Here you can read more about the content in the presentations that the conference speakers will hold

A global framework - national and local delivery
Åsa Persson, Stockholm Environment Institute
With the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 adopted in 2015, the world is now entering implementation phase. In this talk, I provide a snapshot of where the process is currently at and what are the key dilemmas to be solved – around equity, timescale, and just transition out of the fossil economy.

The Air We Breathe
Don Kulick, Uppsala University
What do local understandings of Western-generated concepts
about the environment tell us about global relations? I have worked for 30
years in a small, isolated village in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea,
and I will talk about how villagers understand "carbon trade". The concept was introduced into the village in 2009, and it led to an extended discussion and debate about the relationship between village life
and the situation in what villagers call "the countries"; which is to
say, every other country in the world outside Papua New Guinea. The content of villagers' discussions and debates reveal apt allegories about the grossly exploitative nature of global inequality today.

Doses of nature? On communication about nature and health
Terry Hartig, Uppsala University
Concerns about population growth and its accommodation in cities are driving a surge of research activity on health benefits of urban green spaces and the experience of nature more generally. The
nature-and-health field has roots in multiple disciplines, from which the field borrows terminology that is used in formulating research questions and communicating research findings to the general public. In this presentation I will provide background on nature and health phenomena and how research on these phenomena has developed over recent decades. I will then critically comment on some of the terminology now widely used, in particular pointing out problems with terms like "exposure" and "dose" now widely used in referring to the person-environment exchange from which heath benefits may arise.

Social-Ecological Urbanism - Designing responses to the challenges of the Urban Anthropocene
Stephan Barthel, Stockholm Resilience Center/University of Gävle
Today, an increasing number of scientists argue that we live in the era of
Anthropocene. This is a proposed epoch that begun when human activities started to have a significant global impact on the Biosphere of the Earth. Global drivers interact such as climate change, biodiversity loss and tele-connected urban consumption behaviours while the number of urban people is prospected to grow from 3.2 billion in 2005, to ca. 6.4 billion by 2050. This talk will use a social-ecological systems lens for responding to the great challenges related to the Urban Anthropocene.

On the Strenght of Art and the Resistance of Thought
Lasse Ekstrand, author
When art confronts the society. Can bold artistic forms of expression subvert obdurate thinking? Give form to and channel resistance? A workshop in the spirit of the German all-artist Joseph Beuys.

Can we trust the media?
Olle Findahl, Universty of Gävle
Most of our knowledge of the world outside our own daily experience we get from the media. But can we rely on the information we receive via radio, television, newspapers or the Internet? It is said that the media should not only inform but educate the public and critically review any information, but media are also part of financial profit-making companies and they operate in a social system not only with journalistic but
also political and social values. Should media report in a way that supports those values? Should media try to show people how to behave? Should media take part in campaigning? Let us look at some cases of
environmental threats and threats to the public health. How did the
media-reporting look like when the fluorocarbon gas was a threat to the ozone layer, the acid rain was a threat to our forests; when AIDS/HiV was declared a threat to people´s health, or when the Avian or the Swine flu was starting a pandemic. What about the media coverage of the nuclear downfall from Chernobyl or the effects of the climate change?

Published by: Catarina Carlsson Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2018-05-02
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