The Time is Now: Deciding Our Climate Future

April 18


The NYU School of Global Public Health is pleased to present its inaugural William N. Rom, MD, MPH Lecture on Environmental Justice

In advance of Earth Day (April 22), a new report has just been released by the United Nations examining the dire need to further cut emissions and reduce global temperatures. 

Join Congresswoman Grace Meng as she further explores these findings and discusses measures that must be adopted to safeguard the planet. Following her address, Professor Bill Rom, an expert in Climate Change and Global Public Health and Environmental Health in a Global World will be joined in conversation with Dr. Sonali McDermid, climate scientist, modeler, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU’s College of Arts & Science. 

According to the New York Times, “nations’ current pledges to curb greenhouse-gas emissions most likely will not stop global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, within the next few decades. And that’s assuming countries follow through. If they don’t, even more warming is in store.”

As emphasized in this third installment is the UN report series, nations must:

  • Balance the need for economic growth, income and energy efficiency;
  • Identify and implement solutions to address the significant challenges to ensure clean energy is more affordable;
  • Engage all sectors of society to better understand that unless all nations act quickly, global warming will continue to grow even more dire.