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Wirth Offers Climate Perspective

At Schiller Institute event, BC Law professor provides legal view of incentives to adopt green policies.

BC Law Professor David Wirth 

In anticipation of an upcoming United Nations conference on climate change, Boston College’s Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society hosted a panel of BC professors to discuss the topics that will likely be top-of-mind for attendees at the international event.

The Schiller panel on October 19 was moderated by The New York Times’ international climate reporter Somini Sengupta. BC Law Professor David Wirth was among the scholars to speak.

Wirth, whose research interest is particularly concerned with international environmental law and the intersection of science and trade policy, provided the legal perspective on global efforts to incentivize adoption of green policies and technologies, according to a report in Boston College’s newspaper.

“We have a series of subsidies and incentives that are designed to shift the economy in the direction of green energy—in the direction of installation of electric vehicle charging stations and a whole variety of small interventions that collectively will transform society,” Wirth said.

Each year, the United Nations hosts the climate conference, popularly known as the Conference of the Parties (COP). Boston College is an official Observer Organization of the conference, and it plans to send a delegation to COP27, set to take place in November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Read more about the panel and the efforts to curb climate change, in BC’s The Heights.