This week we have invited Ina-Maria Shikongo to talk at the Zoom lunch. Nicholas Eliades will be moderating:
”Undisturbed Under Paradise”
What happens in the Kavango Delta won’t stay in Kavango. As the WG III of IPCC just released and stated clearer than ever we must hurry up to phase out all fossil fuel, the Canadian oil-and gas company ReconAfrica will exploit the fragile and magic land of the Kavango Delta. Listen to Ina- Marias struggle to stop this new Ecocide.
Debunking myths around Net-zero and climate offsets
Conversations in connection with an Researches Desk lecture sparked collective writing by 23 RD affiliated experts and scientists of one of the most impactful op-eds debunking the myths of net-zero targets and offsets. The article was first published in Sweden at DN Debatt (4 Dec 20020) and then internationally through a translated version at Climate Home News (11 Dec 2020) with further endorsements by an additional 18 international scientists. The article was spread widely and for a long time the most read feature at Climate Home News. It has clearly helped shape the discourse around this important topic. Similar views were for example recently voiced by a former IPCC chair in a widely acclaimed article in The Conversation.
Countering the Scopex solar geoengineering project set for Kiruna, Northern Sweden
After unexpected announcement of geo-engineering research plans for Sweden by a Harvard research group in December 2020, Researchers Desk provided a “Hot potato session” for its members to get informed by international and Swedish scientists about this controversial issue. This lay the ground for synchronised actions and numerous media appearances by Swedish and international scientists (see for example SvD, Aktuellt, and Klotet) and also direct engagement with the Swedish Space Corporation. Members of Researchers Desk also played key roles in interactions with and mobilisation of civil society as well as the Saami indiengeous people. After combined, concerted pressure by these different stakeholder groups, the Swedish Space Corporation announced on 31 March 2021 that it would cancel the flight.
Once relegated to the fringe of the climate debate, ideas to use solar geoengineering to mask rising temperatures are receiving increasing attention from some scientists, governments, and the media. Catchy headlines about silver bullet fixes often downplay the real and profound risks that such technologies pose — including potentially devastating harm to ecosystems, increased droughts and extreme weather events, and the disruption of food production for millions of people around the world. These impacts would affect all of us, but would fall most heavily on Indigenous peoples and communities in the Global South. The illusion of a technological quick fix could also delay real climate solutions, putting both present and future generations at risk.
On June 9th, leading scientists, Indigenous leaders, youth and climate activists discuss the growing risks and unequal impacts of solar geoengineering and explore how climate action is possible without dangerous technological fixes.
Speakers include: Michael Mann, Raymond Pierrehumbert, and Jennie Stephens. Along with leading voices from movements, Indigenous peoples and the Global South: Tom Goldtooth, Naomi Klein, Åsa Larsson Blind, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, and Greta Thunberg.
The event is organized by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), The ETC Group, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Indigenous Environmental Network, Saami Council, WhatNext?, in collaboration with the Hands Off Mother Earth! (HOME) Campaign, the Swedish Stop Scopex Network, and Researchers Desk. The event will be hosted via Facebook Live. To connect your organization’s page to the livestream, please contact Cate Bonacini at the Center for International Environmental Law or Laura Dunn at The ETC Group.