Unpacking the Narratives of Climate Change and Cities: A Collaborative Approach”.

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

On April 16th, an assembly of scientists, academics, and various experts will gather in Riga, Latvia for a scoping meeting for 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). This special report is the only one included in AR7 and its purpose is to establish its structure, focus, and framework.

The participants at this scoping meeting will include leading climate scientists and city experts who will utilize 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 the existing body of work, this meeting provides experts with an opportunity to broaden their knowledge, expand their perspectives and test the narratives that will shape the outcome of this report.

In addition to this scoping meeting, 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 will feature 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. There will also be a broader conversation on the significance of narratives in driving climate action.

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