Dr Ilona Otto's Keynote on Social Tipping Elements and Abrupt System Changes

ASI was delighted to have Dr Ilona Otto as one of the keynote speakers during the On Sustainability conference on 26 February 2021. Dr Otto holds the Professorship in Societal Impacts of Climate Change at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria.

03/08/2021 | 1:52 PM

In her presentation Dr Otto emphasized the importance of a global transformation of our societies and achieving a decarbonized world by 2050 in order to limit global warming to well below 2°C. She pointed out that recessions of greenhouse gas emissions in the industrialized history so far have been often linked to socio-economic crisis, like the Second World War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the current COVID-19 pandemic. She took us on a journey from an alarming message to a hopeful solution with the exploration of her concept of social tipping elements (STEs). The STEs refer to planetary functional domains within which it is possible to activate contagious processes of rapidly spreading technologies, behaviours, social norms, and structural reorganization that can lead to fundamental societal changes towards decarbonization.

In case you missed out on the opportunity to join the session with Dr Ilona Otto, you can watch her keynote here.