ASP CEO Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret) appeared in the panel, “Climate conversation: National security and climate change” at the Climate Week NYC on September 22, 2014. Moderated by Kathleen Frangione, the panel discussed how militaries around the world are preparing for the threats posed by climate change. Senior policymakers and retired military discussed the threat and why action is needed now.
General Cheney pointed out:
Climate change is not a problem that the military can solve; only a global commitment to reduce emissions will solve this problem. Until then, military planners will be forced to deal with ever-worsening consequences. Policymakers must rise to the challenge.
General Cheney was joined by Rear Admiral Neil Morissetti (ret.) from the United Kingdom, former Commander of the United Kingdom Maritime Forces, now Director of Strategy at University College London’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Department; and by, Major General Muniruzzaman (ret.) of Bangladesh, former head of Bangladesh’s artillery forces, now President of the Bangladesh Institute for Peace and Security Studies.
Secretary of State John Kerry also delivered the Keynote address at the Climate Week NYC.
Be sure also to read the Opening day report.
Climate Week NYC, convened by The Climate Group, is a key international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on low carbon leadership, through a week filled with events, activities and high-profile meetings.