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Reimagining Climate Futures: a Deliberative Dialogue on Circularity Part I

Abstract

As the world gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt for COP27, seven years after the historic Paris Agreement, climate observers noted that the climate crisis is unraveling faster than ever before. With devasting floods and wildfires, communities are seeking innovative solutions that can be scaled quickly, provide resilience and ensure sustainability for a diverse range of lifeforms. With greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continuing to climb, and the latest geopolitical threats making for an ever more complex environment, the pace of transformation of all our systems needs to quicken, all the while ensuring a just and equitable transition for all. Fragmentation, siloeing, disconnection and political polarization affect a wide range of human experiences and systems and add to the complexity of climate solutions. Research and science have also resulted in very compartmentalized disciplines where trans- multi- and inter-disciplinary research, even if more and more active, is still not very well evaluated and funded. As we increasingly realize we operate in complex and interconnected adaptive systems, researching one subject becomes difficult without considering all connected topics, and their dynamics. There is a strong invitation and a need for a cultural shift in how we view human systems and their relations to the environment. As scholars and practitioners, we proposed to convene an interdisciplinary, intersectoral and intercultural group of academics, urbanists, public servants, elected officials and citizens to develop a framework for climate-readiness based on a circular model approach. The circularity framework for climate readiness will enable communities to reconnect with hope and develop innovative collaborative ideas and worldviews together with concrete proofs-of-concept, such as in the circular city model currently tested in Europe, and scale efforts to meet the challenges of our changing climate in a relational and community-oriented way.
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hal-04095762 , version 1 (12-05-2023)

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Hanna Guttorm, Elodie Jacquet, Mathieu Leporini. Reimagining Climate Futures: a Deliberative Dialogue on Circularity Part I. SFU Centre for Dialogue; CERDI; University of Helsinki; Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions; Embassy of France to Canada; Simon Fraser University. 2023. ⟨hal-04095762⟩
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