It’s another Monday, but on the bright side, it’s going to be a good week to talk about climate change. Plus, later today the NCAA men’s basketball champs will be crowned, how’s your bracket doing? Also happening this week:

  • Elections: CNN will be hosting 3 (!!) presidential town halls this week with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York (who called climate change “the greatest threat to humanity“) on Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee (who’s running on a climate and clean energy platform) on Wednesday, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (who called climate change the #1 long term threat to our country) will appear Thursday. Check here for times. 
  • Congress:The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing titled “The Need for Leadership to Combat Climate Change and Protect National Security” on Tuesday, April 9th, at 10 am and will hear testimony from two sole witnesses: Former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. You can read more about the hearing and how to stream it here.
  • International: India will begin its weeks-long election process which means that whichever candidate wins will lead the world’s soon-to-be largest population and the actions they take on climate change will matter significantly.

ICYMI: In his remarks made in Berlin this weekend, former U.S. President Barack Obama commended young Europeans who have been striking for climate action and stated that “climate change is an existential challenge for all of humanity.”

On a positive note: The Norwegian government announced that its sovereign wealth fund will be permitted to double its investment in unlisted renewable energy projects to $14 billion.

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