Anyone interested in climate change or national security — or both — is invited to the “Jackson Hole Global Forum: Climate Change and National Security.”

The Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs will host the free online event starting at 9 a.m. Thursday and running throughout the day.

The event aims “to expand public awareness and to strengthen the will to respond” to climate change, said Nathan Wendt, president of the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs.

In partnership with the nonpartisan Washington, D.C., Center for Climate and Security and science startup investment group Prime Movers Lab, Thursday’s forum will bring together U.S. and global military leaders, security professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policy leaders and citizens to advance understanding and action needed to respond to the security implications of climate change.

Key speakers will include U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, co-founder of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus and a member of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis; Teton Village resident Kit DesLauriers, a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who was the first person to ski Mount Everest and the first to ski all Seven Summits; and venture capitalist Chris Sacca, managing director of Lowercarbon Capital and a “Shark Tank” judge.

Local people who will speak include Jackson Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson, Teton County Commissioner Mark Newcomb and Energy Conservation Works director Phil Cameron.

“Whether it’s policy, business or, you know, world-class adventurers,” Wendt said, “we’ve got a diverse lineup of speakers.”

Cameron said focus of the forum will be the “ever-present, growing reality of a changing climate, and specifically the security implications of a changing climate.”

“Climate change is a threat accelerant,” he said, “which means that it is going to impact what happens in the global security, national security space in the years to come.”

Inspired by former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ call for a “whole-of-government response” to climate change, the forum will meet to assess and identify ways to prepare for climate change risks to national and global security, examine proactive climate action steps, and identify opportunities to build resilience and act on the current climate emergency.

Wendt said he hopes that those who attend will have a greater avenue to experience and engage in the climate discussion.

The forum will take place online; register to watch, listen and participate at 

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