Past Event

Catherine McKenna - Where Change Comes From: My Time in Politics, the Paris Agreement, and the Future of Climate Action

March 7, 2024
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Forum, Columbia University, 601 West 125th Street, New York

Event Description

Days after being named Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, landed in Paris and quickly found herself at the heart of the effort to secure the landmark agreement. Soon after the real battle would begin at home as she fought to deliver Canada’s first serious climate plan including carbon pricing against fierce opposition. After six years in Cabinet, she left politics and was appointed chair of the UN’s High Level Expert Group on Net Zero tasked with setting out the criteria for real net zero and calling out greenwashing. In this lecture, McKenna will reflect on her time in politics, and what she has learned about making change happen — change she believes the world needs now more than ever.

Event Speaker

Catherine McKenna, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University

Event Information

Open to Columbia University ID holders only; registration required. For more information, please email Justine Herrera at [email protected]

Hosted by the Columbia Climate School