US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed John Kerry as the first presidential climate envoy.
The climate crisis is an “urgent national security issue”, according to US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.
Biden has given former Secretary of State John Kerry a seat on the National Security Council to drive home his commitment to the environment.
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Kerry has been sharply critical of President Donald Trump’s dismantling of climate policies.
Now, he will join a team that Biden says is “ready to lead the world, not retreat from it”.
Kerry was a leading architect of the 2015 Paris agreement, which Trump took the US out of, but the president-elect has pledged to rejoin as soon as he enters the White House.
How will that affect global ambitions to tackle the crisis?
Presenter: Bernard Smith
Bill McKibben – Schumann distinguished scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the climate campaign group 350.org
Nick Mabey – Chief executive of the climate change think-tank E3G
Michael Dorsey – Co-founder of the Sunrise Movement and former EPA National Advisory Committee member during the Obama administration