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Part 5/5    Preconditions for Consumer Power

From time to time we’re faced with alarming reports claiming that we’re using up resources as if we had more than one planet, and in doing so, risking the well­being of future generations and jeopardizing sensitive ecosystems. Various attempts has been made to present alternative ways in order to create a development which would ensure both social and ecological sustainability.

”Sustainable consumption” is a frequented term in these kinds of discussions – but what does it mean and how does it work? By recognizing the power in consumer patterns, some advocates for market solutions to the problems caused by mass consumption. If the consumers deliberately were to start chosing products that are less harmful to the climate, the downward spiral could be turned around. But is this really realistic? And if so, how does it work on micro­levels and meso­levels?

In our last Whole Earth?­event before the summer we are happy to welcome you all to a seminar with Herman Stål, Mikael Jonsson and Mattias Näsman who will discuss the preconditions for consumer power and sustainable consumption.

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Part 4/5    Whole Earth? Concert

We want to live in a world where we live in harmony with nature instead of destroying it and ourselves in the process. This concert is our way to share our dedication for the climate crisis struggle and inspire more people to raise their voices!
The goal for the Whole Earth?-project is to gather the voices and ideas from millions of young students all over the world, The students from creative music course will make their voices heard through their creativity on stage. The concert will include six songs that will represent six important aspects, or tools, we need to create awareness and change when it comes to the climate problems.
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Part 3/5   Future of the Arctic (27/4)

In the circumpolar Arctic the magnitude and pace of climate change is more rapid than elsewhere on earth. In fact, the Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe, and is often portrayed as a bellwether of global warming. Change in the Arctic is also driven by social, economic and political drivers. These drivers too, are changing and are not independent from the globalised world of which the Arctic forms part. These environmental and political drivers, originating both within and outside the Arctic, lead to challenges but also opportunities – challenges and opportunities best dealt with well-prepared. This panel addresses two factors, often interlinked, where change, while often surprising, is also a constant, namely environmental change as well as military security, on global and planetary scales, involving major countries such as Russia and China, but also smaller locales, such as municipalities in northern Sweden.
15:00 Welcome
15:10 “Uncertain futures – environmental surprises, securitization and Arctic governance”
Annika Nilsson, senior researcher, SEI
“Climate change, geopolitics and governance: the view from Pajala”
Lize-Marié van der Watt, post-doctoral researcher, Arcum, Umeå University.
15:50 – 16:00 Short break for questions/ clarifications
“The Russian Bear—Going Polar or Still in the Woods?”
Niklas Eklund, associate professor, Department of Political Science
“Russia and the Arctic: challenges to cooperation” Ekaterina Klimenko, Researcher, SIPRI
16:40 Discussion
17:00 MINGLE!


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Part 2/5   Climate Change and Global Health  (30/3)

A changed climate means new cross-border challenges for the society as well as public health. To face global threats and challenges, different scientists join forces in transdisciplinary collaborations, such as for instance the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC’s task is to compile research and prepare the base for global and local policies concerning adaptation. Umeå University is one of the most active institutions when it comes to research within the field of climate change and global health. Many researchers from Umeå University have been working with the latest report of the IPCC’s Working Group II which covers impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in relation to climate change.

Joacim Rocklöv, one of these scientists, is head of the group working with climate change and health at the Institution of Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University. Maria Nilsson is another scientist in this group and is also part of the ongoing Lancet Commission on climate change and health.

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Part 1/5   Challenges of Global Sustainability   (6/2)

UpF invites Sarah Cornell, from the Stockholm Resilience Center, to a lecture and conversation on the current climate changes and it’s effects on human society. The cumulative impacts of human activities around the world are altering Earth’s fundamental biophysical processes in ways that present new societal and ecological risks. What are the planetary boundaries for human activity across the globe and what is the possible “safe operation space”?

Sarah Cornell has served as a reviewer and contributing author to Assessment Reports of the International Panel on Climate Change, and was a contributing author to the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment. She is currently a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of IHOPE, an associate editor of the journal Environmental Science and Policy, and a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Critical Realism. Her links with the business sector are strong, and she is a regular speaker and expert advisor on sustainability issues in industry and policy forums. She is a vice-president of the international institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and currently serves as the vice-chair of its Board of Trustees.

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