Date: 8:30-10:00 Tue 24 October 2017. Breakfast served from 08:00.
Place: Sansehagen room at Omsorgsbygg (Solli Plass), Sommerrogata 1, Oslo (Enter via Inkognitogata)
Cost: Free but please register here
The challenge is enormous, urgent and complex. Globally, Norway has committed to the Paris Agreement and to keeping the average global temperature increase to below 2C. Paris framed the agenda for transformation. Can Oslo lead the way? Just a couple of weeks ago a new climate budget was approved by the Oslo City Council. It is bold and radical, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% within four years. A plan has been presented to reach this goal; it consists of 42 measures, it involves different sectors, and it gives responsibility to all city departments. It calls for wide involvement and engagement of the business sector and the general public. What would it take for this plan to succeed?
In this lively breakfast seminar, Oslo climate leader Heidi Sørensen will join climate researcher Kevin Anderson and social transformations researcher Karen O´Brien to discuss and debate this question from the research, policy and practical perspectives. Bring your questions and join us for a morning of inspiration, discussion and insights!
08:00 Breakfast served
08:30 Introduction and talks
09:30 Panel debate and Q&A
This event is free but please register here.
About the speakers
Heidi Sørensen is the Director of Oslo City’s Agency for Climate. She is tasked with coordinating and facilitating the climate work in Oslo. Heidi has a long track record of working on climate and environmental issues both as a politician, leader in civil society, and now as a Director in Oslo City. She is a skilled leader and high-level negotiator with more than 20 years experience working in politics, management and voluntary activities. During the 90s she was the leader of two of Norway’s largest environmental NGOs, Natur og Ungdom and Friends of the Earth Norway. She was a State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment from 2007-2012, and has held various positions in the Norwegian parliament. In addition, she has served on the Norwegian Consumer Council, the Norwegian Board of Technology, and the board of the Research Council of Norway. She has also been a member of committees producing Norwegian Official Reports on energy and waste management.
Kevin Anderson is one of Great Britain’s most recognized climate researchers and is well known for his skills in communicating climate science to policy and decision-makers, the business sector, civil society and media. He is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He is also Uppsala University’s Zennström visiting Professor in Climate Change Leadership at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS). He has been pivotal in establishing research around carbon budgets and the transformation of different societal sectors to acceptable mitigation levels based on politically agreed goals.
Karen O´Brien is a Professor at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. With 25 years of experience in climate change research, her work focuses on human responses to environmental change, with an emphasis on the relationships between personal, cultural, and systems transformations. Karen has participated in four Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change Assessment (IPCC) Reports and was a Lead Author on the 5th Assessment Report. At UiO, she leads the five-year AdaptationCONNECTS (Adaptation: Combining Old and New kNowledge to Enable Conscious Transformation to Sustainability) project and is a co-founder of cCHANGE: an Oslo-based consultancy offering knowledge, services and tools to help people understand the potential for transformation as a deliberate response to complex challenges.