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Democratic paths to saving the environment

Civic activists and foreign policy leaders joined in conversation during a two-day workshop hosted by the project Mission Green Diplomacy - Democratic Paths to Saving the Environment on 11-12 December 2020. The workshop was a satellite event of the World Forum for Democracy and was co-organized by the Visegrad School of Political Studies and InsSciDE partner EAD (European Academy of Diplomacy).

The event addressed opportunities at the intersection of diplomacy, environment and democracy and included a panel discussion on forging consensus on climate actions through democracy and civic engagement. The session was moderated by InsSciDE’s power expert Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen and followed by interactive sessions led by climate experts who participated in the 2020 Warsaw Science Diplomacy School.

Stephany B. Mazon, Research and Communications Coordinator at INAR - University of Helsinki, and Science Officer at Future Earth Finland, centered her workshop on the impacts of climate change on the Arctic and deliberated possible future scenarios. Participants discussed the difference between climate and weather, debated carbon budgets and dove into the science behind particles in the air. Mazon also spoke about MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate), a groundbreaking expedition in 2019/2020 to the Arctic involving hundreds of researchers from twenty countries.

Next up was Andrei Polejack, former General Coordinator for Oceans, Antarctica and Geosciences at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations and an ocean science diplomacy enthusiast. His session addressed climate change impacts on the ocean(s) and engaged the participants in broad thinking around the consequences of rising sea levels and fluctuating water mass. Concluding the workshop with a quick survey, the participants reported that their main takeaway was the importance of ocean science to climate diplomacy. Polejack also recently recorded a podcast with InsSciDE researcher Sam Robinson, in which they explored the history and contemporary opportunities of ocean science diplomacy between the EU and Brazil.

The core of the workshop participants belonged to EAD’s annual Academy of Young Diplomats, a program during which InsSciDE’s first Open Conference (Krakow 2019) conducted its first science diplomacy training experience.


Published 27 January 2021

Mission Green Diplomacy - Democratic Paths to Saving the Environment
Satellite event of the World Forum for Democracy
11-12 December 2020

Organizers: Visegrad School of Political Studies and InsSciDE partner EAD (European Academy of Diplomacy)

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