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Futures from the frontiers of climate science

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Adapt and survive, or transform and thrive?

The choices we make in coming years will impact the Earth for centuries and even millennia to come. From decarbonizing energy systems to restoring nature, we must urgently shift to sustainable societies that safeguard both human and planetary health.  

Dr Paul Behrens was one of the first to measure the enormous climate benefits of shifting towards plant-rich diets. Join his Frontiers Forum virtual event to explore how a Great Food Transition and other radical transformations can avert the climate crisis and steer humanity toward a hopeful, healthier future.   

A discussion with high-level policy and climate science experts will follow, on how to accelerate the necessary systems changes to keep global warming below the critical threshold of 1.5°C.   

Paul’s pioneering analysis of the impact of dietary change on global emissions made headline news and won him the title of 2023 Frontiers Planet Prize International Champion. An expert in energy, food, and economic systems, he is also passionate about communicating science – with work appearing in The New York Times, Scientific American, and on the BBC. His popular science book, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science, describes humanity’s current trajectory and possible futures in paired chapters of pessimism and hope. Paul is Associate Professor of Environmental Change at Leiden University, the Netherlands. 

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