Should the US leave the Paris Climate Agreement?

President Donald Trump signs climate executive order

Date & time

6–7pm 24 May 2017


Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research (#131), 131 Garran Road, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601


 Clare de Castella

The White House has announced that the US will make a decision on whether to quit the Paris Climate Agreement in the near future.

Currently Trump’s aides are split between those who support a withdrawal and those who think the US should keep a seat at the table.

Should the US remain with a reluctant administration or make a clean break and leave those who are committed to the Agreement?

Two experts will discuss their views on which outcome would be better for the world, with some 'Hardtalk' questions followed by audience Q&A and drinks and light refreshments.

About the speakers

Dr Luke Kemp is lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy and Fenner School of Environment and Society, and a Senior Economist with Vivid Economics. Luke specialises in international climate and environmental policy. His previous research has covered a range of topics, including decision-making in international agreements and how to ‘US-proof’ climate governance

Dr Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canberra, based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He is currently researching democracy in global environmental politics, focusing on UN negotiations on climate change and biodiversity. He received his PhD in philosophy from ANU in 2014, and has taught climate and environmental policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Interviewed by Professor Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute

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