One of the first actions Joe Biden took on the first day of his presidency was to return the United States to the Paris Climate Accords. This follows Donald Trump taking the US out of the agreement while in office. What does this move mean for the agreement itself? What actions should the US take to have the greatest immediate impact to address the climate crisis? What next steps should nations take to strengthen global action to address climate change? Doug Becker speaks with Pamela Chasek, Shannon Gibson and Larry Schweiger.

Pamela Chasek is a Professor of Political Science at Manhattan College. She is an expert in international organisations and is the co-author of Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Shannon Gibson is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in global environmental politics and is the author of the forthcoming book “Politics of Global Environment.”

Larry Schweiger is the former President of the National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest conservation organization. He is the author of Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth.



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