Can we offset the climate crisis? A lecture on the complexity of climate compensation

Can we offset the climate crisis?

Have you considered climate compensation for a flight, or do you buy products that market themselves as climate compensated?

The idea of ​​climate compensation is that we as individuals or actors pay for the amount of emissions caused by our actions to be reduced elsewhere.

Climate compensation often takes the form of tree planting or the expansion of renewable energy in low-income countries. At the same time, the approach has been criticized, and some researchers believe that the use of climate compensation as a tool to tackle the climate crisis is an unsustainable approach that takes the focus away from the real efforts needed to reduce emissions.

How does climate compensation really work? Is it possible to compensate for greenhouse gas emissions? How are areas where climate compensation is carried out affected, and how are the people who live there affected? Does climate compensation contribute to reduced or increased emissions?

The above questions are a selection of interesting issues such as Maria Johansson will sort out during the seminar 'Can we compensate for the climate crisis? A lecture on the complexity of climate compensation '.

About the speaker:

Maria Johansson has a background in research on forest restoration and forest fires in Africa. She lectures on problems with climate compensation with a focus on forest issues: Why you can not compensate for emissions of millions of years old "black carbon" with binding in "green carbon" in trees in the fast carbon cycle. How tree plantings and renewable energy take up a lot of land and can threaten local food supply and biodiversity, how the price of emission rights from low-income countries is far too low, and why the Paris Agreement should make trade between high-income and low-income countries impossible. Finally, she invites discussion on how the belief that compensation is possible affects us as consumers to make real emission reductions here at home.

The lecture is organized by FUF's event group which consists of young non-profit committed members. It is done digitally in zoom and requires pre-registration to access the link. Registration closes at 23:55 on 25/4. Feel free to enter the link well in advance of the call

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