The outcome of Paris Climate Conference (COP21) was a feeling of unexpected optimism regarding the ability of society to mitigate climate change. The Paris Agreement laid out a huge ambition – “holding the increase of in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C”.
Yet it this wishful thinking? The Agreement suggests that ‘climate management’ can be effectively ‘supervised’ through a global governance regime whilst remaining loyal to the existing neo-liberal regime. Some prominent commentators, however, have argued that the climate crisis necessitates nothing less than a revolutionary transformation in how societies are organised. For others, questions of justice, fairness and sustainability make climate politics a complex game, necessitating pragmatic, piecemeal ‘solutions’ to the climate problem which respect conventional limits of political possibility.
Whichever way one looks at it, climate change forces a re-think of notions of the ‘art of the possible’.
This public discussion, organised by King’s Climate, will present reflections on climate governance in the wake of the Paris Agreement. The panel will feature presentations from four prominent international thinkers in the field:
Dr Oliver Geden, Head of EU/Europe Research Division, SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)
Professor Harriet Bulkeley, Professor of Geography, University of Durham
Dr Eva Lövbrand, Associate Professor, Department of Thematic Studies: Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden
Professor Mark Pelling, Professor of Geography, King’s College London.
The event will be free entry, but please book early as numbers are limited.
6.30-8.00 Public Dialogue chaired by Professor Mike Hulme.
8.00-9.00 Drinks reception