The Key to Fighting Climate Change Lies in the Developing World

Episode 23

The fight against climate change will be won or lost in low- and middle-income countries. Greenhouse gas emissions are currently low in these countries, but will increase significantly if they continue to develop using fossil fuels. If their growth is powered by renewable energy instead, not only will the world be able to meet its climate goals, it will also be able to empower a billion people with the reliable, affordable electricity they need to improve their living conditions and economic prospects. Dr. Rajiv Shah will discuss how The Rockefeller Foundation is making the biggest bet in its 110-year history to turn the 21st century’s biggest challenge into an opportunity to advance the well-being of humanity.

This session was broadcasted on Thursday, March 9th at 5:30pm ET / 4:30pm CT live across The Rockefeller Foundation’s social media pages Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn and YouTube.

The Key to Fighting Climate Change Lies in the Developing World to hear The Rockefeller Foundation’s President Raj Shah speak with Rice University’s Baker Institute about opportunities & challenges of using renewable energy as a way to tackle #ClimateChange.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Panel of Experts:


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Kenneth B. Medlock III
Ph.D., James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker
Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics
Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies


Dr. Rajiv Shah head-shot.

Dr. Rajiv Shah
President, The Rockefeller Foundation


The event is co-sponsored by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and The Rockefeller Foundation. It will be presented as part of the Baker Institute Director’s Lecture Series and livestreamed as part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s #RFBreakthrough series.

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