As Earth Month kicks off, experts aim to “bridge divides, share solutions”

Annual Climate Forward conference features former U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Val Demings, former White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.

Next week, Republican former U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Democratic former U.S. Rep. Val Demings will meet at USC to discuss the politics of climate. Their goal: “finding common ground.”

Air quality expert Gina McCarthy, a former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the inaugural White House Climate Advisor, will also search for commonality in climate conversations with Bret Stephens, New York Times opinion columnist and editor-in-chief of the journal Sapir.

The panel discussions are part of Climate Forward Conference 2023 – Bridging Divides, Sharing Solutions, which begins at noon on April 4 at Town and Gown on USC’s University Park Campus. USC President Carol L. Folt and USC Dornsife Dean Amber D. Miller will kick off this signature USC Earth Month event with welcome and introductory remarks.

Moderated by Robert Shrum, director of the Center for the Political Future at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Kinzinger and Demings’ dialogue embodies the center’s mission to “advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges.”

Said Shrum: “We’re in an ‘all hands on deck’ situation with the growing climate crisis, and we’re honored to have Adam and Val join us this year and set an example of bipartisan cooperation.”

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