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Concepts for Climate Justice: How can we empower the most vulnerable?

Totally Glocally

24. Nov 2021
14:00 – 15:30 CET

Europe from the outside: Dealing with the Climate Crisis

Climate change with the resulting global warming is the largest and most all-encompassing global crisis of our time. As an ecological crisis it stands for the misuse of fossil fuels and the exploitation of natural life-support systems, which includes the destruction of biodiversity and irreversible damaging impact on the geological sphere. Furthermore, climate change is a geopolitical challenge. It is already stoking socio-political instability, creating migratory pressure, exacerbating global inequality, endangering human rights and putting peace in the world at risk.

The economies and populations that are the main contributors to the climate crisis are least affected by the consequences. And other countries that are undergoing economic development at a later stage are demanding to use resources in a similar way to those that completed industrialisation earlier. With the European Green Deal, the EU claims for itself a pioneering role in climate protection, but does it have solutions ready that do justice to the structural inequality and unfair distribution of social, economic and political opportunities between the communities that populate the earth?

How does the outside world view Europe and which expectations does this view give rise to? Which role and responsibility does Europe have? Is there a danger, for example, of falling into old colonialist structures of paternalism through Euro-American dominance in climate agreements and the declaration of climate strategies? What is the role of global networks, intergovernmental organizations and the international civil society in this context? And what are 'good' cultural relations practices under these circumstances?


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The webtalk series 'Totally Glocally. Europe from the outside: Dealing with the climate crisis' is a cooperation event with Ecologic Institute and Climate Alliance.


María Fernanda Espinosa

is an Ecuadorian diplomat, politician, and academic with more than 30 years of experience in international organizations, the Ecuadorian government, NGOs and academia. Espinosa served as President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2018-2019). She is currently acting as commissioner to the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, as Goodwill Ambassador for the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC), and as Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, among others. Prior to her political and diplomatic career, she worked as academic and advisor on biodiversity, climate and indigenous peoples' policies.

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Barbara Marcel

is an artist and filmmaker from Brazil. Her current work in the exhibition Umbrales at ifa Gallery Stuttgart focuses on questions of ecological awareness, diversity and gender equality in Chile and global contexts. Barbara studied at the Bauhaus University Weimar, the Institute for Art in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at the Universidade Estácio de Sá in Rio de Janeiro.

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Sushmina Baidya

is the Co-Founder of YOUTHive Nepal – a network of young people promoting youth leadership through mentoring and peer to peer learning. She is also the former Regional Manager and Fellow-in-Residence for Asia/Oceania at Peace First, a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to work with young people between 13–25 years old. She started engaging herself as a youth activist at the age of 15 in Nepal committed to work on youth leadership and community development.

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R. Andreas Kraemer

ia the founder of Ecologic Institute and Director of Oceano Azul Foundation. An engineer trained in constructive thinking, R. Andreas Kraemer has dedicated his professional life at the interfaces of science, education, policy, and practice to international cooperation and the integration of environmental and sustainability concerns into all policy areas.  In addition to his leadership at Ecologic Institute and the Oceano Azul Foundation, he serves as the chairman of the supervisory board of Agora Energiewende promoting the shift to green and sustainable energies.  He teaches European integration and environmental policy in the Duke University Program in Berlin, and climate strategies in business at the EADA Business School.


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In Cooperation With

Ecologic Institute

Ecologic Institute is an independent, academic think tank for environmental research and policy analysis. Since its founding in 1995, Ecologic Institute has been dedicated to improving environmental policy, sustainable development and policy practice. They strengthen the European and international dimensions in research, education and environmental policy discourse.
Their experts cover the entire spectrum of environmental policy, sustainable development and socio-ecological research and are committed to mainstreaming environmental issues into other relevant policy areas. Ecologic Institute researches, supports and evaluates political processes on the local, national, European and international levels, bringing together actors from academia, policy making and practice. The results are in-depth analyses and innovative recommendations. They are also committed to education and cooperate with different partners from across the globe, including leading American and German universities.

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Climate Alliance

For over 30 years, Climate Alliance member municipalities have been acting in partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples for the benefit of the global climate. With more than 1,800 members spread across 27 European countries, Climate Alliance is the largest European city network dedicated to fair and comprehensive climate action. In answering how climate protection and adaptation should be practised in cities and towns, Climate Alliance pairs local action with global responsibility.

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Totally Glocally. Stuttgart Talks

In Stuttgart, the discussion series Totally Glocally | Stuttgart Talk addresses current questions about the interaction between global and local structures. International experts talk about the interaction between the global and the local. Find out more on the ifa website.


Daniela Hochstätter

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.108