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Living with Climate Change

Upcoming conference – SAVE THE DATES – 8–9 May 2023.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: While there is broad agreement on the urgent need for action to mitigate climate change, people must also go on living their daily lives, attending to their needs and interests of themselves, their families and their community.
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Welcome to the University of Bergen, 8–9 May 2023! The preliminary conference programme is available here.

The cross-disciplinary research project, CLIMLIFE, headed by professor Kjersti Fløttum, aims to generate new and vital knowledge about the role of climate in lifestyle issues, revealing barriers and opportunities for action, and highlighting conflict and consensus. While there is broad agreement on the urgent need for action to mitigate climate change, people must also go on living their daily lives, attending to their needs and interests of themselves, their families and their community.

Climate change concerns all aspects of our lives and affects how we think about everything from our personal lifestyle choices as consumers, our political behaviour as citizens, to how we perceive the fate of our planet and the future of humanity. In addition to political measures, often related to taxes, energy and huge infrastructure projects, the willingness and interest among individuals and local communities seems to be a prerequisite for necessary actions.

Focus areas of CLIMLIFE are

  1. the relationships between people’s (notably young people’s) motivations/preferences and choices,
  2. how politicians, at various levels, perceive and prioritize people’s everyday matters within their seemingly larger and more important issues, and
  3. how media cover everyday lifestyle matters.

At the core of CLIMLIFE’s focus are citizens’ potential motivations or strategies for action or non-action, such as activism, responsiveness, resignation or rejection.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Andrew C. Revkin, Independent journalist and Climate Communication Advisor, Columbia Climate School
  • Connie Hedegaard, Former European Commissioner for Climate Action and Danish Minister for the Environment and for Climate and Energy
  • Maria Ojala, PhD, Associate Professor (docent) in psychology, School of Law, Psychology, and Social Work, Örebro University
  • Håvard Haarstad, Professor of Human Geography, Head of Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET), University of Bergen
  • Kyrre Kverndokk, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Bergen

Media Conversation on the role of journalism in climate change and lifestyle issues

with Professors Michael Brüggemann, University of Hamburg, Mike S. Schäfer, University of Zurich, and Brita Ytre-Arne, University of Bergen

Panel Debate

moderated by Anne Jortveit, Deputy Director of the Norwegian Climate Foundation: What can various generations learn from each other in matters regarding a climate-friendly lifestyle?

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

8 May

Venue: The University Aula, located in the south wing of the Natural History Museum, Muséplassen 3, 5007 Bergen

08.15–09.00Registration, coffee/tea
09.00–09.20

Welcome and opening of conference 

09.20–09.30Live music
09.30–10.15

My Climate Change – Exploring realities and possibilities revealed through nearly four decades on the sustainability beat. Keynote by Andrew C. Revkin, Independent journalist and Climate Communication Advisor, Columbia Climate School. Chair, Q/A: Professor Helge Drange

10.15–10.30Short break
10.30–12.00

Presentation of main results from the CLIMLIFE project by Kjersti Fløttum, Helge Drange, Dag Elgesem, Trine Dahl, Emil Perron, Ida Vikøren Andersen, Øyvind Gjerstad

12.00–12.30

Presentation of the Norwegian Citizen Panel, DIGSSCORE, University of Bergen, by Scientific Director, Professor Elisabeth Ivarsflaten

12.30-13.30Lunch
13.30–14.15Young people’s coping in the face of climate change: On the importance of meaning-focused coping, dialectical thinking, and defiant hope. Keynote by Maria Ojala, Associate Professor of psychology, Örebro University. Chair, Q/A: Professor Trine Dahl
 
14.15–15.00

Can we overcome the conflicting views on climate politics? Keynote by Håvard Haarstad, Professor of human geography, Head of Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET), University of Bergen. Chair, Q/A: Professor Dag Elgesem

15.00–15.15Short break, coffee/tea
15.15–16.00Media conversation on the role of journalism in climate change and lifestyle issues 
  • Professor Michael Brüggemann, Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Hamburg
  • Professor Mike S. Schäfer, Science Communication, Center of Higher Education and Science Studies, University of Zurich
  • Professor Brita Ytre-Arne, Media Studies, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen
16.00–17.00

PANEL DEBATE: What can various generations learn from each other in matters regarding a climate-friendly lifestyle?

Panelists: Maria Ojala (Örebro university), Arne Johan Vetlesen (University of Oslo), Sveinung Rotevatn (Norwegian Parliament), Gina Gylver (Natur og Ungdom/Nature and Youth)(tbc) 
Moderator: Anne Jortveit, Deputy Director of the Norwegian Climate Foundation

9 May

Venue: University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, Magnus Lagabøtes Plass 1, 5010 Berge

09.00–09.45

Climate Change temporalities: From science to vernacular culture. Keynote by Kyrre Kverndokk, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Bergen. Chair, Q/A: Øyvind Gjerstad

09.45–10.00Short break, coffee/tea
10.00–12.00Parallel sessions of paper presentations
12.00–13.00Lunch
13.00–15.00Parallel sessions of paper presentations
15.00-15.15Short break, coffee/tea
15.15–16.00

We are good at setting targets less so to deliver and implement. How to change our systems, organisations and our behaviour as fast as is needed. Who must do what? Keynote by Connie Hedegaard, Former European Commissioner for Climate Action and Danish Minister for the Environment and for Climate and Energy

16.00–16.15Short break
16.15

Closing remark