Sustainability Science and Activism: Prospects and approaches to a global crisis

Sustainability Science and Activism: Prospects and approaches to a global crisis

The Sustainability Science Centre and the Globe Institute’s Sustainability Initiative invite you to a sustainability seminar on 28 April 2020, with Katherine Richardson, Jens Friis Lund and a panel of representatives from the activist groups Fridays For Future Denmark, Extinction Rebellion Denmark and Den Grønne Studenterbevægelse.

Last year saw a flurry of grassroots movements pop up around the world and in Denmark, as a consequence of the growing global climate and biodiversity crises. This event will feature a mixed panel of world-renowned academics involved in sustainability science, in conversation with representatives of activist groups that have emerged as key drivers of the movement to bring attention to these crises in Denmark: Fridays For Future Denmark, Extinction Rebellion Denmark and Den Grønne Studenterbevægelse.

The event will aim to answer a variety of questions about sustainability science and activism: What are the different approaches to activism that have popped up in the last few years? How do these groups operate, and what are
their motivations? What role should scientists and academics play as the crisis unfolds? Should they be only seen as knowledge-providers, or as active supporters of these causes? How can we better engage with the public citizenry, in order to better divulge facts and prospects about the consequences of these crises?

After a 10-min presentation from each speaker, there will be a 40 minute Q&A with the panel.

Panel:

Katherine Richardson

Professor of Biological Oceanography, Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre, University of Copenhagen.

Jens Friis Lund

Professor of Political Ecology, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen.

Tiem van der Deure

MSc Climate Change student, University of Copenhagen

Caroline Bessermann

Michael Krabbe Borregaard, Associate Professor and Luisa dos Santos Bay Nielsen, Research assistant, both at the Globe Institute,will moderate this event.

No registration is needed for this event. Live streaming on YouTube is open to the public

For questions about the event, please contact Fernando Racimo.