Special guests John D. Liu and Dr. Jem Bendell join Dr. Peter Carter, Paul Beckwith and Regina Valdez at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, to discuss the topic of adaptation and mitigation with respect to climate change.
The response to the climate emergency requires both mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation refers to efforts to reduce or prevent emission of greenhouse gases. Adaptation is the process of adjusting to current or expected impacts of climate change. The need for adaptation varies from one location to another, depending on the risk to human or ecological systems.
The panel will present various facets of the urgent need for a mitigation and adaptation response such as covered in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment report as well as the need for governments, corporations and the media to communicate to citizens in a more meaningful way when describing the gravity of the climate crisis and the consequent societal and behavioral changes that will be needed.
The panel will also cover the topic of the restoration of ecosystems, technological innovations such as renewable energy, various means of drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as well as various forms of solar radiation management.
This video was recorded on November 9th, 2022 and published on December 4th, 2022.
John D. Liu - Journalist, filmmaker, ecologist and Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation, whose work has helped to show that it is possible to restore natural ecological systems. He is the founder of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Movement that has, together with many partners, created 56 Ecosystem Restoration Camps throughout the world. John has produced, filmed, written, directed, and presented dozens of films on Environment and Ecology that have aired on the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and other networks.
Dr Jem Bendell is a full Professor of Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cumbria (part-time) as well as Founder of the Deep Adaptation Forum, co-Founder of the International Scholars’ Warning and publisher of the Deep Adaptation Quarterly. He focuses on leadership and communications for social change, as well as approaches that may help humanity face climate-induced disruption. He is a singer-songwriter with the band Sambiloto. A longer biography is available on his website.
Dr. Peter Carter - MD, Expert IPCC Reviewer and the director of the Climate Emergency Institute
Paul Beckwith - Climate Systems Scientist. Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Paleoclimatology Laboratory as well as at Carleton University
Regina Valdez - Program Director, Climate Reality Project, NYC. GreenFaith Fellow and LEED Green Associate
Charles Gregoire – Climate Reality Leader, Electrical Engineer, Webmaster and IT prime for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum
Heidi Brault - Climate Reality Leader, BA(Psychology), Library & Information Technician Diploma - Video production and website assistant - Organizer and convener, Metadata technician, COP26 Team Lead for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum
We’d like to acknowledge these two organization without which our attendance at COP27 would not have been possible.
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