Green Talks 2021

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November 19, 19:00 – UN Conference on Climate change: results of COP-26

Right now, the 26th conference of the countries participating in the UN Framework Convention on Climate is taking place in Glasgow. Why is it important? How should it help humanity find a way out of the climate crisis? Can anyone benefit from global warming? What position does Russia take in the negotiations? Experts and direct negotiations participants will discuss the results of one of the most anticipated events of this year.

Speakers:

Alexey Kokorin – Climatologist, WWF program director: Climate and Energy, Nobel peace prize

Angelina Davydova – Environmental journalist, permanent observer at the UN climate talks

Arshak Makichan – Climate activist

Vasily Yablokov – Head of Climate and Energy sector, Russian Greenpeace, co-author of the Green Course of Russia program

Vladimir Slivyak – co-chairman of the Russian environmental group Ecodefence!, laureate of The Right Livelihood Award 2021

Lisa Tostado – Head of Programme – International Climate, Trade and Agricultural Policy, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

Moderator: Natalia Paramonova – Environmental journalist, observer at the UN climate talks, Ecocup festival director


November 20 – Conference at Higher School of Economics (HSE). Discussions about world and climate change

Global climate change and the associated climate crisis set the main agenda for the development of the world community. What happens to nature and climate? How does this affect the global economy? How are countries planning to adapt to these changes? All these questions we will discuss in a set of discussions and science talks organized with the support of the Higher School of Economics and the EU Delegation from Russia.

12:00-13:30 – Climate change: what is happening to nature?

What natural changes are triggered by global warming, and how do we know about them? Can the current climate crisis be compared with ancient warm periods? We will discuss the latest data of modern climatology, talk about the dangerous consequences of climate change and the resilience of ecosystems and territories to these changes.

Speakers:

Alexander Chernokulsky – Climatologist, Senior Researcher, Institute of Atmosphere physics, RAS

Olga Solomina – Paleoclimatologist, Director of Institute of geography RAS, Academic Supervisor of the Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technologies, HSE

Michel Legrand – Glaciologist, senior researcher at Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Grenoble University, France and Leader of International laboratory of climate change, Russia

Raisa Gracheva – Ecologist, senior researcher, Institute of geography RAS

Moderator: Yulia Kuznetsova – Associate Professor, Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE


14:00-15:30 – Climate crisis and world economy

How does climate change affect the global economic situation? How are the main roles redistributed in the global economy? Can anyone benefit from the climate crisis? Will the world have enough resources to keep warming within acceptable limits?

Speakers:

Nikolay Kurichev – Dean, Associate Professor:Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE

Georgy Safonov – Associate Professor: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs / School of World Economy. Director: Centre for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Michail Yulkin – Founder and director of Carbon Lab company

Sergei Skokov – Senior expert in Environment, Climate and Energy Efficiency. EU Project: EU Policy and Outreach Partnerships / Public Diplomacy in Russia

Moderator: Olga Dobrovidova – science journalist, the Russian Association for Science Communication (AKSON)


16:00-17:30 – Russia and climate change: adaptation to crisis

What adaptation projects do we already have in Russia? How does the state respond to the climate crisis? What projects on environmental responsibility of business are being implemented in Russian companies? Invited scientists and experts will discuss the adaptation ways in Russia, talk about carbon polygons, forest climate projects, ESG and other possible solutions at different levels of state and society.

Speakers:

Stanislav Kutuzov – Head of the Department of Glaciology at Institute of Geography RAS, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technologies HSE, IPCC expert

Alexey Kokorin – Climatologist, WWF program director: Climate and Energy, Nobel peace prize

Natalia Zaytseva – Director, ESG Directorate, Sberbank

Evgeny Shvarts – Head of the Center for Responsible Nature Management, member of the Board of Directors of RUSALl and Norilsk Nickel

Moderator: Natalia Paramonova – Environmental journalist, observer at the UN climate talks, Ecocup festival director


November 21, 16:00 – Go to study: education for sustainable development

In the age of global climate change, diverse environmental problems and dramatic shifts in the world  social, economic and political life, one of the most pressing issues is the lack of specialists prepared for the challenges of the new time. With representatives of the best educational programs in the field of sustainable development, we will discuss the situation in Russia, talk about specialists and professions of the future.

Speakers:

Nikolay Kurichev – Dean, Associate Professor:Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE

Ilya Stepanov – Programme Academic Supervisor:Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development, Faculty of world economy and international affairs, HSE

Irina Gaida – Executive director, Skolkovo Energy Center

Ekaterina Makarova – Deputy Director, Senior lecturer, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE

Mikhail Babenko – Scientific Director of the ESG Study Program at the New League of Universities, Researcher at the European University at St. Petersburg

Moderator: Yulia Kuznetsova – Associate Professor, Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE


November 22, 19:00 – City, we have a problem!

What are heat islands? Can the weather kill the inhabitants of large cities? In the discussion, we will discuss the specifics of urban weather and climate, the nature of heat waves and other dangerous weather phenomena, talk about the growing risks and ways to solve urban ecology problems

Speakers:

Pavel Konstantinov – meteorologist, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Stevan Savić – Head of Novi Sad urban climate research group, Full Professor at Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad

Moderator: Yulia Kuznetsova – Associate Professor, Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE


November 23, 18:00 – Special screening: The shadow of gold & discussion

Special screening of a documentary about gold mining and related environmental issues. Why is gold mining the main source of mercury pollution in the oceans? What are gold miners all over the world sick with? How to change technology and what needs to be done for these changes?

After the film, we will discuss all these issues with an expert environmentalist.We will also talk about gold mining in Russia, discuss the possibilities of modern science to help solving ecological problems of the mining industry.

Speakers:

Alexey Alexeenko – Senior lecturer, Department of Geoecology, Saint Petersburg Mining University

Moderator: Yulia Kuznetsova – Associate Professor, Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE


November 23, 17:00 – How does the circular economy work?

Why is the circular economy special? How will it help solving environmental problems? The practicing experts will talk about the principles of the circular approach, analyze specific business cases and solutions, and discuss the possible applications in Russian reality.

Speakers:

Ekaterina Egorova – Moscow Circular project founder

Sergei Skokov – Senior expert in Environment, Climate and Energy Efficiency. EU Project: EU Policy and Outreach Partnerships / Public Diplomacy in Russia

Jordan Nadian – Customer success manager at Winnow, Food waste watcher project at IKEA

Elena Shashlova – Head of Food Department, IKEA Russia

Moderator: Nikita Litvinov – Co-founder, director at LLC Prostoe Delo


November 23, 19:00 – Old energy or New energetics?

Is it possible to solve the problems of the global climate crisis by replacing fossil fuels with renewable resources? Are there difficulties with this approach? We will speak of the prospects for the renewable energy use in Russia and European countries, discuss opportunities and restrictions appear in different natural and economic conditions.

Speakers:

Tatiana Lanshina – Senior researcher at RANEPA, director at Goal Number Seven Association

Philipp Godron – Programme Lead International at Agora Energiewende

Moderator: Natalia Paramonova – Environmental journalist, observer at the UN climate talks, Ecocup festival director


November 24, 17:00 – Ecological anxiety: who is to blame and what to do?

While we live in a global environmental crisis, there are more and more people suffering from anxiety about the future. How does this anxiety differ from all other types? How to deal with the fear of environmental disaster? Can one use it as a resource? With a psychologist and an ecologist, we will talk about the nature, manifestations and methods to work out this fear

Speakers:

Tatiana Pavlova – Clinical psychologist, author of the «‎Post_Alarm» telegram channel

Nina Ilina – Specialist of ecological projects at «‎EcoTechnology», an expert at Yandex.Q, a psychologist by training, gives lectures on ecological anxiety

Moderator: Vera Goshkoderya – Urban and climate activist


November 25, 16:00 – Citizen Science: Exploring nature in the city

The accelerated pace of life in the city increases the pace of changes in nature, which is now under the boundaries of its influence. In the situation of today’s climate crisis, it is becoming increasingly necessary to observe nature in the city. What is citizen science? And how can it help scientists around the world? This discussion will focus on citizen science, various methods of monitoring nature in the city and ways to document them.

Speakers:

Yana Plekhovich – Head of the project «People of Science». The portal «People of Science» is Russia’s first platform for scientific volunteering projects (citizen science) for scientists and volunteers

Vasily Khoroshilov – Engineer-physicist, co-founder of the community «‎Moscow.Breathe» («Moskva.Dyshi») and public air quality monitoring networks in Moscow and other Russian cities. Municipal Deputy of the Academic district of Moscow

Julia Zinkevich – Organizer of the project «People’s tree map of Moscow», a specialist in geoinformation systems in the autonomous non-profit organization «Transparent World». Engaged in projects in the field of nature conservation. Graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Moderator: Olga Khokhlova – Architect, co-founder of the architectural Bureau UTRO. Engaged in the study «‎Nature in the city», the author of the Telegram channels «Aqua Incognita» and «Nature in the city».


November 25, 19:00 – Q&A with Olga Stefanova, the director of Buromsky Island

About filming in Antarctica and cemeteries

Speakers:

Olga Stefanova – Member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation. Participant of seven expeditions to Antarctica, spent the winter (2009 – 2010) at the Bellingshausen polar station as part of the 54th Russian Antarctic Expedition. Author and project manager for the restoration of the cemetery of polar explorers in Antarctica in 2017

Olga Stefanova – Member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation. Participant of seven expeditions to Antarctica, spent the winter (2009 – 2010) at the Bellingshausen polar station as part of the 54th Russian Antarctic Expedition. Author and project manager for the restoration of the cemetery of polar explorers in Antarctica in 2017

Moderator: Natalia Paramonova – Environmental journalist, observer at the UN climate talks, Ecocup festival director


November 26, 19:00 – Q&A with Paolo Sodi and Alessio Bariviera about the film «Blood Scales»

About how to make films about wildlife and undercover

Speakers:

Paolo Sodi – Director, leading documentary filmmaker and a Sony Europe ambassador to the company’s CineAlta brand for cutting-edge technologies

Alessio Bariviera – Producer, conservationist, explorer

Moderator: Irina Shaepman (Zhuravleva) – The head of the art project «‎LES», the studio of the nature documentary LESFILM, curator of exhibition projects about the forest, and director of the media project «Forest Stories» and the documentary «‎Bears of Kamchatka. The beginning of life».


November 26, 17:00 – Can the forest save us from climate crisis?

Do the forests really play the role of «the planet lungs»? How much carbon do they absorb? How and why do we need to preserve the old growth forest? How effective is it to develop forest plantations in abandoned areas? During the lecture, we will talk about forest climate projects, discuss the prospects for Russia and how to use the forest zone to adapt to climate change.

Speakers:

Dmitry Zamolodchikov – Professor, Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE

Moderator: Natalia Paramonova – Environmental journalist, observer at the UN climate talks, Ecocup festival director


November 27, 16:00 – Resilience to the Climate Change in the Rural and  Urban Areas: Challenges and Solutions

The impact of climate change on the rural and urban areas will be discussed. Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Risk Management will be also addressed since they are very important issues in many regions of the world. Finally, the challenges and existing solutions will be presented and detailed.

Speakers:

Elizabeth Supeno – Senior EU Expert in Environmental Management and Climate Change, DRR and DRM, Member of The Board of Climate Institute

Moderator: Natalia Paramonova – Environmental journalist, observer at the UN climate talks, Ecocup festival director


November 27, 18:00 – Q&A with Pernille Rose Grønkjærand Per Sandholt about SOLUTIONS

About what it’s like to lock yourself up with scientists for 10 days for the sake of a higher goal

Speakers:

Pernille Rose Grønkjær – Film Director, Acclaimed and award-winning director. A member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – The Oscar Academy.

Per Sandholt – Film writer/editor

Moderator: Anastasia Laukkanen – Ecocup festival co-founder, Co-author of the course «Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development» at the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences


November 28, 13:00 – (Un)sustainable fashion

How does the fashion industry respond to the global environmental crisis? How are supply and demand changing in the fashion world? What is the difference between fast and sustainable fashion? We will talk about new trends and their longevity, find out how changes in consumer behavior are already affecting the environmental situation

Speakers:

Liudmila Alyabieva – Academic Director: Doctoral School of Arts and Design. Associate Professor:Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design. HSE Art and Design School, editor-in-chief of «‎Theory of Fashion» journal

Alexandra Lavrenko – Head of Experience Sharing Programs at Vtoroe Dyhanie Foundation

Lӧlja Nordic – Ecofeminist, activist, artist, consultant on social justice, diversity and inclusion, consults the brands Conde Nast, Yandex, Levi’s, BeFree, etc.

Moderator: Anastasia Prikazchikova – journalist and ecobloger @imorganicblog


November 29, 19:00 – Diseases and climate change

Can you catch malaria in Moscow? Where does West Nile fever come from in Russia? How is encephalitis related to climate change? At the lecture, we will discuss the risks of the spread of natural focal diseases, talk about medical geography global and local changes.

Speakers:

Varvara Mironova – Medical geographer, senior researcher at the Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Moderator: Yulia Kuznetsova – Associate Professor, Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, HSE