Living with Climate Change
Upcoming conference – SAVE THE DATES – 8–9 May 2023. December 1st: Deadline for submitting abstract (see guidelines below)
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
- the relationships between people’s (notably young people’s) motivations/preferences and choices,
- how politicians, at various levels, perceive and prioritize people’s everyday matters within their seemingly larger and more important issues, and
- 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, Former reporter and blogger at New York Times, 1995-2016
- 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
The changing role of journalism in climate change communication
with Professors Michael Brüggemann, University of Hamburg, Mike S. Schäfer, University of Zurich, and Brita Ytre-Arne, University of Bergen
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?
Venue: The University Aula, located in the south wing of the Natural History Museum, Muséplassen 3, 5007 Bergen
Welcome and opening of conference
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
Presentation of the Norwegian Citizen Panel, DIGSSCORE, University of Bergen, by Scientific Director, Professor Elisabeth Ivarsflaten
|13.30–14.15||Young 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|
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
|15.00–15.15||Short break, coffee/tea|
|15.15–16.00||Media conversation on the role of journalism in climate change and lifestyle issues |
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)
Venue: University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, Magnus Lagabøtes Plass 1, 5010 Berge
Climate Change temporalities: From science to vernacular culture. Keynote by Kyrre Kverndokk, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Bergen. Chair, Q/A: Øyvind Gjerstad
|09.45–10.00||Short break, coffee/tea|
|10.00–12.00||Parallel sessions of paper presentations|
|13.00–15.00||Parallel sessions of paper presentations|
|15.00-15.15||Short break, coffee/tea|
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
Reception at Håkon's Hall, a medieval cultural monument built by king Håkon Håkonsson. The reception is hosted by Bergen City Council. All participants are welcome. Read about Håkons Hall here.