludes

Admission: Non-Members $25; Members $15; Students $5

Location: The Union Club, Wedgwood Room. 1211 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.


Parking at the Union Club is $10 (cash only) for valet service. Additional parking options include other lots in the downtown area and street parking, if parking restrictions are not in place. Car services, such as Uber and Lyft, are always an option. CCWA also encourages walking, biking, or public transportation, including the RTA.


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