Webinar: The Social Challenge of 1.5°C

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm


Join Karen O'Brien, Susanne Moser, Ioan Fazey and others from Future Earth´s Transformations Knowledge-Action Network to discuss mobilizing research around the social challenge of a 1.5°C target.
The Paris Agreement, signed by over 190 countries, sets an ambitious target to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” But what does this actually mean? 
A 1.5°C target implies an unprecedented level of commitment and engagement to profound and rapid social transformations, which include not only mitigation efforts, but adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Social science and humanities research on transformative change provides valuable insights into the role of targets in action around climate change, on whether and how the 1.5°C target can be achieved, and on the implications of failing to do so.
This webinar will explore the social challenge of meeting the 1.5°C target. It initiates a series of activities by Future Earth´s Transformations Knowledge-Action Network, which aims to mobilize a community of researchers and practitioners interested in exploring social transformations to sustainability. We welcome all to participate: scientists, communicators, and stakeholders in the fields of sustainability and global change.
A full program will be announced soon.
For more information, contact:
Rebecca Oliver, Future Earth 
at transformations@futureearth.org