Dialogue forums 2013: The (im)mobile society – Ready for the future?

To ensure our society has a sustainable future demands a radical shift from the current situation in which environmental and climate change agreements fail and rich and poor nations alike are overburdened by more and more catastrophes. At the same time, modern society’s demands on people are increasing.

Profound changes are unavoidable in Germany and elsewhere.  Even renowned bodies like the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) believe a "major transformation" is the only answer. But is society ready to support such a radical step?

In our Dialogue Forum series, leading figures from politics and science discuss contemporary issues and present their ideas for the future. We invite you to join us for these fascinating and informative debates.

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29 January 2013: Transformation – Ways forward

The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) believes there is need for a new global social pact to prepare the way for a climate-friendly and sustainable world order. "Major transformation" means placing our energy policy, production processes and lifestyles on a new footing and adapting our infrastructure to meet new demands. What form might such a process take?

Prof. Dirk Messner
Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn
Prof. Gesine Schwan
President of the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin
Prof. Angelika Zahrnt
Honorary Chairman of the BUND, Neckargemünd

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

21 February 2013: Higher, faster, further – Mobile amidst traffic chaos

Despite traffic fumes and congested roads, we want more cars, more travel, more mobility. Where will it all end? Will we succeed in transforming our motor industry or is e-mobility an impossible dream? What are the technical, economic and political constraints? How mobile will and should we be in future and on what should such a transformation be based?

Dr. Susanne Böhler-Baedeker
Co-Director of Research Group 2 at the Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal
Michael Niedermeier
Expert on environmental issues concerning transportation, Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e. V. (ADAC), München
Dr. Jens Ramsbrock
Head of Project ActiveE, Innovation Department for Electromobility, BMW Group, München
Dr. Veit Steinle
German Federal Ministery of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Berlin
Presenter: Sebastian Herrmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung

19 March 2013: Will climate change get the better of us – Or can we beat it?

The impacts of climate change can already be seen from the growing number of weather-related natural catastrophes. In spite of repeated national and international efforts, global GHG emissions exceed the very worst scenarios produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). How realistic are our prospects of getting to grips with climate change?

Dr. Ernst Rauch
Head of Corporate Climate Center, Munich Re, München
Toralf Staud
Freelance journalist and author, Berlin

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

9 April 2013: Yes to renewables – But not in my backyard!

The need for a fundamental restructuring of energy policy is more pressing than ever but it can only be achieved by massively developing the supply grid to accommodate solar and wind power – a huge challenge for government, economy and society. Will development of the grid be prevented by an incensed public, protesting that this will spoil the landscape and shatter our personal peace? Or will the energy transformation ultimately be carried by a bold and far-sighted majority?

Prof. Klaus Töpfer
Executive director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and former Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Berlin
Dr. Harald Will
Managing Director, Solarinitiative München GmbH & Co. KG, München
Ewald Woste
CEO, Thüga AG and President of "Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW), München

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

14 May 2013: Social mobility – Hamster wheel or new-found freedom
More and more demands are being placed on people by modern society and we are constantly having to adapt to change in the modern world. Some are left behind.  New family-life and work models ask much of people. Globalisation and decreasing social mobility are widening the gap between rich and poor. How can we create the right conditions, in our education system and working life for instance, to promote greater social mobility.

Prof. Jutta Allmendinger
President of the Social Research Science Center (WZB), Berlin
Sebastian Gallander
Social Mobility Project Manager, New Responsibility Foundation, Berlin

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

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