Sustainable Living Seminar - Climatology Meets Foreign Policy


Wednesday, May 10, 2017             Filippelli_high_res_head_shot
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032



Climatology Meets Foreign Policy:  One Hoosier’s Perspective on International Climate Action in the State Department

IUPUI climate scientist, Gabe Filippelli spent the 2013-14 academic year in Washington, DC as a Jefferson Science Fellow, where he served as a Senior Science Advisor at the State Department, working at the intersection of science and foreign policy.  Serving in the Department’s Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Filippelli had an unusual first-hand perspective on the creation of policy on global environmental issues, climate change, and international science cooperation.  He worked on a number of climate policy issues for the State Department, including drafting the first unequivocal statement from the U.S. on the severity of climate change in the Antarctic region and the need to develop monitoring systems to understand environmental vulnerabilities, as well as the first legally-binding agreement for science cooperation among Arctic nations.

Dr. Filippeli's blog on Houston and Hurrican Harvey

Dori Chandler, Indianapolis Coordinator of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, will also be talking about the similarities and differences between the Carbon Dividends plan presented by conservative leaders in congress to the Trump administration and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby Carbon Fee and Dividend plan.  Read about a revenue-neutral carbon tax and dividend plan presented by former Secretary of StateJames Baker and other prominent Republicans -




  • Dr. Gabe Filippelli said that realistically we are probably already committed to 2 degrees and significant climate impacts.  He also said that based on the level of international cooperation he saw during his tenure at the State Department in 2013-14, he's optimistic the world will come together to act.  However, he did not comment on how international cooperation may change under the Trump administration.
  • Dori Chandler from Citizen's Climate Lobby described their Carbon Fee & Dividend program which aims to put a price on carbon in a revenue neutral other words, you get a refund, the government doesn't keep it.  Republican leaders recently introduced their version, similar yet with significant differences. Even though the Republican version is weaker, it's a step in the right direction! Also there is a bipartisan caucus emerging in the House! Under the current administration, the Climate Solutions Caucus and the Republican Carbon Fee & Dividend plan are our best hope for acting on climate change.