Generation 1.5°C : A unique intergenerational climate workshop – Rhodes House, Oxford

How can this generation limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in their lifetimes and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come?

22 – 23 APRIL 2017
Coinciding with Earth Day Weekend


The 2015 Paris agreement recognized that ‘climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet’. It set the world a goal of pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Climate change is a problem that is intimately part of our daily lives – from the energy we use to the air we breathe – yet long-term solutions require reimagining the fundamentals of daily life in modern society. While climate change poses such unique challenges, it also provides unique opportunities for thinking across issues, disciplines, and scales to address this unprecedented challenge.

Generation 1.5°C will be an intimate workshop for young Scholars across all disciplines – from medicine to philosophy – to discuss and reimagine approaches to addressing climate change with leading academics, activists, and public figures who work at the cutting edge of solutions to the problem. Due to the intimate nature of the weekend we have a limited number of spaces for Senior Scholars to attend as moderators and mentors, to help empower our next generation of climate champions to tackle the biggest challenge of our time. As you have previously expressed interest, we are proving you the exclusive opportunity to register before the limited number of places are released to the wider Rhodes Community in the New Year. Registrations will be on first-come, first-serve basis.

This two-day unique workshop held at Rhodes House over the 2017 Earth Day weekend will bring together prominent climate leaders with current Scholars from a variety of fields, equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to become climate champions over the course of their careers. Generation 1.5 will offer an unparalleled opportunity for climate leaders to share their experiences and wisdom with the next generation, empowering participants to mainstream climate action across a variety of fields and disciplines.

Programme Highlights
Specialised climate training sessions
Panels and interactive discussions
Rhodes House dinner and reception
Networking and mentoring opportunitie

Convened by Cameron Hepburn (Australia-at-Large & Magdalen, 2000)
Director, Economics of Sustainability, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School

Confirmed Speakers Include
Dan Esty
(Massachusetts & Balliol, 1981), Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Director of Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Yale
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshallese educator and prominent climate poet / activist
Bill McKibben, Author, activist and founder of
Achim Steiner, Director, Oxford Martin School and former Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

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