Climate change is a global problem, which’s urgency is seemingly not understood by large fractions of the public and the policymakers.
Looking back into the 1980s a similar global crisis, the depletion of the ozone layer, could be stopped and even be reverted. How was it possible for our globalised community to react as one, and could the same mechanisms, which helped the Montreal Protocol from 1987 to be realised, be adapted for the 2015 Paris Agreement?
We learned from the Covid-19 pandemic that no country can isolate itself or build a wall. Everything is intertwined, hence we need a global political and social action to prevent the progress of climate change.
To turn the ship in this matter, the global community will need to act now and has to be persistent since it will take decades to stop and reverse the effects of climate change. But to do so we need to understand the mechanics of climate policy and how the public can sway the perspective of the current political elite.
These aspects and many more will be addressed by the Nobel Laureates in Physics Steven Chu and Brian P. Schmidt.
- Steven Chu, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics, Stanford University, Physics Department, USA
- Brian P. Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, The Australian National University, Australia
Moderator: Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature, United Kingdom