Climate change is not an engineering problem. There are many viable alternatives to bring our societies on a pathway towards 1.5°C without relying on geoengineering. A technofix mentality and powerful vested interests prevent us from implementing them. This session will explore how we can change course for a climate-just future.
Linda Schneider works as Senior Programme Officer for International Climate Policy with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. She is trained in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on political ecology and globalisation issues. Linda has studied in Hamburg, Istanbul, Berlin and Paris. Besides advocating for radical emission reduction pathways, she is active in the Right to the City movement in Berlin as well as the German chapter of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).
Lili Fuhr is heading the Ecology and Sustainable Development Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's headoffice in Berlin. She is also a member of the Board of the ETC Group. In her work she focusses on International Climate, Energy and Resource Politics globally. Lili has been following the UNFCCC negotiations since 2007 and started working on Geoengineering more explicitly in the run-up to the COP 21 in Paris 2015. Lili studied Geography, Political Science, Sociology and African Studies in Cologne, Tübingen, Strasbourg and Berlin. She was born in 1980 in Cologne, Germany, has two daughters and lives in Berlin. She is a co-author of Inside the Green Economy – Promises and Pitfalls (2016) and blogs at www.klima-der-gerechtigkeit.de (in German).
Barbara Unmüßig has been the President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 2002. She is responsible for its strategy and programme development in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and for the Gunda Werner Institute for Feminism and Gender Democracy. Her work focuses on issues of globalisation and international climate policy, national and international gender policy, and the promotion of democracy and conflict prevention. She also chairs the jury of the Anne-Klein-Women’s Award.
Her numerous contributions to periodicals and books have covered global governance, international environmental issues, gender policy and the issue of shrinking and closing spaces for civil society. In her most recent book she and her co-authors Lili Fuhr and Thomas Fatheuer formulated a critique of the Green Economy.
Karin Nansen, an environmental justice activist from Uruguay, co-founder of REDES Friends of the Earth. She is a member of the national coordination of the Native and Local Seeds Network, an initiative that involves more than 30 local groups from all over the country engaged in the recuperation, reproduction and exchange of local seeds varieties and agroecological small scale farming. She has also been working for many years with the Network of Rural Women Groups to assert the role of women as political actors in building Food Sovereignty. As member of REDES she was active in the National Campaign for the Human Right to Water, which led to a Constitutional Reform to stop water privatization and include this fundamental right in the Constitution, as well as to make mandatory the sustainable management of water in the territories. As part of REDES team on Food Sovereignty, she has been involved in the campaign against the expansion of agribusiness in Uruguay. Within the Seeds Network she has also been actively involved in the campaign for a National Policy on Agroecology. In December 2016 she became the Chair of the international environmental justice federation Friends of the Earth International.
Silvia Ribeiro is the Latin American Director of ETC Group, an international civil society organization with headquarters in Philippines and offices in Canada, Mexico and USA, that works to address the socioeconomic and ecological issues surrounding new technologies and its impacts on the world’s most vulnerable peoples. ETC Group has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Her areas of work include research on the impacts of new technologies, including geoengineering, on biodiversity, rural livelihoods and indigenous peoples. She is a well-known lecturer, writer, editor and educator and a respected advocate for responsible international policies on emerging technologies. She has written over 300 articles for newspapers, books and magazines across Latin America, Europe and North America.
As a civil society representative with ETC Group, Ribeiro has participated regularly in meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN General Assembly process towards the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the UNGA Structured Dialogues on Technology Development and Transfer, the UNGA High Level Dialogues on SDGs, and the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum.
Since 2016 Uwe Leprich is working at the German Environment Agency where he serves as the head of the department of Climate Protection and Energy. His fields of specialisation embrace economic and ecological regulations of utilities in monopoly and liberalised energy markets as well as environmental instruments for electricity markets. Mr. Leprich is an alternate member of the Administrative Board of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) of the European Union and an associated member of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GFETC).
Earlier, Uwe Leprich worked at the energy department of the Oeko-Institut in Freiburg, the department for energy policy in the Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Federal Affairs of the state of Hesse, and the business school of the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbruecken. In 1998/99 he co-founded the Institute for Future Energy Systems (IZES).
Mr. Leprich holds a Diploma and a PhD in Economics from Bielefeld University.
Since April 2017, Bernd Nilles heads the Swiss member organization of CIDSE “Fastenopfer-Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund” based in Lucerne. Under Bernd’s leadership Fastenopfer and CIDSE work for a greater societal, economic and ecological transformation aiming at re-thinking development, to leverage systemic changes serving people and planet. He is member of the Boards of the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN), CIDSE, and Alliance Sud.
Since 2005, Bernd Nilles is also working for the government of North Rhine-Westphalia with responsibilities in the field of development and sustainability as a representative, advisor and event coordinator.
Formerly, Nilles has been working for the Secretary General of CIDSE in Brussels, where he was head of the international secretariat. On several international conferences he represented the CIDSE on issues like food security, climate justice, business and human rights, financing development and financial markets. Nilles made climate justice one of the top priorities of CIDSE and plays a key role in working with the Vatican and church leaders worldwide in this field.
Earlier, Nilles has been working for MISEREOR and in the Catholic Youth movement, engaged as a human rights activist and hold several research assistant positions. He holds a Master degree in Social and Political Science.