International Protection of the Environment students at the University of Ljubljana have the opportunity to listen to Professor Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogata (CIR, Slovenia)

On 15 April 2019, students taking the International Protection of the Environment course at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and other interested individuals, had the opportunity to listen to Professor Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, an established climatologist and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In her lecture, Professor Dr. Kajfež Bogataj holistically addressed the consequences and the emerging solutions to the Anthropocene (i.e. the era characterised by a planetary boundaries overshoot). According to the guest lecturer, transnational engagement is essential for successfully tackling these issues – especially due to the frequent discrepancies between scientific findings and economic foundations that shape individual- and country-level actions and behaviours related to preserving the planet. Like Professor Dr. Kajfež Bogataj emphasized: ”It is not just about dealing with the problem but rather about a timely detection of future developments. If you miss the given timeframe, you remain in the position of the underpaid subcontractor whilst someone else is making profit out of the product”. This conclusion was underpinned with the observation that scientific facts as well as technological solutions lie in the palm of our hands. However, the complexity of the challenge demands not only individual behavioural adjustments but also the remodelling of the economic structures, which essentially co-create actions taken by both countries and individuals. The brief summary of the lecture was prepared by Iris Šömen.