Aiming for a good life – thoughts about Paris, good food and wine
After five years in Lund, Kimberly Nicholas has grown roots here. She comes from a family of turkey ranchers and wine-growers in California, and food has been with her for her whole life. Her research at LUCSUS, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, deals with food, ecosystems and land-use. Kimberly is trying to understand how farming can be more sustainable, especially in a changing climate. She was in Paris during the climate summit, a meeting that gave hope for the future, but also reflections – for the direction of research and how our everyday choices are affected.
– What nature gives us is what makes life worth living – including food and wine. My inspiration is nature, and people and their ingenuity. The aim for my work is a healthy planet, and we could definitely do much better!
Paris brought the world together
Together with seven other researchers from Lund University, Kimberly Nicholas attended the 2015 United Nations Paris Climate Conference, COP21.
– Paris felt like a big step forward, and it was very exciting being there. I was lucky to be there at this watershed moment. It was really amazing to see the whole world there – representatives from 195 countries. You see how diverse the world is.
Kimberly compared the climate conference to a county fair. Every country had their own booth at the conference area, showing off the personality of their country. The impression from physically seeing representatives from the whole world at Paris was powerful, says Kimberly.
– Paris was one of these moments bringing the whole world together. It was really inspiring to follow the process that ended in the final climate deal. It gave me the feeling that change is possible.
The representatives from Lund University attended as part of one of nine observer groups at COP21, called RINGO (Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organisations). During the COP meetings, the observer groups organized discussions about the developments of the negotiations.
– The non-governmental organizations (NGO´s), including the environmental and gender NGOs, are like the moral compass of the negotiations, says Kimberly. It was impressive to see the results arising from years and years of mobilization.
Read the full article on the Lund University Sustainability Forum (and Swedish version in the Lund University Magazine). Text: Nina Nordh
About Kimberly Nicholas
Kimberly Nicholas is a researcher at LUCSUS, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. Her work deals with food, ecosystems and land-use.