Dialogue between politicians and academia is important to tackle climate change, but why is this so? How can we improve the conversation, and what is the current status on what we know and what we don’t? These are some of the questions that will be discussed when leading politicians and scientists meet at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in November. Among the participants are the Governor of California Jerry Brown, the Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen and Head of the Committee for Climate, Environment and Resource Use Nils Chr. Stenseth.
Governor of California, Jerry Brown.
The state of California is the world’s 6th biggest economy, and has the most important farming land in the United States. California faces many difficulties due to changes in the climate and environment. The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, is a person who sees the importance of a good dialogue between scientists and politicians to tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time.
Nils Chr. Stenseth, Head of the Committee for Climate, Environment and Resource Use.
Today we see examples where politicians seek answers from scientists about specific issues, and where scientists make suggestions based on their research. Still there is a need for politicians and scientists to have a broad discussion about what kind of knowledge politicians need, what scientists know and what they don´t.
The ultimate goal of the event is to raise awareness about the consensus among scientists regarding environmental issues that require urgent attention, and to ensure that politicians have ready access to the information they need. An overriding aim of the meeting is to facilitate the best possible dialogue between scientists and politicians.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters also invite to an open meeting about the same topic Saturday 10th of November. More information and registration.