10 June 2010

Climate Change and Social Order - Evolution or Revolution

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Climate Change and Social Order - Evolution or Revolution

Students and personalities define specific action lines addressing sustainable solutions for global challenge
7 June 2010
Climate Change and Social Order - Evolution or Revolution - ImageOn 17 May some outstanding personalities and forty selected students from all over Europe gathered at the St Gallen University for an internationally unique event to exchange their experience and ideas on the shift in social order in response to climate change.

IES research assistant Jonathan Solomon joined the event and actively dealt with the latest research from social, economical and political perspective. They were introduced by Prof. Dirk Lehmkuhl and Dr. Andreas Koestler who presented his work for the UN Disaster Assessment Coordination at the forefront of climate change impacts. Among the theoretical inputs Mrs Koko Warner from the United Nations University Bonn presented the latest results of their study on climate change and migration. Mrs Lindene Patton explained the strong influence of insurances on economic transactions, which are related to societal and natural risks. Finally Prof. Pattberg from the VU University Amsterdam gave an update about the changing architecture in climate change governance towards different agents from the private sector and civil society determining regulation.

Professor Sir Brian Hoskins of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, member of the IPCC fourth assessment report and advisor to the Stern report, showed the impacts water, ecosystems, food security and coastal regions by mapping surface temperature and precipitation projections. The problems and solutions to Climate Change and food systems were elaborated by Dr. Herren, president of the Millennium Institute, by presenting necessary shifts to reconnect farming and the environment, producers and consumers and policies and their consequences.

An impressive keynote from economic Nobel Prize laureate Eric Maskin explained how a climate change treaty has to be designed to be self-enforcing. He assured the realistic possibility of creating a treaty that includes the incentives for every country to sign by delivering their economic mitigation costs to certain international reduction goals.

Challenge the Best was an outstanding event for intergenerational communication and learning in an excellent organised environment to build the necessary bridges between people who are commited to take the societal challenges ahead.