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Summer semester 23

Prof. Dr. Florian Kapmeier is Professor of Strategy at ESB Business School of Reutlingen University, Research Affiliate of the MIT Climate Pathways Project, and Partner of NGO Climate Interactive. He presents En-ROADS with his co-authors at scientific conferences on management and climate change, such as Academy of Management, International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, European Geoscience Union, American Geoscience Union, the UN COPs, and IPCC Germany. He led a project funded by the Ministry of the Environment of Baden-Württemberg to produce all En-ROADS materials in German. Furthermore, Worldwide, Prof Kapmeier is among the top 3 users of the model outside of Climate Interactive and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. 

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Youth participation at international climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has steadily grown. YOUNGO, the official children and youth constituency to the UNFCCC, has done organized efforts to push for more ambitious climate policy since 2009. In this lecture active members of YOUNGO will talk about YOUNGO as a constituency, achievements as well as challenges and how to lobby for change. 

1. Ben Santhouse-James : Energy Contact Point at YOUNGO, the UNFCCC Youth Constituency, and works with a broad range of non-profits and youth climate organisations to promote systems thinking and interdisciplinary approaches to solving the climate crisis. He has been involved with YOUNGO for three years, previously serving on the Global Coordination Team and leading the COP27 and COP26 Energy and Sustainable Consumption & Production Global Youth Statements respectively. He holds an MSc in Energy Systems from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on carbon removals, and a BSc in Earth Science (Geophysics) from Imperial College London. In his day job, Ben works as a Sustainability Consultant at McKinsey & Company across sustainable finance, carbon management, and climate tech, and has previous work experience in environmental policy and growth capital investing across energy transition and circular economy assets.

2. Clara Von Glasow: a German law graduate who has been an active member of YOUNGO since 2017. She served as the YOUNGO Global Focal Point in 2018 and since then has joined YOUNGO´s Global Coordination Team. Within YOUNGO she focusses on facilitating processes within the constituency and Capacity-Building for youth participation at UNFCCC conferences. In 2019 she sailed across the Atlantic with a group of youth activists to attend a climate conference in Latin America. Since then she has been organizing participation of Latin American youth at international climate conferences through scholarship programs. (last two sentences can be deleted if necessary)

3. Saher Rashid Baig: Youth advocate for Climate Justice, Human Rights and Child Rights Policy | Current Contact Point of the Cities Working Group and Former Contact Point of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Human Rights Working Group – YOUNGO; Official Children and Youth Constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) | Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force member on behalf of Sustainable Communities (SDG11) Constituency.

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In order to address the climate and ecological crisis, we need to reduce our material consumption, is lecture will show how the lessons of wellbeing research and the lived experience of happily modest consumers can help us to prioritise what is really important in life. 

Dr. Teresa Belton studied Art History at the University of East Anglia 1971-1974, during which time she was a founder member of the UEA Eco-action Group. Later, she worked in a theatre, in community learning development, and undertook doctoral work into the influence of television on children’s story-making, leading to work as an educational researcher.  She is the author of Happier People Healthier Planet: How putting wellbeing first would help sustain life on Earth   

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In our workshop, we use simple calculations to get to the bottom of the following questions:

What is the difference between terawatts and terawatt-hours?

How much energy do I need? How much can I take out of the earth?

How can I estimate my carbon footprint?

What measures can I take, what measures must society and business take to ensure the freedom of future generations?

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 Psyche and Physis are ancient Greek words that  are connected to the relationship between cognition of self dimension and environment. Climate change today is unexpectedly connecting this two concepts under a psychological condition related to the perception of an environmental phenomenon: ecoanxiety. How it can be framed into a renewed vision of human health connected to environment? This is particularly true for young generations that are more senstitive and affected by ecoanxiety, in a sort of evolutive trend being the world citizen of tomorrow.

Domenico Vito, PhD Bio-engineer, worked as Researcher at the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab San Diego State University, observer of  Conferences of the Parties since 2015 , Member of the Italian Society of Climate Sciences (SISC), Youtuber HubZine Italia for dissemination on international negotiations and organizer of the Climate Change Symposiums and Climate Social Forum. Since September 2021 he is co-coordinator and member of the scientific committee of the International Conference One Health Conference.

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 Paul Cockshott is a Computer Scientist and Marxist Economist. His CS research has covered special purpose machines, 3D TV studios, programming languages and video compression. In Economics he has done work on value theory, the foundations of historical materialism and the operation  of planned economy.

Now retired from paid work he writes and lectures online. He previously worked in the Computer Industry and as an academic at various Scottish Universities. His two most recent books were  How the World Works  and  Economic Planning in an Age of Climate Crisis. 

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In this lecture we will discuss about the #DigitalArt4Climate COP28 edition, systemic innovation for all of society climate action empowerment in the context of the UNFCCC, potentials of blockchain technology for menaingful and rewarding youth engagement in climate action and (micro) climate entrepreneurship, our citizens’ climate action app development efforts in the context of the EU INTERREG Central Europe project JET4CEour experiences with the COP27 (and COP28) Digital Innovation pavilion

Miroslav Polzer is the founder and executive director at IAAI GloCha, a UN accredited social enterprise based in Klagenfurt/Austria which aims to get everyone, everywhere engaged in climate action with culture, technology and organizational innovation (including resource mobilization innovation). Miroslav Polzer is founder of the #DigitalArt4Climate program which engages global youth and global creative community in climate action with an art competition, blockchain technology (NFTs) based resource mobilization and related edutainment programs. Miroslav Polzer is also strategic director of the Climate Chain Coalition, which is the world’s leading network of organizations that work in the field of harnessing blockchain technology for enhanced multistakeholder climate action.

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Climate scientists agree that the climate crisis poses an existential threat to humanity. Although this knowledge has now reached large parts of society, the collective climate protection measures taken are far from sufficient. What is holding back policy makers, society, and individuals from taking action? The talk will introduce various cognitive action barriers, such as the principle of cognitive dissonance, the bystander effect or the single action bias.

Clara Kühner studied psychology at LMU Munich (B. Sc.) and Bamberg University (M. Sc.). During this time, she held internships in various organizations in the fields of personal development and personnel selection. In 2022, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig, focusing on the connections between work and employee well-being.

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Prof. Balensiefen studied law and philosophy at the university of Tübingen where he received his doctoral grade too. Since more than two decades he practices as a Professor of Environmental, Building and Planning Law at the University of Applied Sciences in Biberach. There he established several years ago a climate protection management and a climate protection concept for the University in the program of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment “National Climate Initiative” (

Considering the global anthropogenic climate change with its man-made consequences, questions of motivation and means for taking actions arise:

Are we taking actions for reaching certain goals or are we acting to ease our personal conscience, to feel good or at least better? And: Does it mean that acting together requires that members of acting groups pursue the same purposes?

Depending on the positioning, the instruments of taking actions differ widely: should we move only within the frame of legal possibilities, or is there a concept of justice which legitimates even illegal behaviour? Or does the end, in the sense of preventing the world conflagration, justifies the means? And: What is the role of the scientific community in this? The operating system of science is, first, gaining and generating correct knowledge. Therefore, the theory-practice problem is inherent in it. But already in the Middle Ages the task of the professional faculties (jurisprudence, medicine and theology) was the practical implementation of knowledge, and modern professional faculties like engineering sciences, as well, are unthinkable without the perspectives of practical implementation. On the other hand, are there limits for the duty, or at least the allowance, to take actions in line with our scientifically based knowledge? In the normative scale, there is a broad range going from legal correctness over stressing the boundaries of legal admissibility up to civil disobedience or even violence towards objects or against people.

There is no panacea for all of these problems, but there is the possibility for critical differentiation and for drawing up crash barriers, which should help to prevent mispositioning that neither leads to achieve the overall goals nor to personal self- fulfilment.

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Climate policy today is facing both an ambition and an implementation gap. We need to realize that today’s decisions affect future generations and limit their options for action.
In the EU, we have committed to climate neutrality and net negative after 2050. With “Fit for 55”, probably the most important and comprehensive climate protection program has been launched. But there is no time for “regulatory fatigue”; the ESABCC recently launched the next phase of climate policy with its proposal on a 2040 climate target and GHG budget 2030-50. The question is whether the EU climate architecture is fit for net-zero. Climate neutrality means that residual emissions have to be balanced by removals. For this we need a new governance system (esp. due to non-permanence of many CDR options). The 21st century will have planetary waste management as a core task. The EU needs new institutions to cope with this challenge, especially a European Carbon Central Bank.

Ottmar Edenhofer is director and chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). Furthermore, he is professor at the Technical University of Berlin and considered one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of climate change. His memberships include, among others, the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. From 2008 to 2015, Ottmar Edenhofer served as Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Edenhofer’s scientific expertise is sought by policy and international organizations likewise. He has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals and authored a number of books. The fourth year in a row, Ottmar Edenhofer belongs to the 1% of the most cited scientists worldwide in the category “interdisciplinary science” according to the Web of Science citation index.

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Niclas-Alexander Mauß is Co-Founder of CIRCULAR REPUBLIC at UnternehmerTUM, Europe’s largest center for start-ups and innovation. Over 10 years, he helped shape the transformation of Lorenz, a SME technology manufacturer, into a multiple award-winning pioneer of Circular Economy, including the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment. He then initiated the CirculaTUM research network in 2020 as part of his doctorate at TUM and expanded it to become the largest of its kind in Germany, while at the same time managing an incubator at UnternehmerTUM. With CIRCULAR REPUBLIC, he connects UnternehmerTUM ecosystem together with large companies, SMEs and startups on the industrial and societal transformation to a Circular Economy.

With around 50 % of GHG emissions and 90 % of biodiversity loss linked to the extraction and processing of natural resources, the transformation of industry and society to a circular economy is key for the protection of climate and ecosystems. But even more than this, circularity is also a major factor for supply security and technological souvereignity in Europe and beyond. In his talk, Niclas-Alexander Mauss will give an introduction to the concept of a circular economy, show up action fields and potentials including examples from industry and startups, and explain in a deep diving case-study, how companies can transform themselves to circularity.

WINTER semester 23