“Today we’re facing a crisis and an opportunity of a magnitude unknown in recent human history,” said University of Washington Provost Mark Richards in his opening remarks as moderator for a panel discussion on climate change and national security to a sold-out audience gathered at the UW HUB South Ballroom. “The UW is particularly pleased to host this forum because we like to engage our students in learning, our young people who are going to be the leaders of the future … of whom we are handing this problem of enormous magnitude.”
Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Jackson School, welcomed the audience. “We in the Jackson School are committed to educating our students so they can become globally minded and well-informed citizens. So we create opportunities such as this one, and see it as our duty to remain engaged with our community, where we discuss important issues of our time, from multiple perspectives. This panel is a perfect example of what we see as one of our core missions.”
“It is entirely appropriate that the first event the American Security Project hosts in Washington state is here under the auspices of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies,” added Matthew Bergman, a board member of the D.C.-based policy research group, in giving an overview of the event. He noted the American Security Project was founded by two senators, one Democrat and the other Republican, and “this is what ‘Scoop’ Henry M. Jackson devoted his entire life to promoting …”
The panelists included Governor Jay Inslee and three American Security Project speakers: Admiral William Fallon, United States Navy (Ret); Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, United States Marine Corps (Ret); and Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
Additional media coverage as below:
Gutman, David. “Inslee calls climate change ‘clear and present danger’, likening the effects to a terrorist threat.” Seattle Times. March 6, 2019.
Newman, Thomas. “Gov. Jay Inslee headlines panel on climate change and national security.” The Daily of the University of Washington. March 7, 2019.
Xinhua: “Washington governor warns of global climate change to national security” March 7, 2019.
Co-sponsors of the event included the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, UW College of the Environment and World Affairs Council Seattle, with additional support from the Center for Global Studies and the Arctic in International Relations program at the UW.