SEMINAR SERIES — Tipping Point — Stockholm, 3-19 June 2022

2022.05.27

Welcome to the artwork and seminar series Tipping Point – about human possibilities within the planetary boundaries. What can be done? What needs to be done? What needs to be avoided at all costs? And what does art have to do with it?

In June 2022, the UN high-level meeting Stockholm + 50 will be hosted by Sweden and Kenya jointly. It is fifty years since the UN’s first environmental conference, the Stockholm Conference in 1972, and the ambition is to speed up the pace of the transition to sustainable and green societies, ditto jobs and a sustainable environment for all, where no one is left behind.

The acclaimed multi-art work Tipping Point by the artist duo Bigert & Bergström will be shown in Stockholm June 1–19 June. The art installation will be accompanied by a seminar series featuring international experts, climate scientists and artists. The seminars will be held at Liljevalchs Art Gallery and aim to explain, reflect as well as discuss the light and darkness of the climate emergency based on one of today’s most charged concepts: tipping points.

Man’s inability to deal with the climate crisis is driving the planet’s eco- and social system ever closer to collapse. These critical turning points – tipping points – in climate science refer to a change in the climate system that is so great that the equilibrium changes abruptly and does not return to its original state even if the cause of the change disappears. The term is also used in several natural and social sciences to explain the development of threshold points.

For those attending any of the two seminars there will an opportunity afterwards to join a special tour of the artwork Tipping Point.

Global Challenges Foundation seminars

Drama of the treshold – understanding tipping points

Friday June 3, at 4 p.m., at Liljevalchs Art Gallery

(Please note language Swedish.)

The term “tipping point”, is perhaps the most important term in the climate crisis. A tipping point is a critical turning point where a minor disturbance of a system initiates a self-reinforcing process that irrevocably drives the system further and further away from its initial state of equilibrium. What does this mean in scientific and social science contexts? How is the term used in climate science? What does it mean to surpass a tipping point? Researchers today are increasingly talking about “stressed systems” – which of our vital systems are on the verge of collapse? What does the rescue effort demand of people and politics? And can social and economic tipping points highlight crucial steps in a sustainable societal development, such as the necessary technological change or less environmentally impactful consumption patterns?

Participants:

  • Mats Bigert, Artist, Bigert & Bergström
  • Karin Bäckstrand, Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council
  • Magnus Jiborn, Head of Research, Global Challenges Foundation, Swedish philosopher and former chairman of The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society
  • Sofi Marklew, Lawyer, the youth led organisation Aurora, currently suing the Swedish state for lack of environmental action
  • Isadora Wronski, Senior Strategist, Greenpeace Nordic
  • Moderator: Linda Burenius, Head of Development, Global Challenges Foundation and renowned Swedish name within sustainability and green transition

Tilting to green – can positive tipping points accelerate sustainable solutions?

Saturday 4 June, at 2 p.m., at Liljevalchs Art Gallery

(Please note language English)

Tipping points do not only occur in undesirable contexts – such as when the forest has been devastated so that the soil has been eroded and new vegetation has been made impossible, or when the last individuals within a species have died and the species has thus disappeared forever. Tipping points also occur in desired contexts – such as when the price of wind power has decreased to the point that it is no longer worthwhile to build more coal-fired power plants, or when electric cars and vegetarian food compete with petrol and meat in significant markets. What are the positive tipping points, where are they, and how could we benefit from them? How do you get from a bad balance point to a good one? Investments and speculation are often herd movements, how far away is the global economic tipping point from a fossil to fossil-free energy bloodstream? What levers and thresholds are there to ensure that the world takes a path that means planetary boundaries are protected without social and political conflicts breaking out? And what should people and politics do to get on the right path froward?

Participants:

  • Mats Bigert, Artist, Bigert & Bergström
  • Arunabha Ghosh, CEO Council on Energy, Environment and Water, CEEW, one of the world’s leading think tanks
  • Joyeeta Gupta, co-chair the Earth Commission and Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft
  • Magnus Jiborn, Head of Research, Global Challenges Foundation, Swedish philosopher and former chairman of The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society
  • Laure-Marine Vioujard, Diplomatic Coordinator (Europe), World Youth for Climate Justice
  • Moderator: Linda Burenius, Head of Development, Global Challenges Foundation and renowned Swedish name within sustainability and green transition

The whole event is arranged by Global Challenges Foundation in co-operation with the Institute for Future Studies, Liljevalchs Art Gallery and the Swedish Research Council Formas.

/ Source of the text: Global Challenges Foundation website