Nicole Aeschbach (Head of TdLab Geography) and Werner Aeschbach (Professor at the Institute of Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University) contributed to the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) which took place from 4 to 6 October 2019 in Heidelberg.
In their talk, Nicole and Werner presented the basic science of climate change, covering observations and impacts of current climate change, inferences from paleoclimate knowledge, the physics of the greenhouse effect and climate projections based on emission scenarios. The presentation also included the basic facts on global climate politics such as the Paris agreement and corresponding implications for future emission pathways. The aim of the contribution was to inform the participants of the LCOY about the scientific basis of climate change and mitigation options. Some typical contrarian arguments were also discussed, to enable the young people to counter the widespread misinformation about climate change.
A Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) is an event of YOUNGO, the official youth-constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is a national version of the global COY, which takes place right before the Conference of Parties (COP), the annual UN Conference on Climate Change.