PORTSMOUTH — Moderator Kevin Fay, Esq., said he is looking forward to guiding a discussion among some of the world’s top experts and thinkers at next month's Portsmouth Conference on climate.

“Too often these days, communication in the policy arena gets lost,” said Fay, executive director of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy and executive director of the Business Institute for Sustainability. “There are many who feel that effective communication means speaking louder, but rarely does that prove to be successful.”

In bringing together experts from across the world to discuss policies that relate to climate, including their consequences, the Portsmouth Conference seeks to provide a useful forum for discussion on a complicated subject.

Noting he was intrigued at the invitation to moderate panelist and audience discussions at the conference, Fay said he accepted it with the intent to ensure all views are discussed and considered.

“I won’t be driving toward a particular solution or viewpoint,” he said. “This issue lends itself to many different approaches.”

According to Charles McConnell, under-secretary of energy in the Obama administration, any approach to climate and/or energy policy must take into account the world’s increasing human population.

“In the next 30 years, we will hit 10 billion people,” he said. “We need to be cognizant that there are 1.3 billion people that have no energy, and out of the 3 billion we add in the next 30 years, 90 percent will be in underdeveloped countries.”

According to Dr. Mikko Paunio, who holds a cabinet position at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, current environmental policies must consider urban sanitary issues.

“Contemporary obsessions to conserve water and energy have had devastating consequences to the world’s poor, as improved hygiene is key to control disease and under nutrition,” he said.

Fellow conference panelist Florence Reed, founder of Sustainable Harvest International in Maine and partner of Regeneration International, will discuss agriculture’s role in carbon mitigation. She supports policies that boost regenerative organic farming.

“We don’t want to continue to do what we are doing, because what we are doing is not working,” she said.

Fay said he is looking forward to seeing whether panelists can discover any “common points of understanding.”

“If, as a result of this conference, participants can find merits in the viewpoints of others –whether as allies or opponents – I will feel like we have accomplished a great deal,” he said.

Dr. Geoff Weiss, who serves on the conference's board of directors, said they carefully selected a moderator who will “skillfully lead discussions without bias.”

Fay, said Weiss, “is recognized as a leading global environmental policy advocate and will guide the discussions without bias. This conference will get people of influence from across the world to discuss policies and solutions to issues that will continue to face humanity for decades to come.”

Hosted by Citizens Count, a New Hampshire-based, non-partisan public information platform with more than 200,000 members, the Portsmouth Conference will be held at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle Oct. 18-19. Seats are still available but seating is limited. To purchase a ticket and for more information, visit theportsmouthconference.org.