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Global Climate Change: Loyola University New Orleans Hosts Panel “COP 21: A Turning Point for Global Climate Change”

Loyola press release - November 18, 2015

EU Delegation to the U.S., World Trade Center New Orleans, local partners address importance of reaching a global climate agreement at December conference in Paris

Together with the EU Delegation to the U.S. and World Trade Center New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans hosts a panel this week on the United Nations talks on climate change. The panel will discuss the importance of reaching a global climate agreement at the COP 21 conference in Paris, France, in December. Experts will discuss the potential impact on Louisiana and how the state fits into the global conversation on climate change.

“COP 21: A Turning Point for Global Climate Change” will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Loyola’s newly renovated Monroe Hall on main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register online or visit www.wtcno.org, email ebrierre@wtcno.org or call (504) 529-1601.

Local NPR affiliate WWNO 89.9 FM will broadcast highlights of the event. WWNO coastal desk reporter Tegan Wendland will moderate.

Expert speakers include:

  • Robert Thomas, professor and director of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola;
  • Torbjorn Tornqvist, chair of Tulane University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences;
  • Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana;
  • Jeff Hebert, executive director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; and
  • James W. Pahl, coastal resources scientist senior with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.


The discussion will also address the question: Why is this important to Louisiana? Faced with some of the most challenging issues related to climate change in the United States, the event will address how Louisiana fits into this global conversation and why an agreement in Paris this December is essential for our state.

The COP21 will be one of the largest international environmental conferences in history, uniting more than 45,000 expected participants from 195 countries and the European Union, as well as over 3,000 accredited journalists. The main objective of this conference is to seek a universal agreement that will limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Local event partners include: WWNO, Alliance Francaise, EnergyWise, French American Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Environment Program and the School of Mass Communication at Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and Tulane University.