Come to the Extreme Dialogue on Climate Extremes, June 18, 2013 at the University of Oslo (www.uio.no/extreme-dialogue). This Extreme Dialogue seeks to alert the media and mobilize key decision-makers and the public at large to take action in response to changes in climate variability and extreme events. Building upon some of the key messages presented in the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” (SREX), the dialogue aims to develop an untapped potential to make better connections across communities, sectors, and generations. The Extreme Dialogue will use facilitated dialogue and diverse media including film, art, and theatre to communicate climate change as a compelling story about extreme weather that emphasizes the capacities of humans to better manage risk.
Climate change is considered by many to be the greatest challenge to humanity. It is a “perfect storm” that will lead to unprecedented social and ecological impacts, unless urgent measures are taken to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changes that are now considered inevitable. There is a growing recognition that traditional approaches and “business-as-usual” are insufficient to address the complex challenges of climate change. In fact, there have been many calls for new modes of thinking about multiple interacting processes, policies, and programs, and both scientific and policy discourses increasingly emphasize the need for deliberate transformation to address climate change.
Transformation to a low-carbon, well-adapted global society presents both opportunities and risks, and raises some important questions: What do we actually mean by transformation? What do we know from historical experience in a diverse field how to make it happen? Where are the gaps in our knowledge base to inform concrete strategies and actions for deliberate, ethical and sustainable transformation at the rate and scale that a global existential threat calls for? Can we innovate rapidly enough, and with sufficient intelligence, to transform systems along pathways towards global justice, gender equity, and long-term social and ecological resilience? Can we do this in a participative manner, without resorting to fear, force or folly?
Karen O'Brien's insight:
"Transformation in a Changing Climate", 19 - 21 June 2013, Oslo, Norway
The aim of this conference is to bring together diverse perspectives on transformation, and to generate cutting-edge discussions on deliberate, ethical and sustainable transformation in response to the complex global challenges associated with climate change.
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