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November 6-18, 2022

Thousands of global leaders, diplomats, scientists, and activists gathered in Egypt for the 27th UN climate Change Conference of Parties (known informally as COP27), the world's largest annual gathering on climate action. A delegation of Stanford faculty, staff, and students  participated in COP27 as unofficial observers, volunteers, and speakers, sharing their expertise on topics ranging from adaptation to wildfires and public health to the role of blue foods in the global food chain. 

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability at COP27

COP27 emphasized food systems and emissions amidst a global food crisis and ongoing deforestation related to agriculture. In response, Stanford joined with Cornell University and Princeton to organize an official side event highlighting the role cutting-edge research and solutions can play in decarbonizing the food and agricultural systems.

Inaugural Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Dean Arun Majumdar spoke on the role of universities in bringing solutions to scale, later joining Stanford climate scientist Chris Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and Research Scholar Bodie Cabiyo in Stanford's exhibit at the event.

Read the recap and watch the video from our side event


Events

Stanford has collaborated with academic, NGO, and government colleagues to offer several side events within the COP27 blue zone for credentialed delegates. See below for links to livestreams and recorded talks.

Wildland Fires: Planetary and Public Health Solutions

Stanford Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research Kari Nadeau moderated a Nov. 10 panel of experts, including Chris Field, Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, discussing the planetary and public health risks of wildland fires.  The session focused on solutions-facing topics with policy-oriented outcomes with a global perspective and emphasized low- and middle-income countries.

2022 GCP Carbon Budget, Scaling Solutions, and the Role of Agriculture

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Stanford, Cornell, and Princeton co-hosted a Nov. 11 side event exploring the 2022 carbon budget from the Global Carbon Project. Arun Majumdar, the inaugural dean of the new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, presented a keynote on Stanford’s approach to accelerating the delivery of solutions at scale, followed by a panel discussion on “Climate and Agriculture: Challenges and Solutions." 

How blue food communities can survive and thrive in the climate emergency

Blue, aquatic foods and the benefits they provide to billions of people around the world are threatened by climate change, especially in countries where significant sustainable development challenges persist. On Nov. 16 Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Research Scientist Michelle Tigchelaar provided an overview of the various ways in which climate change threatens blue food systems and present the pillars of the blue prosperity framework.

Additional Stanford speakers

Beyond our sponsored events, Stanford scholars spoke at several events organized by other organizations presenting at COP27.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 
Global Leadership on Blue Carbon: Keys to Success 
Sponsored by Conservation International, IOC-UNESCO, IUCN, the Blue Carbon Initiative and the International Partnership for Blue Carbon. At this event highlighting blue carbon leadership and initiatives globally, Center for Ocean Solutions researcher Josheena Naggea shared about her work on blue carbon ecosystems, including the partnerships, leadership, and policy needed for implementing solutions. For more events featuring researchers from the Center for Ocean Solutions, see Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions at COP 27.  

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Thursday, November 10, 2022 
Climate Adaptation Panel hosted by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation | Watch Recording
Landreth Visiting Scholar Felicia Marcus joined Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Director Daniel Taillant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, the environment ministers of Canada and Mexico, and a Canadian First Nations representative to discuss climate adaptation and the CEC’s work.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022 
Emerging Leaders in Ocean Policy and Science in SIDS
Drawing on their experiences in indigenous policy and resource management, marine science, emergent technology, sustainable energy, and carbon markets, a diverse set of recognized SIDS youth leaders and ocean scientists discussed adaptable policy and science frameworks for global implementation. Rayne Sullivan, Climate AI Fellow at Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), moderated. 

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Friday, November 11, 2022 
Scaling practical solutions to accelerate industrial decarbonization by 2030
This session communicated the action that is needed throughout integrated value chains in the next 1-3 years to meet the milestones outlined in the 2030 Industry Breakthroughs, holding leaders to account for the promises they made in Glasgow at COP26 and spotlighting industries that are making real economy progress on these promises. Rayne Sullivan, Climate AI Fellow at Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), delivered closing remarks. 

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Friday, November 11, 2022 
Emerging Innovations for Ocean and Climate
This session explored the innovative and impactful movements and projects led by youth at the forefront of mitigating climate change and conserving our ocean. Rayne Sullivan, Climate AI Fellow at Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), moderated and spoke.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022 
U.S. Leadership on Water Reuse Panel hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce/American Chamber Egypt
Landreth Visiting Scholar Felicia Marcus discussed the rise in water recycling - a key climate adaptation strategy -- in California and across the United States, covering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s Water Recycling Action Plan. Other panelists included the VP for Global Environmental Policy at PepsiCo, an SVP of Veolia, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce VP for Environment and Sustainability.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022 
Bright Spots: Fostering Island-led Local Action into Global Coalitions - Spotlight on Climate Adaptation
This event highlighted many locally-led grassroots solutions being implemented in islands that contribute to climate adaptation benefits and showcased how they connect to biodiversity conservation through the application of nature-based solutions. Center for Ocean Solutions researcher Josheena Naggea shared how her home nation of Mauritius is supporting small-scale fisheries for long-term sustainability. For more events featuring researchers from the Center for Ocean Solutions, see Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions at COP 27

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Monday, November 14, 2022 
Embrace sustainable water use and aquatic blue food diversity for climate-smart food systems
Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) scholar Michelle Tigchelaar co-organized a day of sessions celebrating the importance of diverse blue food systems for climate action at the first-ever Food Systems Pavilion. This event was part of a series of side events that also include COS researcher Josheena Naggea - see details.

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Stanford exhibit at COP27

Thanks to all who came to see us in the Blue Zone. Visit our Flickr page to see more photos.

Visitors to Stanford's exhibit at COP27

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Media contacts

For assistance in reaching experts, please email sustainability_media@stanford.edu.

See our COP27 Tip Sheet, which notes scholars who attended the conference as part of Stanford’s 2022 observer delegation. For help in reaching experts email christineblack@stanford.edu.

 

Stanford Attendees

Faculty

Dr. Arun Majumdar

Dean, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Jay Precourt Professor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, of Energy Science & Engineering, of Photon Science, by courtesy, of Materials Sci & Eng and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at Hoover
Chris Field

Melvin and Joan Lane Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Director, Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor of Earth System Science, of Biology and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and at Woods
Kari Nadeau

Naddisy Foundation Professor of Pediatric Food Allergy, Immunology and Asthma, Professor of Medicine, of Pediatrics, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute and Professor, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology and of Epidemiology & Population Health

Other Scholars 

  • Bodie Cabiyo, Research Scientist, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Felicia Marcus, Landreth Visiting Fellow, Stanford Program on Water in the West
  • Ian Monroe, Lecturer/Affiliate, Earth Systems Program
  • Josheena Naggea,  André Hoffmann Ocean Innovation Fellow, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions
  • Rayne Sullivan, J.D. Candidate 2023; Climate AI Fellow, Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
  • Michelle Tigchelaar, Research Scientist, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions
  • Jayson Toweh, Ph.D. student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Jill Grey Ferguson, Ph.D. student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Henna HundalTeaching Assistant, EMED 134/234: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health


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