Participants drive the success of any role-playing exercise, and Food Chain Reaction will be no exception. To model real-world situations and global reaction as accurately as possible, we’ve brought together high-level decision makers from all over the world, representing nations, international institutions, and the private sector. This group will collaborate, negotiate, make decisions, and confront trade-offs while dealing with a chain reaction of consequences resulting from their actions.
Our player profile series showcases some of the many participants who have generously given their time, energy, and enthusiasm to helping make Food Chain Reaction a success.
Q & A with Carol M. Browner
Team: United States
Why is food security important to you and your organization?
Feeding the world is one of the most challenging and important issues the world faces. Despite significant progress through sustainable agriculture practices over the past few decades, climate change and extreme weather already are causing instability to local, regional, and global food supplies. And while developing countries face disproportionate burdens in enhancing their food security, this is an issue that will impact people throughout the world. In the United States, we will have to consider ways to enhance sustainable agricultural production and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
If you could do one thing to create a more food secure future what would it be?
On a macro scale — address climate change. World leaders will soon convene in Paris to solidify their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and contribute to extreme weather events. Though mitigation is vital to averting the worst impacts of climate change, countries around the world and in all stages of development already face the impacts of climate change. Moving ahead from Paris, world leaders must focus on addressing the impacts of climate change and consider new ways to adapt.
What do you hope to achieve through Food Chain Reaction?
Food Chain Reaction provides an opportunity to better understand the complexities we all face in seeking to ensure the world is fed. In order to build resilience and enhance food security in a changing climate, experts and leaders from around the world will have to seek out bi- and multi-lateral collaboration to share ideas and best practices. Nearly every country in the world faces food insecurities due to climate change and extreme weather, and Food Chain Reaction is a venue for discussing global collaboration.
Carol M. Browner is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at American Progress and senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Ms. Browner also serves on the League of Conservation Voters board, the Bunge Limited board of directors, the Global Ocean Commission, and Opower’s advisory board.
Browner most recently served as assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established a national car policy that included both new automobile fuel-efficiency standards and the first-ever greenhouse gas reductions. Previously, Browner was a founding principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008.
From 1993 to 2001, Browner served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As administrator, she adopted the most stringent air-pollution standards in our nation’s history, set a fine-particle clean air standard for the first time, and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set science-based public health protections while providing businesses with important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. She worked across the agency to ensure a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, particularly children.