Cool off in a hot world

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The temperature is rising, the world is on fire, the clock is ticking. The latest report from the UN climate panel IPCC shows that the situation is worse than previously thought, and that global emissions of greenhouse gases must be drastically reduced to avoid the collapse of vital ecosystems, rising seas and galloping natural disasters. "We live in the age of fools," said an anonymous scientist in a widely circulated article in which the Guardian asked 380 scientists about their belief that we will fix the climate crisis we are currently in. The window of opportunity to prevent the worst consequences is approaching to close, but it is still open.  

Due to this, the EU proposed at the beginning of the year a tightening of the Union's climate goals: to reduce the net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2040 percent in 90 compared to 1990. A formal bill is expected to come after a new commission has taken office after the EU elections. At the same time, there are indications that an increasing number of parliamentarians will advocate a scaling back rather than a scaling up of the EU's climate ambitions.  

While politics moves slowly, scientists, companies, activists and ordinary people are working in different ways to try to solve the climate crisis, or at least mitigate its effects. For example, what has Sweden's first national Citizens' Council on the Climate come up with in terms of solutions for how Sweden can reduce climate emissions? What does business want to do for climate change? How can committed young people inspire other young people to get involved in the climate issue, even though many people's interest in climate and the environment seems to have cooled? And what possibilities does the European Parliament really have to save the world from climate collapse?  

We will discuss these burning questions at the seminar Cool off in a hot world on May 28 at 17.00-18.30 on The Park Södermalm. The bistro is open to anyone who wants to buy something to eat or drink and mingle before the seminar begins. It is also fine to stay and mingle after the seminar. 

In addition to interactive exercises and insights on the theme of environment and climate, we offer award-winning climate poetry, goodie bags in the form of cooling lemonade and smoothies to the first 40 who sign up.

  • Thomas Hahn, docent in ecological economics and program director of the research program FAIRTRANS 
  • Fatma Ali, youth ambassador at the United Nations and involved in WWF Sweden Youth 
  • Madeleine Svenberg, climate policy expert, Swedish business   
  • Rosaline Marbinah, Head of Policy, Oxfam   
  • Annika Wäppling Korzinek, Head of the European Commission's office in Sweden
  • Manuel Cortez, poet and winner of the Ortens best pen 2023 award

The call is moderated by Karin Klerby, board member of FUF, and Aurora Isufi, non-profit active FUF member.

Other information

There is a limited number of places for those who want to join and listen to the seminar physically. Register by May 27 to secure your place. If you would rather listen to the conversation digitally, you can do it on our Youtube channel Fool play 

See you there! 

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