Yale Center Beijing hosts ‘Cooperating for Climate: The View from China’ event

On June 1, 2024 the Yale Center Beijing hosted a panel discussion on international environmental efforts titled ‘Cooperating for Climate: The View from China.’ The event was co-sponsored by Yale’s International Leadership Center (ILC) and Peking University’s Institute of Carbon Neutrality and featured insightful discussions on the transition to net-zero, the power of U.S.-China cooperation, and the importance of grassroots initiatives.

Emma Sky, founding director of the ILC at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs, opened the event with a call for global cooperation to tackle the complex challenges of climate change. The ensuing panel discussion participants included three Chinese fellows from the ILC’s global network: Jun Ma (a 2004 Yale World Fellow), Binbin Wang (a 2023 Yale World Fellow), and Zhouwei Diao (a 2024 Yale Climate Fellow). They shared personal stories and emphasized the need for transparency, public participation, and multi-stakeholder collaborations to advance environmental goals during their discussion, which was moderated by the ILC’s Yuval Ben David.

Despite geopolitical tensions, the panelists remained optimistic about U.S.-China relations, underscoring the necessity of international cooperation for climate action. The event date, which coincided with the celebration in China of International Children’s Day, delivered a hopeful message for future generations. In her remarks, Sky stated, “Through cooperation and compromise—rather than competition and conflict—we can achieve better outcomes for all.”

To learn more about the event, visit the Yale Center Beijing website.