The lecture «World in Transition« is offered by members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). The WBGU is an independent, scientific advisory body to the German federal government. Its principal tasks are to analyse global environment and development problems and to elaborate recommendations for action and research.
In this lecture, the WBGU presents its flagship report »World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability«. The lecture starts with an interview that provides a comprehensive overview about the global transformation towards a low-carbon society. Subsequent lectures highlight the characteristics of the so-called »anthropocene«, including the main impacts of climate change. A detailed view on concepts of transformation is presented and aspects of technical and economic feasibility are adressed in detail. The role of the state and change agents in the transformation process are also examined. Finally, you will become familiar with some instruments and measures that can advance the great transformation towards sustainability. A special lecture focuses on the role of scientific advice in policy making and explains the functioning of the WBGU and how the WBGU produces scientific policy advice.