Member of Sciences Academies (EU, France, US)
Former vice-chair of the Working Group I
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC (2002-2015).
Emeritus Research Director of France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Jean Jouzel has dedicated his entire scientific career to the reconstitution of past climates through the study of Antarctica and Greenland’s ices. He was vice-chair of one of its working group when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, GIEC in French) received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007 along with US former Vice-President Al Gore. Since 2016, he is foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He is also a member of France’s Academy of Sciences. He strongly believes in the role of scientists to inspire the public to act now.
Message from Pr Jean Jouzel, 7 April 2021
The objective of carbon neutrality by 2050 was advocated by scientists two years ago in the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 °C and is already adopted in legislation and policy documents in France, the European Union, the United States, South Korea, Japan and many other countries, and also by China by 2060.
The "CARBON PRICING CONFERENCE" is important because it is essential to put a price on carbon, and it is also necessary to have a real political will and to develop technological and social innovations that have effective impacts on mitigating and adapting to climate change, without forgetting sobriety and education.
Everyone must realise that carbon neutrality in 2050 requires a complete change in the way our societies function.
The acculturation of all people, including policy makers, is key. I dedicate today most of my time to education. I am member of the Office for Climate Education, under the auspices of UNESCO.
The French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, has given me the task of chairing the "Teaching the Ecological Transition in Higher Education" mission. Our first report, published in March, makes recommendations to ensure that, in the short term, 100% of students in the French higher education system are trained in the ecological transition. This also includes biodiversity and climate. We are now embarking on a second, more operational phase aiming to formulate recommendations to facilitate the implementation of training and awareness-raising actions, promoting what is already being done successfully in some places and seeking not to impose but to get institutions to adhere.
The City of Sciences and Industry in Paris is preparing a permanent exhibition on the ecological transition, which will be open to the public from 2023, and I have agreed to be the Scientific Commissioner.
We really need to tackle carbon neutrality from all angles, as you propose to discuss it in the "CARBON PRICING CONFERENCE". And we must carefully weigh up the innovations against their real impacts and the real consequences of climate change, to win economically and ecologically, with the right new kinds of jobs we need. That’s why I encourage all of you to go ahead and I am pleased to accept to be the Honorary Chairman of the Conference on 2-3 June 2021 in Paris.