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Bending the Curve on Climate Change: Are We Ready to Weather the Storm?

When we talk about climate change, we may broadly refer to a green economy, food & nutrition, education & employment, gender equality, the future of cities, health & wellbeing, restoring nature, mobilities & migration, etc., which have been studied by scientists from many perspectives as early as 19th century. However, a new school of climate-science was evolved in the early 2000s, focusing on the human imprint on extreme weather events, including floods, heatwaves, droughts, and storms.

The topic of "Extreme Event Attribution," as it is known, has gained attraction not only in science but also in the media and public imagination. These studies connected the seemingly abstract concept of climate change to personal and physical weather experiences, demonstrating that the world is getting warmer: that much is certain. United Nations also supports these arguments in its Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 13: "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts".

This also brings us to discuss the importance of food in the challenge of climate change, especially the impact of climate change on the organization of food systems and how knowledge of food models and cultures can help guide food consumption to make better use of the context. The current session featured eminent speakers were Prof. Dr. Kashif Hussain, Head of School of Media and Communication, Taylor’s University, Malaysia; Ms. Ili Nadiah Dzulfakar, Chairperson, Klima Action Malaysia - KAMY, Malaysia and Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre Poulain, Socio-anthropologist, Taylor’s-Toulouse University Centre, Malaysia & University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France who explored how to bend the curve on climate change, if we are prepared to weather the storm, and what role universities may play in the future world.


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