James Martin Fellows guide Copenhagen Conference

16 March 2009

The 21st Century School played a prominent role in this week’s international climate change conference in Copenhagen, with several James Martin Fellows contributing to discussions. More than 2,500 climate experts from 80 countries met at the Copenhagen Conference, to consolidate scientific thinking on global warming and to support political attempts to agree a new global climate treaty later this year.

Professor Diana Liverman, Director of the Environmental Change Institute, and former Fellow Professor Schellnhuber, gave the first of yesterday’s keynote presentations. Professor Liverman argued that people – as citizens, or as leaders of business, government and other organizations – can make choices to reduce emissions and support adaptation that go beyond a direct economic motive. Culture, ethics, information and perceptions are all key factors.

In total, 20 Oxford researchers were present at the Copenhagen conference, including eight James Martin / ECI Fellows.

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