Academia Aestiva Internationalis 2017
Global Environmental Politics: Adaptation vs. Mitigation
01/07/ – 08/07/
The human systems and the earth systems interact with each other in numerous ways. The impact of climate on human beings, and that of human beings on climate is felt at the meeting point of these two kinds of systems. In this day and age, we are becoming more aware of the ecological strains we are putting our planet on. After the concerns about the environment in environmental politics were side-tracked for many years, there is now a global awareness rising from the urgency and importance to address the issue. A global awareness that sustainable development is the only viable path forward. There is a wide variety of issues connected with the environment that need to be addressed on a global level in order to be effective, and a broad range of legal and political considerations to be made.
The processes of adaptation and mitigation play a fundamental role in the global environmental politics. While adaptation aims to lessen the adverse impacts of climate change through a wide-range of system-specific actions, mitigation looks at limiting climate change by reducing the emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
That is why global environmental politics are at the forefront of the United Nation’s endeavours. However, to bring about positive change, the entire United Nations system needs to address many aspects of this challenge.
The important thing to realise is that the environment is inextricably linked with human rights, especially through the right of every citizen to a clean, healthy and productive environment, and other rights of the third generation. Sustainable development implies meeting the basic needs of all and extending to all the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations to live in dignity.
The Academia Aestiva Internationalis is located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, famous for its natural beauty and decidedly international academic environment. We at the Academia firmly believe that success can only be achieved by team work. This is what our Summer School is all about. Supported by lectures and assistance from top experts in the field we provide a dynamic working environment in which participants reflect on challenges, brainstorm ideas and offer policy prescriptions. Each year we discuss a challenge, besetting the international community, to which good ideas and solutions are hard to find. This year we will focus on variety of issues connected with environment that needs to be addressed on a global level in order to be effective – legal, political, and technical issues, including those regarding human rights. The Faculty of Social Sciences, a member of the University of Ljubljana and the home of the Academia will be pleased to host you. Check our programme and decide for yourself if this is the right Summer School for you this year – we sure hope it is!
International environmental law
The European Union and its environmental policies
The 2030 development agenda
Environmental migrants and refugees
Economy and environment
Pollution and waste-management
Human rights in regard to the environment and sustainability
International environmental governance
In addition to the leading experts in the field, the Summer School will offer an opportunity to research the environmental topics in practice as well. The participants will be able to join a field trip to Škocjanske Caves (UNESCO natural heritage), and to Marine Biology Station in Piran where they will get in touch with the biodiversity.
Free of charge
There is no participation fee. The organizers will provide coffee breaks and free transportation around Ljubljana. The study trip will be fully covered by the organizers as well. Foreign students can apply for co-financing of accommodation expenses (limited amount of funds – first come, first served basis). Unfortunately there are no scholarships for travelling expenses available.