An online zoom event presenting a public dialogue between Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson andProfessor Dominic Kniveton, facilitated by Professor Michael Collyer, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the speakers.
In a year when the news has been filled with weather related disasters across the globe, this session will explore the complex challenges faced by individuals and communities in the face of climate change. It will help to build understanding of individual, societal and cultural barriers to adaptation and consider new approaches to understanding loss and damage, drawing on research into non-economic loss (NELs) and damage in countries including Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Vietnam, and South Africa (amongst others). It moves the focus away from the climate crisis as an economic crisis to explore the human-side of climate impacts. Looking at how research shapes and informs international and national policy on climate change, the conversation will explore the intersection of climate change, wellbeing and health, and (im)mobility, displacement and migration from research with communities experiencing both slow onset and shock events.
Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, senior researcher at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security and University of Sussex, and Prof Dominic Kniveton (University of Sussex) are both Lancet Countdown core-authors, tracking the connections between climate change and public health, and contributors to the forthcoming report on Human Mobility and Migration of UN Environment Programme's International Resource Panel. They are also both members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Climate Emergency and Mental Health Task and Finish Group. Ayeb-Karlsson is an expert reviewer of the IPCC AR6 (an assessment report providing scientific evidence for policymakers to use in decisions about how to tackle climate change and a resource for COP26) and was a contributing author to the 2021 Global Report on Internal Displacement. Kniveton is currently involved in a number of climate-forecasting projects in Central and Western Africa to support short and longer-term development planning. Professor Mike Collyer (University of Sussex) will host, facilitate and chair the Q&A.
All those interested in climate change, policy and the climate-migrant narrative
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