People For Earth

Climate Change Colloquium

Starting in 2021, People for Earth, in collaboration with The Seoul Institute (from the 1st to 3rd sessions) and Gyeonggi Research Institute (from the 4th session onwards), hosts the Climate Change Colloquium. This event aims to facilitate discussions among domestic and international experts on various critical aspects of the current climate system, which is striving to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The colloquium delves into topics such as the causes and background of this new climate system, the level of risk associated with specific situations, strategies to prevent surpassing tipping points in each domain, and the imperative for adapting and transforming our way of life and culture. The colloquium continues to evolve with the objective of enhancing public awareness while exploring alternative approaches during this transitional period.

1st Climate Change Colloquium 2021
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1st Climate Change Colloquium 2021 by Seoul Institute & People for Earth (2021.1.19.)

  ㅣ Our Planet, Our Future - Strategies to Navigate the Anthropocene

The Climate Change Colloquium was launched on January 19th, 2021, hosted by Seoul Institute and the People for Earth, and sponsored by Meail Business News Korea (MBN). For the first Climate Change Colloquium, Johan Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, gave a lecture on the theme of ‘Our Planet, Our Future - Strategies to Navigate the Anthropocene’.

Following the lecture, there was a discussion with Won-Tae Kwon, director of APEC Climate Center, Jung-Min Yoo, Associate Research Fellow at Seoul Institute, and Byong Jin Ahn as a moderator, professor at Kyung Hee University. Seoul Institute and People for Earth are designing the monthly Climate Change Colloquium series for the first quarter of this year. 

Following is the abstract of Johan Rockström’s speech for the Colloquium, 

‘Our Planet, Our Future - Strategies to Navigate the Anthropocene’

70 years into our new geological Epoch, the Anthropocene, when the human modern world has turned into the dominant force of change on planet Earth, we start seeing signs of saturation and Earth system feedbacks that hit hard on societies across the world. Scientifically we now know that humanity's future intimately connects the stability of the climate system and the functioning of the biosphere. An integrated approach to governing the global commons with planetary boundaries is a precondition to have a chance of delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, and enabling manageable and positive living conditions for future generations. This talk provides an update on our understanding of global risks and transformation  pathways for a future where we avoid pushing the Earth system along irreversible trajectories away from the Holocene-like conditions we all depend on.

〈MBN News Article〉