While the countries of the Global North are responsible for the majority of historical CO2 emissions, the impacts of climate change and the capacities to deal with it are very unevenly distributed. Particularly affected by climate change are countries in the Global South - many of them former colonies still struggling with the socioeconomic consequences of colonial exploitation.
This twofold injustice is at the core of demands on rich countries to own up to their historic emissions responsibilities, aid poorer and vulnerable countries in adapting to climate change and to financially compensate those affected by climate-related loss and damage. Despite the historic decision at the recent COP27 to establish a fund to cover loss and damage, the debates over responsibility and concrete financial commitment remain difficult. These demands overlap with processes of dealing with colonial history as well as with debates on how people and societies worldwide will have to change their lives in the coming years to cope with climate change.
To tackle these issues interdisciplinary approaches are needed, as well as greater societal engagement. Artists and cultural relations actors already play an important role in fostering cross-cultural understanding and empathy in other domains. Cultural relations between states and societies could thus be an important component of international climate policy and transnational climate action.
This panel therefore discusses the following questions:
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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.