ClimBEco winter meeting: Climate negotiations
Our main focus of this meeting will be on presentations by current graduate school members, learning about each other's research topics. Joining them will be three invited guests, each contributing to the very timely theme of this meeting, Climate Negotiations.
The kind of research we collectively stand for in ClimBEco is significant for the entire world. We know relatively much about the state of our planet and societies, and this understanding of where things are heading in terms of climate, biodiversity and ecosystems looks bleak in the absence of drastic change. Emissions are still going up in a time when the united science says they need to be going down. The situation is nothing less than dire. Where do we stand, what is our roll, and how are we to handle tensions and feelings of distress when we find ourselves in relatively privileged positions yet unable to see and/or mobilize the kind of drastic change needed to ensure a future livable world for all?
As we know, world leaders have just concluded international negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Spain, and although perhaps less visible, the internal negotiations we confront regularly as scientists and as human beings in society are equally pressing and challenging when envisioning the future. Both of these levels of negotiations will be addressed at our meeting, as well as performing a mock negotiation activity to get a better feel for the speed and level of action needed to address global climate change.
Our first invited guest is Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson. He will share with us from his hands-on experiences at the COP25 in Madrid, where he attended as the Youth Delegate of Sweden.
Our second guest is Kimberly Nicholas, who will facilitate The World Climate Simulation, an in-person role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations.
Our final guest is climate psychologist and author Frida Hylander. As scientists we are very much aware of climate change and the threats it poses to humanity, our planet and our own futures. Frida will speak to us on the commonest strategies people and societies have towards climate change and – perhaps most importantly – explore actions we can take for the sake of our own and our planet’s wellbeing.