PERC hosts a COP-20 Side Event
Lima, Peru: At the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-20) climate change negotiations in December 2014 , PERC sponsored a side event entitled, "What do we actually know about how nations are considering or ignoring ethics and justice in formulating national climate commitments?"
This program summarized the preliminary results of a research project being managed jointly by Widener University School of Law and Auckland University School of Law. This project has engaged the help of 20 researchers in 20 countries to examine to what extent nations have actually considered ethics and justice in formulating their commitments under the UNFCCC. This work is deemed important because there is a widespread belief among many observers to the UNFCCC climate negotiations that unless nations increase their ambition in making climate commitments to levels required of them by justice and equity there is little hope that the international community will be able to prevent catastrophic climate change. At the PERC Lima event presentations were made on what was going on in Australia, China, and the US by researchers in these countries in regard to national recognition of national ethical and justice responsibilities in their latest climate commitments. Among others attending the event were a number of Dickinson students who were in Lima under the leadership of PERC's Immediate Past President Neil Leary, director of Dickinson's Center for Sustainability Education.