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 also 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. People in the Global South are already exposed to drought, forest fires, flooding and water shortages. According to the UN, there were some 270 million migrants worldwide in 2020. Recent forecasts predict that the climate crisis will force up to 1.2 billion people to leave their home countries by 2050.
How does the outside world view Europe and which expectations does this view give rise to? Which role and responsibility does Europe have? Which significance do cities and regions have? How can common and coordinated approaches be developed to ensure that human dignity is protected in global migration movements, in particular in those involving refugees?
In Stuttgart, the discussion series Totally Glocally addresses current questions about the interaction between global and local structures. International experts talk about the interaction between the global and the local. Full recordings of this and other Totally Glocally panel sessions are available on ifa’s YouTube Channel. Find out more on the programme on the ifa website.