Science Cafe: Climate Change Policy & Ethics

Thu 19 September 2019 - 19:45

During the last century the global temperature has been rising at an unprecedented rate. Our current economy contributed to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time suffers from climate change effects, such as extreme weather events. Therefore, in 2015 many countries including the Netherlands signed the UN agreement in Paris to limit this global warming below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Dutch goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to almost zero by 2050. And yet, global energy-related CO2 emissions rose in 2018 to their historical highs according to the Global Energy and CO2 Status Report. How are the Netherlands, Europe and the globe planning to achieve their emission targets? Which policies are being put forward and what will be the role of the private sector, the government and citizens? And in which way are current moral convictions and political regulations prepared for these challenges?
In this Science Cafe, these questions will be addressed by two eminent speakers. Our first speaker Prof. Rik Leemans will update us on the main climate-change factors and the necessary emission reductions on how to minimise the climate change impact. Our second speaker Prof. Marcus Düwell will help us understand the climate change from an ethical perspective.

Prof. Rik Leemans heads the Environmental Systems Analysis group of Wageningen University. His research focuses on ecosystems and biodiversity and accentuates resilience, vulnerability and sustainability. He actively participates in the UN-Panels on Climate Change (IPCC) and biodiversity (IPBES), and in ICSU/ISSCs international interdisciplinary global-change research programmes, and is Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Prof. Marcus Düwell holds a chair for Philosophical Ethics and is director of the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University. He is chair of the board of the Dutch Philosophy Institutes, Vice-President of the Helmuth Plessner-Society and Editor-in-Chief of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. His research interests include foundational topics in moral and political philosophy (particularly the ethics of human dignity and human rights), and philosophical anthropology, climate ethics and bioethics.


DATE: Thursday September 19,  2019
TIME: 19:45