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The Social Challenge of 1.5°C Webinar: Melissa Leach and Susanne Moser

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Karen O'Brien, Susanne Moser, Ioan Fazey and others from Future Earth's Transformations Knowledge-Action Network discuss mobilising research around the social challenge of a 1.5°C target for climate action.

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The Social Challenge of 1.5°C Webinar: Melissa Leach and Susanne Moser

  1. 1. Transformations to sustainability - pathways and politics Melissa Leach
  2. 2. Source: Raworth 2012, based on Rockström et al 2009 ‘Steering pathways within a safe and just space for humanity’ Scoones et al 2015
  3. 3. Source: Leach, Raworth and Rockström (WSSR 2013) Multiple possible pathways Plural transformations
  4. 4. Politicising the directions of transformation Whose boundaries? Whose safety? Whose goals? Sustainability & resilience of what for whom? Which pathways? Choosing and shaping interlocked with power Who gains, who loses? Planetary boundaries as power grab, undermining justice and democracy?
  5. 5. Drivers of transformation • Technology-led • Market-led • State-led • Citizen-led • Transformative alliances, hybrid governance
  6. 6. 6 Citizen-led transformations – building from grassroots innovation, mobilisation and collective action, scaling up through networks Slum and shack dwellers’ networks Food sovereignty and agroecology
  7. 7. 7 Transformative alliances – novel relationships between state, market and societal actors that challenge and rework political, economic and social structures Zero carbon energy Ecological agriculture
  8. 8. 8 Emergent pathways – involving alignments in diverse bottom- up marginal interests; small changes can add up to big ones
  9. 9. 9 Transformational politics, engaged social science Challenging unsustainable and unjust pathways, appreciating alternatives, facilitating transformational pathways Bottom-up as well as top-down Plural – to respect and respond to diverse perspectives and contexts Deliberative – fostering inclusive, democratic debate around goals, and means to get there Networked and alliance-based – combining formal and informal processes, planning and mobilisation, leadership and distributed action Politically-engaged – challenging and shifting political-economic structures; influencing policy processes; mobilising Reflexive knowledge and political engagements - in which we take our positionality seriously, and encourage this in others
  10. 10. Social Transformations on the Path to 1.5⁰C Susi Moser, Ph.D. Susanne Moser Research & Consulting Stanford University
  11. 11. % Nominations by expertise: Physical climate Ethics & equity Psychosocial underpinnings Impacts T. pathways Policy instruments Mitigation/ adaptation
  12. 12. Between the Impossible and the Unthinkable “That is where we are: Stuck between the impossible and the unthinkable. David Roberts, Ted talk (2012) Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pznsPkJy2x8 And so for the rest of your life, your job is to make the impossible possible.”
  13. 13. It always seems impossible, until it’s done. Nelson Mandela Photo:Mandela:TheManandHisCountry
  14. 14. Holding the Tension Photo: from ifcat.org
  15. 15. When an old culture is dying the new culture is born from a few people who are not afraid to be insecure. Rudolf Bahro (German activist) Bartel Thorvaldsen's Dying Lion
  16. 16. Shaping Our Response Bottom-up Top-down GlobalLocal Fast Slow Nonlinear, Disruptive Radical/deepAdaptive Linked GROWING CLIMATE DISRUPTION
  17. 17. Science for an epic challenge: science beyond the mainstream • History • Sociology • Anthropology & paleo- sciences • Psychology • Philosophy • …
  18. 18. Entering The Long Emergency If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together. African proverb And if you need to go far fast …

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