Environmental challenges know no borders – Foreign policy for a habitable planet

Thu 26 Sep 2019
Time: 14:30 Location: Deichman's main library Language: English Available seats: 70

What obstacles is there in solving the climate crisis? Who is responsible for saving us from it? Does it matter what we do locally and nationally? What role does foreign policy play in reaching the goal? WWF, J.M. Stenersens Forlag and NUPI invites you to a mini-lecture with David Wallace-Wells and a panel discussion on the importance of a greener foreign policy.

The world is losing nature at a rapid pace. The world’s seas are becoming more acidic and the temperature of the globe continues to rise. This threatens food security, air quality, creates migration and increases the risk of resource conflicts - both within and between countries.

The World Economic Forum ranks the destruction of natural ecosystems, water shortages and air pollution as far greater threats than the risks associated with stock bubbles, corruption and terrorist attacks.

The damage we inflict on nature is a real political risk that affects our security and interests. Nevertheless, the importance of the environment is marginal in today's global politics.

This event will be in English and does not require registration. Note that the event takes place at Deichman's main library.


14.30-14.35 Welcome and introduction by Jorunn Sandsmark, Publishing Manager in Kagge and J.M. Stenersens Forlag.

14.35-14.50 Introduction by David Wallace-Wells on probable conditions on earth if no radical climate action is taken, based on his book The Uninhabitable Earth.

14.50-14.55Bård Vegar Solhjell (WWF Norway) draws a thematic backdrop, poses two questions to Wallace-Wells and introduce the panel.

14.55-15.10 Short posts from panel: Ole Jacob Sending (NUPI) and Tina Bru (Conservative Party)

15.10-15.55 Discussion and Q&A

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