COGITO Epistemology Research Centre to host event at the UK Universities COP26 showcase

The University of Glasgow College of Arts’ COGITO Epistemology Research Centre, to host an interactive panel discussion and public debate on ‘Climate Justice, Risk, and Wellbeing’ at the UK Universities COP26 Climate Innovation Showcase.

The aim of the UK Universities COP26 Climate Innovation Showcase is to provide a wide platform for the best of UK University research having a large and positive climate impact.

The wider objective of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021 is to bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The COGNITO team, based in Philosophy and led by Professor Mona Simion, was selected through a highly selective open competition. The event will take place on November 11, 11.00am-4.00pm, at the Ramshorn Theatre.

The successful bid by the COGITO team, includes talks by Professor Michael Rodi (Climate Science, Greifswald), Professor Stefano Mancuso (Plant Biology, Florence), Professor Simion and Drs Christoph Kelp and Emma C. Gordon, (Philosophy, Glasgow), Dr Giada Fratantonio (Philosophy, Edinburgh & Stirling), and will be hosted by Dr Christopher Willard-Kyle (Philosophy, Glasgow).

Professor Simion, COGITO deputy director and project organiser, said: "Some of the most important issues in how to tackle the climate crisis pertain to climate justice, wellbeing, and risk management. The central question here are often highly abstract and theoretical.

“We are excited by what progress can be made by bringing together this interdisciplinary panel to ask big and bold questions, as well as by involving the general public and policy makers in the discussion.”

 Such questions the COGITO team will investigate at COP26 include (among other things)

  • How political actors should take into account the risks and uncertainties involved in climate projections;
  • What climate responsibilities current generations have to future generations;
  • What wellbeing-related constraints should regulate and constrain climate policies;
  • How younger generations might best harness the power of new technologies to mitigate future climate risks

The COGITO-led Climate Justice, Risk, and Wellbeing event will take place on November 11, 11.00am-4.00pm, at the Ramshorn Theatre.

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First published: 8 October 2021