“Climate change in a societal perspective” seminar

When:
March 3, 2021 – March 4, 2021 all-day
2021-03-03T00:00:00+01:00
2021-03-05T00:00:00+01:00
Where:
University of Oslo, Blindern Oslo (simultaneously digital)

Organizers: Britta Schäfer and Marius Lambert /UiO
Credit point: 1 ECTS
Registration form here. (Deadline: 14 February)


In our role as climate scientists, for the world outside university, we often represent “those who know the most” (if not everything) about climate change. We often face a variety of questions that refer to both ethical and political concerns rather than our expertise as natural scientists, and therefore it is never easy to give satisfying answers to friends, relatives or the media. In addition, the questions are usually not free of emotional load.
In order to learn more about the societal dimensions of climate change, we have invited six speakers with background in social sciences, psychology and practical ethics. We will among others cover questions like: How do individual people percept climate change? How can climate researchers communicate their results in order to trigger most reaction/mitigation? (Why) Should we care about climate? Why is it so difficult to find a common way to fight climate change among the world’s countries? How can a reduction of oil production in Norway contribute to diminish global emissions? Apart from sessions with invited speakers, we will also have one session with student contributions where we will look at recent articles that compare approaches for fighting the Covid-19 crisis and climate change.
The seminar will be hold on March 3-4 at UiO in Oslo from 08:45 to 17:00 on Wednesday and 09:00-16:30 on Thursday, and we also open for digital participation from other places. If you are living outside Oslo and choose to attend in person, you are welcome to do so and will get travel expenses refunded, but you are responsible for organizing travel and accommodation yourself.
We look forward to interesting talks and discussions and seeing you in person or virtually in March!

Britta Schäfer and Marius Lambert

 

Seminar schedule:

Time Title Lecturer Kind of activity Duration
Day 1 08:45 Introduction Britta, Marius 15 min
09:00 How do individual people percept climate change? Knut Ivar Karevold Talk 60 min
10:00 How can climate researchers communicate their results in order to trigger most reaction/mitigation? Knut Ivar Karevold Talk + discussion 45 min
11:00 (Why) Should we care about climate? Alejandra Mancilla (UiO) Talk + discussion 60 min
12:00 Lunch break 90 min
13:30 Corona and Climate – one year after/ How to fight a crisis Course participants Short presentations + discussion 90 min
15:00 Coffee break 30 min
15:30 Interactions of climate change and globalization, implications for human security Andrea Nightingale (UiO) Talk + discussion 90 min
17:00 Socializing with pizza
Day 2 09:00 Why is it so difficult to find a common way to fight climate change among the world’s countries? Bård Lahn (CICERO) Talk 60 min
10:00 Spot on Norway: Oil drilling in the Arctic and the Norwegian climate lawsuit Lea Nesheim (Natur og Ungdom) Talk + discussion 60 min
11:15 How can a reduction of oil production in Norway contribute to diminish global emissions? Bård Lahn Talk 60 min
12:15 Lunch break
14:00 The role of public acceptance when designing climate policy, e.g. wind energy construction Marianne Aasen (CICERO) Talk 60 min
15:15 What has to change the most: my personal habits, my company’s business practices, national laws in my country, international treaties? Panel discussion 75 min
16:30 End