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2021 SMART Talks on Climate Change

Thursday, September 16, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021


From devastating natural disasters to a global pandemic, the effects of climate change continue to be more pressing, extreme, and far-reaching than ever before. Through offering them the opportunity to converse with top scholars an key policy-makers in the field, SMART Talks on Climate Change aims to endow leaders of the next generation with useful insights to tackle the problem. Join us, get prepared to lead for change.


William Nordhaus
Sterling Professor of Economics and Professor in the School of the Environment, Yale University Winner of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences


Dan Esty
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of the Environment, Yale University Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale Law School


Xuhui Lee
Sara Shallenberger BrownProfessor of Meteorology, Yale School of Environment


Mary Evelyn Tucker
Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Environment


Fred Strebeigh
Senior Lecturer Emeritus in English and in Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University


Xiqing Gao
Former Vice-Chairman and President of the China Investment Corporation


Jun Ma
Yale World Fellow '04 Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs


Yuan Yao
Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems, Yale School of Environment


Xizhou Zhou
Yale ’05, ’06 MEM Vice President, IHS Markit


Carl Zimmer
Professor Adjunct of Biophysics and Biochemistry and Lecturer in English, Yale University Award-Winner New York Times Columnist


Alfred Guy
Director of Undergraduate Writing and Tutoring, Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning


Zhang Jianyu
Chief Representative, Environmental Defense Fund's China Program


Program Structure

Think Smart

Combating climate change will require experts from around the world and across multiple fields working together to come up with creative solutions to a host of problems. Join scientists, engineers, philosophers, scholars, lawyers, policy experts, and economists as we look at the vast implications that climate change has for our world and how we can best work together to fight for a better future.

Talk Smart

For years, the reality of climate change and its consequences have been clear not just to scientists, but to all of us dealing with the unpredictable ramifications of climate change. It's become apparent that new voices dealing with these issues don't just need to be driven by data and science, but they need to be emotionally appealing and drive us all to action. In these sessions, award-winning journalists, writers, and teachers will guide you as you shape your own persuasive arguments for combating climate change.

Program Material 

In this category, you will find some recommended reading materials from both Yale speakers and Caixin Global experts. These reading recommendations include news articles, books, videos, essays and websites, all linked to climate change.

Essay Competition

Essay competition aims to spark thoughts and exchange of perspectives on possible strategies against climate change. Contribute your proposal and win the opportunity to join and speak as the Young Leaders' Representative at the annual Caixin Summit.


Program Schedule


The language of the program will be English.


16-25 years old
English language proficiency for meaningful participation during discussions


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Caixin Global is one of the most respected sources for macroeconomic, financial and business news and information about China. Built on Caixin Media’s award winning journalism, Caixin Global delivers fast, reliable business and financial news about China to the world. It offers its English news via a 24/7 digital and mobile platform (, and runs a print magazine.

Through cooperation with a leading financial services platform — Caixin Insight — Caixin Global also provides policy analysis, industry monitoring, financial database services and more in-depth research and consulting services on China's economic policymaking and its financial markets. It organizes a series of high-level global events, including Caixin Roundtables and the Caixin Summit.

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