Climate Action Meets Narrative in Riga: Special Report on Climate Change and Cities Set to Launch with a Global Discussion on Storytelling’s Role in Driving Change.

Framing the Special Report on Cities and Climate Change: Exploring Climate Science, Policy, Fiction, and Narrative

In Riga, Latvia, a gathering of scientists, academics and experts will take place on April 16 for the scoping meeting of the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities. This report will be part of the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The purpose of this meeting is to establish the structure, focus and framework of this special report which will be the only one included in AR7.

Leading climate scientists and city experts will participate in this scoping meeting, utilizing a wealth of knowledge from scholars, city networks, and previous IPCC reports such as the Summary for Urban Policymakers from the Sixth Assessment Report. Despite existing body of work, experts see this meeting as an opportunity to broaden their knowledge, expand their perspectives and test the narratives that will shape the outcome of the report.

On a separate note, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a special discussion that brings together IPCC authors, climate policy experts and writers who employ fiction and narrative to challenge the limits of science and policy. This event features an overview of the upcoming Special Report, readings from Invisible Cities where authors collaborate with science and policy communities to create new fictional representations of cities facing climate challenges. Additionally, there will be a broader conversation on the significance of narratives in driving climate action.

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