“Climate Change in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses”
Professor Tracy Bach, Vermont Law School
On April 24, in collaboration with the US Embassy in Dakar, the West African Research Center (WARC) hosted a public lecture by Professor Tracy Bach of the Vermont Law School. Professor Bach, who was a Fulbright Scholar in Dakar in 2009-2010, presented on “Climate Change in
the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses.”
Professor Bach primarily focused on the legal aspects of climate change throughout the world and insisted on the responsibilities of global industrial powers, which are the main polluters of planet earth.The lecture was moderated by the Director of Research in Biotechnology at the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Dr. Ismaïla Diallo, and included commentary from Dr. Assane Goudiaby of the UCAD Institute of Environmental Sciences. The audience of some 50 persons
included specialists from the various Dakar-based institutions specializing in environmental and climatic issues, as well as by a public essentially composed of young men and women. This massive presence of young people led the various speakers to emphasize the need to preserve the future of humankind through a responsible and highly committed management of current environment-related problems.
Dr. Diallo and Dr. Goudiaby stressed the need for developing countries to engage in collective efforts and initiatives to face the negative effects of climate change and to engage in innovative strategies to preserve their environmental resources as well as their populations.
The talk was followed by lively and insightful exchanges between the audience and the three panelists.