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Transformative change: Integrating responsibilities, solidarity, and care into dominant climate science, policy and public discourse

Tildelt: kr 0,18 mill.

The most significant change and unprecedented challenge the world faces today is related to climate. The recent IPCC Special Report on Extreme Weather Events depicts a future of vulnerable communities struggling against highly variable water availability, extreme events, food insecurity, and sea level rise. Such climate futures will radically transform socio-ecological systems and lead to profound changes and conflicts over scarce resources, adding an extra layer to daily shocks and calamities in a system atic context of profound inequality, increasing poverty, and wide-reaching economic and financial crises. This includes affecting also advanced economies directly and indirectly. We know the field of climate change research has been and remains dominated by natural sciences and classical economic cost-benefit analyses while the humanities and non economic social science perspectives continue to be perceived as tangential. The core challenges not only relate to the production of new knowledge from the soci al sciences and the humanities in relation to climate change, but to skillful integration of these different knowledges and their communication to society and policy as to produce a new scientifically solid, public, and policy relevant view of opportuniti es for and obstacles to change. We need change, but such change must be a deliberate form of transformation, including ethical reflection and ways to integrate values into science and policy The main objective of this proposal is the organization of an ag enda setting 3-day workshop that will explore transformations in critical, constructive, and practically and politically relevant ways to move from the dominant earth system science discourse and public debates of climate change to one that embraces a cul ture of solidarity, dignity, human security, justice, rights, capabilities, multiple domains of knowledge and responsibilities.


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