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2019 Annual Earth League Workshop:

Towards a 1.5 °C world: Challenges and Solutions


The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) is located in the Chilehaus in Hamburg. (c) istock | C. Boeki

Date: 3rd of July 2019
Location: Climate Service Center Germany, Hamburg

On the 3rd of July 2019, the annual Earth League meeting took place at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) in Hamburg. Earth League members, Earth Docs and invited guests gathered for a scientific symposium entitled Towards a 1.5 °C world: Challenges and Solutions.
How can we realise the goals of the Paris Agreement? Led by this overarching question, participants discussed the status in research, technology and society in regard of a just transition towards a sustainable future for Humanity on a healthy Planet Earth. Talks and panel discussions covered aspects such as sustainable infrastructure, societal transformations towards sustainability, the Youth climate movement, and energy systems transformation.

2017 Annual Earth League Symposium:

Transformation Now!

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PIK's Trifoil building | (c) Luftbildaufnahmen Jokeair

Date: 23 - 24th of January 2017
Location: PIK, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany

Over 23rd - 24th January 2017, the Earth League Symposium was held at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, on the theme of Transformation Now!. The event dealt with the challenges societies are facing to prevent climate change impacts to become even more dramatic. Subsequent to the Symposium, the LOOPS workshop on 'Transformative change and social-ecological resilience in the World-Earth system: modeling, concepts and data' was held from 25 - 26th of January. A number of highly stimulating talks on the challenge climate change poses society was presented by leading figures in the Earth system science community, which served as a basis for lively discussions on possible approaches of how to solve them.

2015 Earth League Annual Workshop:

The Road to Paris


EL annual meeting 2015, Beijing | (c) CESS

Date: 12 - 13th October 2015
Location: Center for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

The Earth League recently held its second Annual Workshop, kindly hosted by the Center for Earth System Science (CESS), Tsinghua University, Beijing. The workshop’s careful timing, held from the 12-13thOctober, was crucial for solidifying strategic steps and connections in the final lead up to COP 21.

Central to the workshop was a “High-level Dialogue on the Road to Paris”, where Earth League members met with Chinese climate leaders. This was a chance for the Earth Statement to be introduced to Chinese leadership as well as the World-Earth Systems endeavour to be presented to Chinese science experts.
​Both were met with positive and enthusiastic responses. Discussion ensued between the Earth League and Chinese guests on cooperation in key future science areas surrounding the fusion of Earth systems science and societal and economic dimensions, for a critical integrated understanding of our potential future global pathways on a stable and resilient planet.

The Workshop also enabled the first official meeting of the Earth League’s new Earth-Doc (post-doc) team. The Earth-Docs, based across five different EL institutes, will be the working at the forefront of the World-Earth Systems, covering a wide range of separate critical research areas that are deeply intertwined and related in their impacts.

2014 Earth League Annual Workshop:

A World Under 2-4 degrees Warming


EL workshop in New Mexico, USA | (c) The Earth League

Date: 23 – 25th April 2014
Location: Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA

The first Earth League Annual Workshop took place at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, USA, over the 23 - 25 April 2014. This intimate workshop saw 40 selected attendees, including EL members, participate over the 3 days, where advanced discussion was held over the future of the League and on the outcomes of the IPCC AR5.
The first day was dedicated to crafting the first concrete joint projects of the EL to take place over the coming years. An intense series of very productive sessions resulted in an exciting and ambitious new agenda and set of projects for the League. This will be announced in the coming weeks.
The second and third days were organised around working groups on the themes of Key IPCC Outcomes, Energy, Water, Food, Urbanisation and Health. The WG's aims were to prioritise pressing and novel issues emerging within these topics. The results of which will feed into a short statement highlighting the urgency for action to both limit and manage climate change.

Full gallery of the workshop can be found here.

Launch of The Earth League and Inaugural Lecture

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(c) Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Date: Thursday 7 February 2013
Location: Lecture Theatre 308, Huxley Building, Imperial College London

The Inaugural Lecture entitled "Earth Stewardship for World Prosperity” was given by Professor Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center and Professor in natural resource management at Stockholm University.

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