The climate movements are also proposing a lexical change to the traditional narrative on global warming, its causes and consequences. The term “climate emergency” is more and more adopted. I did not systematically use this term, which I like by the way, in this series of videos, but if you follow this series I hope that you will be convinced that we are facing one of the biggest and most pervasive crises humanity has ever had to face, and of the urgency and actions that it calls for.

In this introduction I will give you a brief overview of the course and its content. I also explain the reasons for why some of the subjects have been chosen. I anticipate that some of my conclusions, in particular that of enlarging the scope of the fight against anthropogenic global warming by looking at the need – in order to make a stable step towards a long-lasting future within the planetary boundaries – of a broader cultural and societal change, will be grounds for further discussions.

Andrea Tilche, UiT The Arctic University of Norway – Introduction