Climate change and the need to change behaviour in the West

The Paris climate agreement has been heralded as a major step forward in the attempt to mitigate climate changes.

While it has stimulated action around the world, business as usual seems to be very widespread not to speak of the much-discussed American withdrawal from the agreement. Yet, time is of upmost importance if we listen to the scientists.

Timely reductions of CO2 emissions will not only be easier and cheaper to undertake compared to later ones. They are also necessary to avoid setting irreversible climate changes in motion that have unpredictable consequences.

Professor Kevin Anderson is a central academic voice, who has gained widespread attention by pointing to the potential dangers of tech solutions and highlighting the need for substantial behavioural change in the West. He presents very concrete suggestions to the questions of what to do and where to prioritise action.

The seminar is the first part of a whole-day event on Research and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to its important subject, the seminar will highlight how research may contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. A few of the ways research can make a contribution, is by providing solid data for political decision-making, exploring and suggesting new initiatives directing the world towards the SDGs, and criticising widespread practices and policies inhibiting the SDGs.




Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy & Climate Change, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Lars Thykier, Managing Director, Association of Danish Travel Agents and Tour Operators

Peter Birch Sørensen, Professor and Chairman, The Danish Council on Climate Change

Kirsten Brosbøl, MP (Soc.) and Chairman, the cross-party network on the SDGs in parliament

Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Senior Researcher, DIIS






Lars Engberg-Pedersen



Climate change, CO2 budgets and the need to change behaviour in the West


Kevin Anderson



Comments by the panellists


Lars Thykier


Peter Birch Sørensen


Kirsten Brosbøl



Q&A with the audience



Sandwich lunch


Practical information


The seminar will be in English and live streamed on


Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Monday 23 April 2018 at 12.00 noon. Livestream does not require registration.

Arrangør DIIS
Dato 26-04-2018
Klokken 11:00
Sted DIIS, København eller livestream
Tid 26. april kl. 11-12.30
Pris gratis men tilmelding nødvendig på (ikke ved livestream)

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