Whose World is Ending? Discussing Climate by Learning to Listen

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It’s the end of the world as we know it. But whose world is actually ending? The climate debate has a massive problem: Its discourses, scenarios and prognoses largely cater to the interests of the Global North. Three speakers provided new perspectives: political geographer and radio maker AM Kanngieser (Australia), whose work on imperiled Pacific islands urges us to cooperate on the frontlines of climate change, high school student and environmental activist Clara Mayer (Germany), who dares to confront the corporate and political elites with the uncomfortable truths of climate change, and the poet and philosopher Sudesh Mishra (Fiji), who mobilizes indigenous cosmologies as sources of inspiration vis-à-vis environmental havoc. Moderated by Abiol Lual Deng (South-Sudan/US), who is an international relations expert and humanitarian policy consultant, the public assembly on the opening of the Berliner Gazette’s 20th anniversary conference “More World” was surrounded by golden thermal blankets, a reminder of the ongoing struggles around the globe: The blankets signal a state of emergency, whether they are covering hypothermic human bodies on Mediterranean shores, being used by climate protesters occupying public spaces at night, or as banners at anti-fascist rallies in German cities. The golden blankets connected the speeches and discussions, and they seemed to intensify the bristling energy of the speakers and the audience. The session was recorded at the ZK/U on October 10, 2019, and can be listened to by pressing the play button above.

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