The climate emergency we are living in represents the ultimate threat to humanity, a phenomenon that would clearly require immediate and resolute action. Yet, while the scientific knowledge on climate change has made huge advances and the scientific community has reached a consensus on the actions needed, measures taken so far by governments are not considered sufficient to preserve the environment and our very existence.
What's the role for climate scientists, practitioners and advocacy groups in communicating the problem and urgency of climate action?
The goal of the discussion was to identify viable and effective routes from climate knowledge to action.
Dr Tibisay Morgandi (The Centre for Commercial Law Studies) IHSS Climate Emergency Working Group Chair opened the event.
Professor Sam Fankhauser (Smith School and the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford) and Research Director of "Oxford Net Zero", Dr Candice Howarth (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Sciences) and Head of Local Climate Action, Dr Alyssa Gilbert (The Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London), Director of Policy and Translation, Leo Hickman, Director and Editor of "Carbon Brief" and Dr Natalia Efremova, Lecturer in Digital Economy (Queen Mary University of London) and Co-Founder of "Deep Planet" shed light on the fundamental obstacles, but also the promises, to communicating the climate emergency to policy makers, the wide public and local communities.
The presentations were followed by Q&A, chaired by Dr Caterina Gennaioli (Senior Lecturer in Economics, Queen Mary University of London) and Director of the Centre for Globalisation Research, IHSS Climate Emergency Working Group member.
Tamjid Ahmed took the photographs of the event.