Platform for City Culture and Public Debate


Climate Politics

w/ Joyeeta Gupta, Heleen de Coninck & Derk Loorbach

Date: 25 April 2022
Time: 20:00 (drinks 19:30)
Location: BlueCity, Maasboulevard 100
Admission: € 10,00 (regular) / € 6,00 (reduction for -26/students/jobseekers)
Language: English

Thirty months. That is the time the world now has for global greenhouse gas emissions to start to fall. If not, we will miss the chance to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

According to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the world can still hope to stave off the worst ravages of climate breakdown, but only through a “now or never” dash to a low-carbon economy and society. Greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025, and should be nearly halved this decade, to give the world a chance of limiting future heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. It is in effect a final warning for governments on the climate.

So now what? Together with IPCC Lead Author Heleen de Coninck, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South Joyeeta Gupta, and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions Derk Loorbach we will navigate through the latest climate science and what it should mean for our climate policies. What agency do we still have to turn things around? Could cities be the forerunners in the transformations we need? And as our planet is heating up: why are climate politics still frozen?


Heleen de Coninck

Heleen de Coninck is Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation and Climate Change at Eindhoven University of Technology and Associate Professor in Innovation Studies and Sustainability at Radboud University. She was one of the Lead Authors of the IPCC Special Report on limiting warming to 1.5C published in 2018, and is again Lead Author in the mitigation part of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, presented this April.

Joyeeta Gupta

Joyeeta Gupta is Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South the University of Amsterdam and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. She is also a member of the Amsterdam Global Change Institute and was Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Derk Loorbach

Derk Loorbach is director of DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions) and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is also chief curator of this year’s International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR 2022) and academic lead of the Design Impact Transition platform (DIT).

Geert Maarse

Geert Maarse is a journalist and programme-maker. Having worked for Erasmus University for over five years, he is specialized in connecting scientific research to public debate. He has a background in Business Administration and Cultural Studies. He is the founder and regular host of Studio Erasmus, a monthly science magazine broadcasted by OPEN Rotterdam. He worked on a documentary and published in a number of online and offline media (de Volkskrant, Vers Beton, Erasmus Magazine).