Fellows convened for the annual Earth League scientific symposium virtually, over two days in October, 2020, joined by students, colleagues, and invited guests. In addition to the topics below, participants engaged in discussions around such questions as, What are we, as scientists, able to say to the world now enduring the shock of COVID-19, and engage more deeply beyond traditional publications about what has to happen in the coming decade and act as a catalyzing force?
- COVID-19: an accidental experiment that improved air quality at the global scale (led by Guy Brasseur)
- COVID-19 modeling research in the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University, related to international collaborative control of COVID-19 in the future (led by Peng Gong)
- Greening the COVID 19 Response, Recovery and Redesign: Building Blocks of a Coherent Planning Framework – Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (led by Takeuchi Kazuhiko and Eric Zusman)
- How will COVID-19 shape our future? (led by Daniela Jacob, Kristie Ebi, and Rachel Warren)
- The decade of transformations – our role as the Earth League (led by Johan Rockstrom)
- Tipping positive change towards the COP26 / UNFCCC objectives (Tim Lenton, Simon Sharpe)
- What is the state of Fridays for Future during the pandemic (isolation), and what is the future of youth climate activism? (Alexandria Villasenor)
3rd of July 2019
Climate Service Center Germany, Hamburg
On the 3rd of July 2019, the annual Earth League meeting took place at the
Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) in Hamburg. Earth League
members, Earth Docs and invited guests gathered for a scientific symposium
entitled Towards a 1.5 °C world: Challenges and Solutions.
How can we realise the goals of the Paris Agreement? Led by this overarching question, participants discussed the status in research, technology and society in regard of a just transition towards a sustainable future for Humanity on a healthy Planet Earth. Talks and panel discussions covered aspects such as sustainable infrastructure, societal transformations towards sustainability, the Youth climate movement, and energy systems transformation.