Why This Conference?
The effort to address climate change has been inadequate, in spite of decades of work and growing certainty on the science, technology, and policy solutions. A key reason for the lack of progress in developing local, national and global governance adequate to the problem is the obstruction of climate action by a sophisticated and well-funded network of organizations, connected to but going far beyond the fossil fuel industry and other "vested" interests. The strategies of those obstructing climate action have evolved significantly, recently including far less denial of the scientific reality of human-caused climate change, and far more delay tactics and discourses. The nature, role and strategy of these organizations is our focus of research in the Climate Social Science Network.
Host and Motivation
The Climate Social Science Network (CSSN)
, a global network headquartered at Brown University in the USA, was launched in October of 2020 to create community, collaboration, and communications for researchers studying actors obstructing action on climate change.
Most of the conference will be open to the public, discussing key issues of how climate action is being framed in public discourse. Parts of the online event will be closed working meetings for the working groups of CSSN, and the full network.