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.

7th Climate Change Colloquium 2023 "Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future" (video)
  • 2023-11-22
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Joel Wainwright
Professor, Ohio State University

Author of 'Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future'
Discussion with People for Earth
16 October 2023


The Climate Change Colloquium 2023 jointly organized by the Gyeonggi Research Institute, People for Earth, and Energy Transition Korea, took place at People for Earth on October 16th. The speaker, Professor Joel Wainwright, a Geography professor at Ohio State University, renowned for his research in political economy, the politics of climate change, and social theory, gained worldwide attention for his co-authored book "Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future"(2018), winning the 2019 Sussex Prize alongside Geoff Mann.


During the lecture, Professor Wainwright highlighted ten 'facts' about the climate crisis and geopolitics. He presented the most likely form of the future global political regime as 'Climate Leviathan', as outlined in his book. Climate Leviathan refers to the reorganization of national sovereignty into planetary sovereignty, aiming to strengthen capitalism and establish a global order. He described the current world situation as a political crisis, with Climate Leviathan and its opposition, the far-right 'Climate Behemoth', engaged in a war, emphasizing the need for new imaginations to forecast the future.


Following the lecture, a discussion led by Byungjin Ahn, the President of the Academic Society on Biocracy at Kyung Hee University, expanded the discourse around Climate Mao and Climate X, discussing the future prospects of the international order from the perspective of climate as the most comprehensive and critical variable.