"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789



Panel: Climate Change

Moderator: Prof. Ingo Stadler

Is it still weather or already climate? Whenever we observe extreme weather conditions some are warning with the consequences of climate change while others mention this is just weather and extreme weather conditions always existed. Latest massive fires in Australia and the reaction of the Australian government are a good example for this and researchers stated that this is one of those examples where climate change can be observed.

This panel wants to discuss with participants from all over the world which phenomena with climate change evidences could be observed and how this is dealt with in societal discussion.

As SDEWES’ strength is more on climate mitigation as on climate itself we will discuss on how different regions react on this: does the people react with personal changes in daily behaviour? Are there policies with adequate plans?

Or can capitalism itself – maybe one of the origins of the problem – solve the problem starting with the latest announcements that flow of money goes towards sustainable investments?

Prof. Adonis Giorgi
Universidad de Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Prof. Natasa Markovska
Research Center for Energy and Sustainable Development - MANU, Skopje, North Macedonia
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Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.