The scientists met with California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment minister Vidar Helgesen. They express great concern that biological systems are failing worldwide and call for urgent action. The state of California is an example to all of us when it comes to demonstrate how local governance and initiatives can contribute to solve this challenge.
The meeting builds on the Consensus Statement – spearheaded by Governor Brown and signed by more than 500 international scientists and researchers in 2013 – which synthesized key scientific findings from disparate fields into one unified climate message for policymakers, industry and the general public. After reading an article in the science magazine Nature, Governor Brown contacted the authors and wanted to collaborate. They started a unique dialogue that continues today.
The scientists and politicians discussed top issues of concern that they identified independently:
- Crisis of biodiversity - including increased death of plants and animals and destruction of habitats that are weakening the strength and resilience of biological life on earth
- Human health impacts
- Environmental degradation
The Governor will take the report with him to the UNs Climate Change Conference in Bonn. All this builds up to California's upcoming Global Climate Action Summit in 2018. National academies have agreed to continue presenting compelling research that can help build the summit into a worldwide movement of people committed to climate action.
Nils Christian Stenseth, the main initiator, will follow up the summit at The Academy.
- We will follow up drafting a declaration on climate and environment, drafting a Policy Forum article for Science and developing a platform for "The Oslo Dialog Forum". That is a platform where scientists, policy makers, and business leaders can join forces to solve global climate and environmental problems".
Nils Chr. Stenseth, Head of the Committee for Climate, Environment and Resource Use, greets governor of California, Jerry Brown.
Leading Academy members met with policymakers on the 10th of November 2017. Photo: Thomas B. Eckhoff
First row from the left: Standford University professor Elizabeth A. Hadley, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters professor Ole M. Sejersted, Head of the Committee for Climate, Environment and Resoruce Use, professor Nils Chr. Stenseth, Governor of California Jerry Brown, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen, President of the National Academy of Sciences, professor Marcia McNutt and Secretary General of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, professor Øystein Hov.
Second row from the left: University of Southampton professor John Graham Shepherd, Stockholm University professor Martin Jakobsson, University of Strasbourg professor Yvon le Maho, University of Copenhagen professor Carsten Rahbek, First Lady of California, Anne Gust Brown, University of Helsinki professor Mikael Fortellius, University of Potsdam professor Hans Joachim Schnellnhuber, Standford University professor Anthony Barnosky,
McGill Universiy professor Graham Bell and Principal Investigator of Ecology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, professor Zhi-Bin Zhang.