The fifth annual Science on the Hill event took place on November 19th, 2021 and brought together policy leaders and scientists to discuss how the U.S. can simultaneously take action against the climate crisis, protect jobs, and grow a strong economy. During the event, researchers identified policies that provide stability and economic fairness for workers who transition from traditional energy jobs. In addition, they highlighted how environmental protection can create high-paying jobs and prevent the tremendous personal losses created by climate-driven disasters such as drought and extreme storms. The event also highlighted climate solutions presented at COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. You can now watch the recording of the event below.
Scientists and policy leaders participated in a panel discussion and a Q&A session moderated by Scientific American's Laura Helmuth and Josh Fischman on the following topics:
Achieving net zero carbon emission goals while creating jobs and a strong economy
Supporting the private sector transition to net zero
Ensuring equity in the clean energy transition
Key takeaways from COP26
Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) discussed realistic policy options.
The event was hosted by Scientific American and Nature Portfolio, both part of Springer Nature, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.