(Re)purposing the university to tackle the climate emergency
January 16, 2020
13 – 15 at the Think Corner Stage, Helsinki
Earth is currently facing an unprecedented climate emergency, which has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity. The need for deep and transformative action is urgent, and universities are in a key position to work as pioneers in sustainable climate action.
This brainstorming dialogue will feature 3 short talks (from a representative from the university management, a professor, and a student activist) and a facilitated panel discussion exploring questions such as: How could and should the University of Helsinki address the climate emergency? What can researchers, students and university governance do? What does a university as a climate actor look like?
University Management: Vice-Rector Tom Böhling
Professor: Dr. Barry Gills, Development Studies
Student Activist: To be confirmed
Facilitator: Dr. Ossi Ollinaho, HELSUS and EXALT
The aim of the event is to offer a forum to discuss and reflect on the university’s own position as part of a currently unsustainable society, but also to tap into it’s potential in countering the climate emergency and finding solutions toward a sustainable future with a focus on developing the basis for concrete proposals for action by the University.
The event is co-organized by The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) and the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).
The event at the Think Corner stage is open for all with no registration. If you are planning to join us from 15 – 16 for Coffee/Conversation at the HELSUS Hub Lounge (Porthania 2nd floor, Yliopistonkatu 3), please fill in this e-lomake to let us know. We ask for registration so we can order an appropriate amount of coffee and reduce any potential waste.
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