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Dare We Reclaim Our Futures? A Systems Perspective on the Climate Crisis

May 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friday, May 24 with talk at 11 a.m. and conversation with students at noon in Girvetz Hall 2320

Futures studies deals with complexities of the world on the systems level. One of the key systemic problems we now confront is something we call climate change.

This talk will cover the specific perspective of futures studies for the understanding of climate change as a planetary problem that deals with our complex and largely problematic relationship to nature.

The talk will explore more than twenty years of experience as a researcher in social sciences and a professor of futures studies concerned with how to prepare on the national level for large-scale socio-ecological disasters, as a member of IPCC Working Group 2 on the social impacts of climate change, and as an active member of the Club of Rome, an international NGO dedicated to global issues, where he has been contributing to what is called the “Global Climate Emergency Plan.”

Markku Wilenius is professor of futures studies at the University of Turku in Finland. He is also UNESCO Chair in Learning Society and Futures of Education.

His most recent book is born out of his interest in long-term socio-economic waves and is called Patterns of the Future: Understanding the Next 40 Years of Global Change (World Scientific, London, 2017). See more on his website: www.markkuwilenius.fi


May 24, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies
Environmental Justice/Climate Justice Studies Hub


Girvetz 2320
Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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