Nobel laureates debate the need to react to the climate crisis

What can we do in this decade to move towards a more sustainable and prosperous future for all mankind? The first climate summit in the history of the Nobel Prize, “Our planet, our future”, which is celebrated from yesterday to tomorrow Wednesday, intends to answer this question. The meeting, in virtual format due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has been organized by the Nobel Foundation and the US National Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Stockholm Resilience Center / Beijer Institute.

“If at some point the Earth becomes uninhabitable, there is no way to escape. We are linked to this planet.”

Between your impressive list of speakers They are from political representatives such as the president Ursula Von der Layen or the special envoy for the US climate John kerry, even celebrities like actors Bill murray and the brand new winner of the Oscar for best actress Frances McDormand, representatives of NGOs and youth movements in defense of the planet or even the Dalai Lama (Nobel Peace Prize 1989)

The Nobel Prize in economics Joseph Stiglitz is one of the speakers (EFE)

Among the leading figures in the fight for the defense of the environment, science and climate action, participate the former US vice president and Nobel laureate Al Gore, the environmental promoter and Prince of Asturias Award winner Sir David Attenborough, the global leader in sustainability Johan Rockström, the Nobel Prize in economics Joseph E. Stiglitz and the prestigious North American immunologist Anthony Fauci, an expert on coronavirus.

The presence of Dr. Faucy is especially relevant since one of the purposes of the meeting is analyze the capacity to respond to the pandemic caused by COVID-19 as an example of what we are able to achieve when we put all our research capacity to give response to a global threat.

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Because our future as a species depends on that collective ability to become effective stewards of the commons that the planet offers us: climate, land, ocean, fresh water, forests, soils and the rich biodiversity that surrounds us and of which we are part.

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Throughout these three days, between keynote conferences and lively debates possible solutions are being explored to some of the greatest challenges facing humanity, with special attention to the climate crisis, increasing inequality and the necessary push for technological innovation and international solidarity to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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As the famous Swiss astronomer has stated Michel Mayor, Nobel Prize in Physics in 2019, “If at some point the Earth becomes uninhabitable, there is no way to escape. We are linked to this planet ”.

For today several scientific sessions are planned in which the Nobel laureates will debate together with other scientific experts on global sustainability. Sessions will be open to everyone. The purpose of today’s journey is discuss the role science should play to promote global sustainability and create more resilient societies.

The Dalai Lama will close the meeting tomorrow (Reuters)

Tomorrow’s session will be dedicated to study of the global reaction to the pandemic of coronavirus as a response to the threat of the climate crisis and will end with a virtual meeting with the Dalai Lama to attend to your words about the need to regain balance in relations between us and with the planet. As the final culmination there will be a representation of “The Oedipus Project” in which acclaimed Hollywood actors will read scenes from Oedipus the King of Sophocles as a catalyst for powerful and constructive global conversations about climate change, ecological disasters and environmental justice.

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Nobel laureates debate the need to react to the climate crisis

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