James Cameron to Speak at U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit

James Cameron

The event will take place Sept. 15-16 at downtown Los Angeles' J.W. Marriott.

Filmmaker James Cameron will speak at next week's first annual U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday.

Cameron and former White House Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor Sam Kass will participate in an event called “Food for Sustainable Nations,” which will focus on the relationship between climate change and food.

"With this Summit, Mayor Garcetti is demonstrating real leadership on climate change," Cameron said in a statement. "Climate change is one of the biggest crises of our time, and this is a historic opportunity to raise awareness and take responsibility for our planet."

Mayor Garcetti said of the filmmaker-environmental activist: "I'm looking forward to hearing from Jim Cameron and Sam Kass as we work to tackle climate change on the local, national, and international level."

"Improving how we grow and distribute food is imperative not only to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also to ensure that we can provide enough quality food that all families have the nourishment they need," Kass added.

The event, which was formed as a result of the joint climate announcement made by Presidents Obama and Xi last November, will take place Sept. 15 to 16 at downtown Los Angeles' J.W. Marriott and will welcome key subnational leaders from both the United States and China to form new climate commitments and agreements.

Sessions and panels will cover topics including low-carbon city planning and energy, climate-smart buildings and green infrastructure.



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