Story last updated at 11/19/2008 - 4:22 pm
Next week, leaders from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, the European Union and the United States will come together for a meeting convened by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to find new and creative solutions to climate change.
The conference is also being hosted by the governors of Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas. Additionally the governors of Colorado, Michigan, Utah and Washington will have representatives to sign the summit's declaration of action.
As an arctic state on the frontline of feeling the impacts, Alaska will have at least one advocate at this meeting. Kate Troll, a long-time Juneau resident and executive director of the Alaska Conservation Alliance, has been asked to attend this meeting, taking place Nov. 18-19 in California.
The premise of the conference is that by building partnerships and sharing ideas it is possible to both support global economic prosperity and protect natural resources. This strikes a chord with Troll whose organization supports funding and research for renewable energy, efficiency and energy conservation and believes a strong economy and healthy environment go hand in hand. "I view climate change as a series of social and economic opportunities disguised as an environmental challenge," says Troll.
One topic to be discussed that really hits home for most Alaskans is energy, specifically how to satisfy our need for affordable energy while also lowering harmful emissions of carbon dioxide. "With our wealth of renewable energy and world class supplies of natural gas we need to position Alaska as being pivotal to securing a clean energy future," notes Troll.
Specialists from all over the world with experience in government, for-profit and non-profit activities will be on hand to answer questions and brainstorm solutions. The full agenda is available at: http://site.governorsglobalclimatesummit.org/Agenda.html
Alaskans not attending the event but interested in learning more are encouraged to participate by watching the webcast. Broadcasting in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin, citizens from all over the world are expected to tune in at: UCTV.tv/climate.