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Code red for humanity: The IPCC report and its consequences

7 September 2021
The first event of the SDG Academy: Panel discussion with first-hand insights into the IPCC-report

The recent publication of the first part of the 6th IPCC report has attracted a lot of attention. The message is clear: Our planet is in a ‘code red’ situation and immediate and large-scale reductions in CO2 emissions are necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The effects of hazards like heat and drought have become more severe, while disastrous tipping points remain a constant threat. But there is also a window of opportunity for climate action and deep societal transformation. However, all actors are now needed to scale- and speed-up the transition.

We invite you to a panel discussion with first-hand insights into the report from one of the lead authors, Prof. Bart van den Hurk, followed by a discussion among our guest speakers about the necessary measures that have to be taken now from the perspective of the youth, universities and the international community. 


  • 16.00h Arrival
  • 16.00h Welcome by Prof. Philipp Pattberg (Amsterdam Sustainability Institute)
  • 16.10h Summary of the IPCC report by Prof. Bart van den Hurk (Deltares, VU Amsterdam)
  • 16.25h Panel discussion on the role of the youth, universities and the international community
  • 17.00h Summary and closing


  • Bart Van Den Hurk has a PhD on land surface modelling, obtained in Wageningen in 1996. He has worked at the Dutch Meteorological institute KNMI in model development for numerical weather prediction, as climate scenario developer, and as head of the department on model development and climate research. He is Lead Author of the 6th IPCC Assessment Report (WG-I). Currently he works as strategic research manager at Deltares, Delft, and is part-time professor of climate/socio-ecologic interactions at VU IVM.
  • Philipp Pattberg is a full professor and chair of transnational environmental governance and policy at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), The Netherlands. Philipp is also head of the environmental policy analysis department (EPA) and scientific director of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI), the VU’s inter-faculty research institute on sustainability. 
  • Aniek Moonen is a board member and soon-to-be Chair of the Jonge Klimaatbeweging. Here, she is responsible for representing the ideas of over 100,000 young people in the Netherlands and translating those into a vision for a sustainable future. She also works on the We Are Tomorrow Global Partnership (WAT-GP), a collaboration between youth organisations from eleven countries and is a member of the Sustainability Council of the City of Amsterdam. 
  • Ivar Maas is a member of the VU strategy team and the lead sustainability at the VU Amsterdam, where he is responsible for the sustainable transition of the entire University. He has developed sustainability courses for the A Broader Mind programme and teaches in the honours programme. Additionally, he is the chair of the Sustainability workgroup for members of GroenLinks Amsterdam. He holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology and Environment and Resource Management. 

Get your free ticket here.
The event is public, free of charge and will be facilitated by using zoom. 

This events marks the kick off for our new SDG Academy that highlights each of the 17 SDGs. We have teamed up with Active8 Planet, an Erasmus+-funded programme that empowers students towards future-oriented sustainability actions and transforms the university research and knowledge in planet-centred interventions.

Would you like to know more?

Get in touch with ASI coordinator Neele van den Bongardt

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