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AESS 2014 Morning Plenary
Thursday, June 12, 2014
 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

The Extraordinary Experience of Building A Global Regulatory Regime That Worked But Is Endangered Today: The Montreal Protocol

Most scholars/citizens think that the ozone layer has been “fixed” or, at least, that the “most successful environmental treaty in history” is set in motion to restore our planetary sunscreen. It’s true that by most yardsticks, the Montreal Protocol has been a remarkable accomplishment. We should know why and how it has been so successful.  However, problematically, ozone layer restoration is NOT a fait accompli; steady progress has even been seriously undermined by vested interests; and, some technological solutions (chemical replacements) have grave implications for accelerated global warming. 

AESS support for the plenary session is intended as a “briefing” and a CALL TO ACTION!  The follow-on-discussion session promises to be solutions-oriented and transformative for our teaching and scholarship at the intersection of ozone layer protection and climate change. The call to action is to re-educate ourselves with up-to-date information and key contemporary issues that will inspire interest as teachers/scholars and as students with career goals in the formulation stage.  

The experts assembled for the Plenary – global leaders who have crafted, managed, and studied ozone-layer protection progress to date—have been invited to present a cogent, face-paced “briefing” on:
o What made the ozone layer treaty work? 
o What were its flaws and gaps?
o What “correctives” are needed now? 
o How do we connect these “correctives” with opportunities to help in the challenge of global warming?
o What does this mean for us as academics and citizens?  
o What opportunities/resources are there for us to make a difference in the Anthropocene?

At the Discussion Symposium that follows the briefing, entitled “The Montreal Protocol at a Crossroads: What Needs Urgent Attention Now and How That Is Connected to Climate Change?,” panelists and audience members will resume in a lively, interactive conversation about specific opportunities for AESS participants to be involved in these global challenges to planetary stewardship. 

Chair:  Nancy Reichman, University of Denver


Marco Gonzalez, Montreal Protocol Secretariat, UNEP, Evaluating a Global Environmental Regime Success

Penelope Canan , University of Central Florida, The World Is Hiring: Careers, Teaching Resources, and Scholarship Opportunities at the Intersection of Anthropocenic Ozone Layer Protection and Climate Change

Stephen O. Andersen, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, Lessons from the Stratospheric Ozone Layer Protection for Climate

Brian J. Gareau, Boston College, A Critical Review of Delayed Methyl Bromide Phase?Out in the Montreal Protocol

Durwood Zaelke,  Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, The Importance of Phasing-down Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs)