14. The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes: exploring paradigm shifts around climate change policy and research

Thursday 29 March 2012 - Planetary Stewardship, 15:00

Room 11

Chaired by Heide Hackmann

Convenors: Maria Sharmina, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester; Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester; Heide Hackmann, International Social Science Council, UNESCO; Karen O'Brien, University of Oslo; Chris Shearlock, The Co-operative Group

What types of paradigm shifts are need to translate the rhetoric of "avoiding dangerous climate change" into effective policies and actions? This session brings together physical and social perspectives on the transformations considered necessary to meet unprecedented risks. The papers question some key assumptions of current approaches.  Following presentations, a discussion will focus on alternative approaches to  addressing climate change.

Real Clothes for the Emperor: Facing the Challenges of Climate Change

Prof. K. Anderson1; Ms. M. Sharmina1 , 2; 1Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester, UK 2Sustainable Consumption Institute, UK

Can the emperor change clothes? The social science of transformation

Dr. H. Hackmann1; Prof. K. O'Brien2; Dr. A.L. St.Clair3; Ms. L. Sygna2; 1International Social Science Council (ISSC), France 2Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway 3Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo-CICERO, Norway

Decoupled: UK transport and carbon mitigation strategies within the growth paradigm

Dr. M. Goulden1; Dr. T. Ryley2; Prof. R. Dingwall3; 1University of Nottingham, UK 2Loughborough University, UK 3Dingwall Enterprises, UK

Bioenergy as a solution for climate change mitigation? Reconciling top-down and bottom-up modeling on future bioenergy deployment, and implications for a risk-based paradigm shift in climate change policy

Dr. F. Creutzig1 , 2; Dr. R. Plevin3; Dr. A. Popp2; Dr. G. Luderer2; Dr. J. Minx1 , 2; Prof. O. Edenhofer1 , 2; 1Technische Universität Berlin, Germany 2Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany 3University of California, Berkeley, USA

We’re All In This Together: Shifting Paradigms on Science and Society in a Shifting Global Landscape

A. Helfgott1; J. Vervoort1; J. Ravetz1; R. Ramirez1; 1University of Oxford, UK

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