Sustainable Energy – Sustainable Living: Planning for Action

04 Feb - 07 Feb

20 years after the big UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro we might already have crossed some planetary boundaries leading to irreversible and abrupt environmental changes. A melting Arctic and the world’s hunger for metals and energy are leading to an increasing interest in exploring the Northern regions. At what costs is that to happen and how will it affect people? At the same time, a growing number of communities are working on sustainable energy and sustainable living solutions. The European Covenant of Mayors and its thousands member municipalities committed to climate protection are one example. What can we learn from them?

Jokkmokk Winter Conference 2013 focuses therefore on the following issues:
·    A Planet under Stress: How much human activity can the biosphere afford?
·    Climate Change, Energy Production and the Arctic: conflicts and solutions
·    Covenant of Mayors: European municipalities planning actions for Sustainable Energy
·    Traditional indigenous knowledge: A resource for today’s communities?

The World Future Council is proud to be partner of this important gathering in the Artic. Anna Leidreiter, Policy Officer Climate Energy will be speaking on “100% renewable energy regions – it is possible!“.

Jokkmokk Winter Conference provides a forum where young professionals, students, environmentalists and entrepreneurs: 1) Establish relationships with senior experts and politicians 2) Present own activities and form new collaborations and partnerships 3) Get new knowledge, experience and adventure in a unique environment and culture at the Polar Circle.

Expected outcomes:
As a result of this conference, it is expected that participants: Understand the impacts of climate change and get insight in local sustainable development strategies, acquire skills needed to share their views on energy and climate issues with others and create working groups to carry forward ideas and action items generated from the discussions.

More information about this event can be found on the conference website.