Future Scientists Webinar


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The Social Causes and Solutions to the Climate Crisis
Thursday 6 October – 16:00 – 17:00 CEST.

This talk discusses some of the social causes of climate change and what we can do to address them. It looks at how our current economic system id driving the climate crisis; why our economic and political systems are failing to address it; and what we need to do to change that.

Paul Raekstad is an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, working on radical political theory connected to social movements. They work broadly on radical political theory connected to social movements.




About ‘Future Scientists’

By now, most people are aware of the seriousness of climate change and the ecological crisis (e.g., see this 2019 EU Survey). However, awareness by itself may not lead to behavioral change, let alone system and cultural change.

In the Future Scientists webinar series, we explore how to go forward in this decisive decade. As scholars and scientists, what is our role in contributing towards the “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” (IPCC) required to stay below 1,5 °C of warming? What system or cultural changes need to be discussed more widely, and how to best communicate that? Lastly, taking a more introspective view, how do we cope with emotions coming from the barrage of bad news regarding the state of our planet?