"What's the point of learning facts, when the most important facts given by the finest science clearly mean nothing to our society?"
The words are Greta Thunberg's - she who has become the symbol of the fight against climate change, which is often described as the fateful question of our time.
The researchers agree that global warming risks having catastrophic consequences in the form of, among other things, increased sea levels and more and more intense extreme weather. Everything from land surfaces and ecosystems to food supplies and fresh water resources are threatened, and millions of people will be forced to flee. The world's poor will suffer the worst.
The latest report from the UN climate panel IPCC shows that the situation is worse than previously thought, and that the increasing content of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere must be reduced in order to avoid a collapse. Although there is almost a consensus in the scientific community that the rapid increase in temperature is a result of human activities, mainly the burning of fossil fuels, a study from the University of Gothenburg shows that approximately one in twenty Swedes are so-called "climate deniers". In addition, emissions of greenhouse gases are expected to increase in Sweden for the first time in several decades as a result of the government's policy.
Why is the climate threat not taken seriously? Does the same also apply to other issues related to the survival of humanity? Why do we find it so difficult to act based on what the research says? Do we need to work in other ways to achieve its results?
FUF invites you to a conversation between Johan Rockström and Eva Svedling (moderator) on Thursday September 14 at 11.00-12.30 where these issues will be discussed and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Johan rockström was awarded the FUF prize in 2022 for his diligent work with the question of the fate of our time. As a researcher, public educator and debater, he has had a prominent role, both in Sweden and internationally, to increase knowledge and commitment to avert the global threats to the environment and climate.
Eva Svedling was until recently CEO of the think tank Global Utmaning and former State Secretary for Climate at the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The conversation takes place at FUF's office at Ehrensvärdsgatan 4 in Stockholm. We offer coffee. Advance registration is required and there is a limited number of places. Registration closes on September 13 at 23.59.
The seminar will be held in Swedish. For information, the venue is half a flight of stairs down without a lift and unfortunately there is no ear loop in the venue.