Workshop: “Still Taking a Lead? The European Union in International Climate Change Politics” in Hull on 24-25 September 2015

I took part in the workshop via phone conference. The title of my presentation and draft chapter title for the planned book publication is “Green economy or grey status quo – a Polish clash over climate and energy policy”.

The workshop was organised by the Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS) at the Univeristy of Hull on 24-25 September in Hull in Great Britain.

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the draft chapters for an edited book publication “Still Taking a Lead? The European Union in International Climate Change Politics”. The book is going to be edited by Rüdiger Wurzel and James Connelly (both Hull University) and will be published probably next year.

Here you may find my Powerpoint presentation.

Conference on energy crisis and energy security on 17 June in Warsaw

The conference is going to take place in the Polish Parliament (Sejm) on 17 June. The title of my presentation is: “Germany’s Scenario and Prepartion in Case of Global Energy Crisis” (in Polish: “Scenariusz i przygotowania Niemiec na wypadek (globalnego) kryzysu energetycznego”).

It is organized by the Environmental Assiociation EKO-UNIA (Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczne EKO-UNIA), Nationawide Coalition “Development YES – Open-cast Mining NO” (Ogolnopolska Koalicja “Rozwoj TAK – Odkrywki NIE”) and Anna Grodzka, Member of the Polish Parliament from the Green Party.

Description of the conference at the organizers’ website:

Celem konferencji jest przeanalizowanie skali zagrozenia wynikajacego z prognozowanego przez wielu naukowcow zalamania sie globalnego bezpieczenstwa dostaw energii. Wiaze sie to z wyczerpywaniem sie zasobow paliw kopalnych, na jakich oparta jest glownie dotychczasowa gospodarka Polski i wiekszosci krajow. Dennis Meadows, swiatowej slawy naukowiec, autor raportu Klubu Rzymskiego (Granice wzrostu, 1972) ostrzega, ze juz przed rokiem 2020 mozna sie spodziewac wyczerpania strategicznych paliw kopalnych, gospodarczego upadku i rozpoczecia gwaltownej redukcji populacji.

Zasadniczym celem konferencji jest podkreslenie wagi polityki energetycznej kraju dla strategii bezpieczenstwa narodowego, z mysla o terazniejszych i przyszlych pokoleniach.

Here is more information about the conference.

Here you may watch the press conference that too place before the conference.

Here you may watch the video taken at the conference and the panel discussion.

Presentation from the Intensive Programme of the MA in Euroculture “European Environments: How a New Climate is Changing the Old World”

The power-point presentation (in English) entitled “Bringing energy to the people – what Poland, Europe and the world really need?” that I prepared for my talk during the panel: “The Climate of European Politics: Climate Change, Europe and the World” during the Intensive Programme of the MA in Euroculture “European Environments: How a New Climate is Changing the Old World” on 23 June  in Cracov is available here:

Presentation “Bringing energy to the people: what Poland, Europe and the world really need?”, Karolina Jankowska

Speech during the Intensive Programme of the MA in Euroculture “European Environments: How a New Climate is Changing the Old World”

The Intensive Programme of the MA in Euroculture ”European Environments: How a New Climate is Changing the Old Wolrd” is going to take place at the Jagiellonian University in Cracov from 22 to 29 June. I am going to give a speech during the opening panel: “The Climate of European Politics”. The title of my speech is: “Bringing energy to the people: what Poland, Europe and the world really need”.

Some European states and the European Union are widely seen as leaders in global environmental issues. Various European states have gone furthest in moving toward sustainable energy policies; EU environmental standards are among the most stringent in the world. But the politics surrounding climate change are highly complex. Within Europe, there are wide differences among European states’ responses to environmental change, and in how voters and political leaders perceive the issue. Increased public awareness of the dangers of climate change does not seem fundamentally to have changed voting behavior on the national or European level. On the global level, complex issues of political, economic, and soft power make it unclear whether the EU is really able to offer global leadership in promoting sustainable development.

Here students are invited to explore the issues and themes in which European integration, international politics, and global environmental issues meet and intersect. How does climate change affect the EU’s relations with, for example, China, Russia, Brazil, or the United States? How is the warming of the Arctic (raising the prospect of ice-free summers in the near future) affecting European energy, security, and trade policy? Are there European success stories like international cooperation in cleaning up the Rhine, or the development of European emission standards that can inspire transnational environmental cooperation elsewhere? Or does Europe’s current crisis undermine the Union’s ability to take up a leadership role? Does the rest of the world even want such leadership? Within the EU, can environmental crisis be a force that deepens European integration, or only a further strain on the Union? How, for example, will the EU respond to the expected influx of so-called climate refugees, driven from their homes by rising sea levels or desertification? What links Europe’s financial crisis and the crisis of European institutions to the problems of climate change? Could so-called ecological economics offer fresh solutions to the crisis of the eurozone? Finally, how can we best understand the interplay of local, national, European, and global forces that drive European governments’ responses (or lack thereof) to ecological concerns?

More information about the conference as well as its programme are available on the website of the Intensive Programme of the MA in Euroculture.