Intergenerational Justice Program: Session on Climate Crisis
Aspen Institute España, in collaboration with Fundación Iberdrola España, celebrated the second session of the Intergenerational Justice Program with a debate on Climate Crisis. This session brought together around 25 participants from very heterogeneous professional sectors and very diverse ages.
Carlos Sallé, Director of Energy Policies and Climate Change of the Iberdrola Group, was the rapporteur of the session and Beatriz Escriña, Global Communication Director of the City Cance Challenge Foundation, the moderator.
The objective of this second debate is to raise, debate and share among the participants how we collectively face environmental challenges or the risk of depletion of natural resources. What initiatives and policies could be carried out to reverse, or at least slow down, climate change and to carry out a transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable economic system, which does not mean a brake on our collective progress.
One of the biggest challenges we globally face is the need to stop and reverse global warming. We are beginning to see its consequences, and they are expected to be much greater in the following years if we are unable to prevent it. Sea level rise, the quality of the air we breathe, the massive migrations of climate refugees or the transmission of infectious diseases are just some examples of the impact that climate change can have on current generations, but mainly in the next.
Biography of the rapporteur
Carlos Sallé, industrial engineer, electrical specialty, from the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Carlos is the director of Energy Policies and Climate Change of the Iberdrola Group, reporting directly to the President. He is the president of the Energy Commission of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the founders, a decade ago, of the NGO Energía Sin Fronteras, specialized in electrification and water projects in low-income regions. He is a member of the Business Advisory Board of the Center for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) of UNECE (United Nations).
Biography of the moderator
Beatriz Escriña, Global Communications Director of City Cancer Challenge Foundation. Beatriz is a communication professional with more than twelve years of experience in corporate communication and public affairs. She has a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Barcelona, a master’s degree in Journalism from the CEU San Pablo University and last year she completed an Executive Program in Digital Transformation at IE Business School. She was named Aspen España Fellow in 2017.
Intergenerational Justice Program
The Program is organized by Aspen Institute España, in collaboration with Fundación Iberdrola and it will take place on November 25th, December 3rd and 10th. In this first edition, the program will bring together recognized and emerging leaders from various sectors of our society. The questions that will backbone the dialogue will be introduced by experts in these matters and moderated to facilitate an enriching conversation for all. In this way, under the Chatham House Rule, the exploration and analysis of these questions will be facilitated through the Socratic method, used in the Aspen Institute España seminars, based on previous readings and questions to guide the discussion.
The purpose of the Aspen Institute España debates is not to reach definitive conclusions or find unique solutions, but rather to foster an exchange of opinions and perspectives from which the ideals, principles and personal relationships that inspire and facilitate a more enlightened leadership in our society can emerge. The climate crisis, the risk of depletion of natural resources, the growth of public debt and the weakening of multilateral institutions force us to ask ourselves again great questions about the future of our societies and the sustainability of our current economic system, both for the current generations as for the next. To address these issues, these debates will be raised from three themes, which in turn are closely related to each other, in order to analyze and understand the complexity of these challenges and address them from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective, integrating voices from different generations.