Peters, S. & J. Schwab: Virtual workshop / Talleres Virtuales
This virtual workshop series is designed to better connect the NISANSA team of Universidad Central del Ecuador (UCE) and Justus-Liebig University (JLU) Giessen. We aim at stimulating discussion among speakers, interested audience members, students and colleagues. The goal is to create a space for academic exchange that strengthens the network around NISANSA and promotes knowledge transfer on the diverse social impacts of climate change.
The sessions are hold in Spanish and are open for everybody to participate. During each session, 2-3 people will briefly share what they are working on at the moment, a reflection of the work they wish to discuss, and/or the concrete results of their research. The presentations should not last more than 10 minutes. Afterwards, a plenary discussion will be opened with the participation of the public in the virtual space and a round of questions will be opened.
Peters, S. & J. Schwab: HELSUS Global South Encounters webinar: Opportunities and Challenges of the Just Energy Transition for Latin America
The Global South Encounters (GSE) is the main ‘voice’ of the Global South theme of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). Recognizing the complexities and peculiarities of the Global South, the GSEs engage both ‘conventional wisdom’ in mainstream sustainability science and the ‘Western Left Consensus’. The aim is to develop transformative Southern alternatives. Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters is a guest speaker at this year’s HELSUS Global South Encounters webinar on “Opportunities and Challenges of the Just Energy Transition for Latin America”. The event will take place on October 31, 2023, at 3.00 – 4.00pm (Helsinki, UTC +3)/ 14:00-15:00 (Berlin, UTC +2)/ 09:00-10:00 (Buenos Aires, UTC -3).
Latin America is historically a natural resource-dependent region. This includes the extraction and export of fossil fuels, minerals and cash crops. However, in recent times, the region has been considered a strategic partner for the energy transition in the global north. This is both due to its potential for renewable energy (wind, solar) for generating green hydrogen but also because of its abundance in critical minerals for the energy transition (copper, lithium, cobalt, rare earths etc.). Focussing on Argentina and Colombia, the talk will reflect on the opportunities and challenges of the energy transition for Latin America. It will especially highlight the risks of a reloaded (green) extractivism and discuss alternatives towards a just energy transformation.
Combariza, N. & J. Schwab (03.2023: Workshop on Post-Fossil Futures (as part of NISANA Forum on Social Climate Change Impacts in the Global South in Santa Marta)
This workshop was organized by Nadia Combariza (NISANSA fellow, JLU) and Julia Schwab (JLU) as part of the NISANSA Forum: Social Impacts of Climate Change in the Global South” that took place in March 2023 in Santa Marta, Colombia. It approached the future as an open, but colonized, temporal space. Open, because we can influence it by changing policies, practices and values, among others. Colonized, because there are certain dynamics and challenges that are beyond our control or even irreversible, such as climate change and the impacts of extractivism. To explore what the future could and/or should be like in the year 2045, on the one hand we have imagined with participants from academia and social movements what a desirable future implies and what needs to be done to get there, and on the other hand what role global (and also national) challenges such as energy transition play in these future scenarios. Future thinking focuses in particular on the long term in order to imagine futures that are distinctly different from the present, which allows us to generate a comprehensive vision of how to carry out social transformation in a participatory and collaborative way.