In 2030 our world will be a different one. Scientists forecast that this present decade will witness a more pronounced change in the climate than any we have yet seen. Episodes of extreme weather of all kinds will become more common, the rate of biodiversity loss will increase, water resources will decline, harvests will become less secure and an increase in migration flows will inevitably follow. How humans react to global warming in the coming decade will decide whether or not our planet's climate can be returned to a stable state.
Education will have a major role to play in promoting the transformation of society that is required to tackle the issue effectively, giving future generations a fair chance to make the necessary adjustments in their turn. An online series of interdisciplinary lectures given by researchers at LMU and other experts in relevant fields will focus on possible ways of successfully responding to the challenge.
The current coronavirus pandemic underlines the importance of sustaining systemically relevant services and strengthening resilience in times of crisis. Measures designed to mitigate climate change and promote the transition to renewable energy sources can contribute significantly to both of these goals. A successful energy transition, which ensures that all of our energy needs can be reliably met from domestic and sustainable sources is systemically sensible and confers a very high degree of economic resilience, making us immune to external shocks. In addition, it boosts regional value creation and productivity, stimulates innovation and increases the competitiveness of the economy as a whole.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert heads the Energy, Transport and Environment Section of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. In her lecture, she explains how the coronavirus crisis can provide the impetus for the creation of a climate-neutral economic model.
For full details of the lecture series, together with information on how to register for the program, see the corresponding webpage