Late Lunch Talk: Can We Save the World? with Tormod Burkey, CEES
Late Lunch Talk by Tormod Burkey, visiting scientist at CEES.
Can We Save the World?
With a number of interlinked environmental crises looming: climate, biodiversity, fisheries, population, etc.—why are we not acting to “save the world”? Scientists, NGOs and other do-gooders have tended to assume that once people really understood they would take action. But there are a number of mechanisms, from a disparate range of fields and experiences (political science, psychology and neurosciences, economics, international affairs, and a range of natural sciences) that make it difficult to get humanity to act, even when many of us know that we must. My project strives to get experts from this range of fields together for a seminar series (to result in an edited book) to pull together what we know, and try to shed some more light on the question “Can we save the world?” The seminar will give a brief intro to some of the mechanisms and topics that will be central in such an endeavor, and brainstorm around ideas and about how to carry out such a project.