2nd International Symposium on
Climate Justice November 18-19, 2014

Common aims and shared responsibility

A disproportionate burden from global climate change will be placed on developing countries - many of which already encounter considerable challenges and may lack the resources to combat threats to environmental, economic and social development. Climate justice is the concept that encapsulates this stark reality: those that will be most seriously affected by climate change today are the least responsible for the shift in Earth’s climate.

The 2. International Symposium on Climate Justice Bremerhaven took place on November 18-19, 2014, hosted by The Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen in cooperation with the German Climate Foundation and other partners. The symposium aimed to address the global challenge of climate justice by facilitating solutions that more equitably distribute the responsibility of climate change impacts.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Attendees could anticipate two full days of compelling presentations from leading global practitioners, interactive workshops tailored to the most pressing climate justice issues, and premier networking opportunities with peers in the climate justice community.

 

Prof. Dr. Mohan Munasinghe, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, will give a keynote speech on the topic: 

 

“Integrating climate justice into the post-2015 sustainable development agenda"

 

The speakers guiding the conversation by inspiring new ideas and opportunities included:

  • Artur Runge-Metzger of the European Commission Climate Action program
  • Dr. Walter Kaelin of the Nansen Initiative
  • Charles Agboklu from RELBONET, Ghana
  • Jan Kowalzig from Oxfam
  • Sabine Minninger from Bread for the World

 

The format of the symposium led participants through three key segments in Bremerhaven, with an optional German-language component in the City of Bremen:

  • FOUNDATIONS, exploring the current state of international climate justice discourse
  • POLITICAL MECHANISMS, presenting case studies of international success stories
  • IMPLEMENTATION, parallel workshops focused on Sustainable  Energy  and Water Management, Improving Climate Change Adaptability and Education for Sustainable Development

  • REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT of BREMEN*, building bridges between the region and the global south

PROCEEDINGS

 

With these short proceedings we would like to give a quick insight into the valuable contributions of the forums and summarize the workshops.

 

PRESENTATIONS OF FORUMS AND WORKSHOPS

 

Please click the links below to open and download the presentations:

 

 

Keynote Address

 

Prof. Dr. Mohan Munasinghe, MIND, Sri Lanka

 

Stage I: Foundation

 

Expert Panel: Understanding climate justice: Consequences, threats to equity, and competing interests

 

Prof. Lukas Meyer, University of Graz, Austria

 

Prof. Walter Kälin, Nansen Initiative, University of Bern

 

Stage II: Political Mechanisms

 

Expert Panel: Innovating for the Future: Developing just ways to mitigate CO2 emissions

 

Artur Runge-Metzger, Director International & Climate Strategy, DG Climate Action, European Commission

 

Urška Trunk, Carbon Market Watch, Belgium

 

Sabine Minninger, Bread for the World, Germany

 

Stage III: Implementation

 

Impulse for the Workshops

 

Jo Douwes,  Department Environmental Planning and Climate Protection, Durban, Republic of South Africa  

 

 

Workshop I: Sustainable Energy and Water Management

 

Jo Douwes,  Department Environmental Planning and Climate Protection, Durban, Republic of South Africa

 

Joseph Mlinzi, Mwanza City Council, Tanzania

 

Herty Guevara, APRODIM, Nicaragua

 

Moulindu Nabendu Banerjee, India, compensation project of Atmosfair gGmbH

 

 

Workshop II: Improving Climate Change Adaptability

 

Mahfuja Sultana, German Red Cross, Bangladesh Delegation

 

Anke Mösinger, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany

 

 

Workshop III: Recognising – understanding – acting: Education for Sustainable Development and climate justice

 

Anna Heller, kate e.V., Germany

 

Michael Heiß, Naturefriends International, Germany 

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