Opening meeting of the UN Conference at the Folkets Hus in Stockholm in 1972. Photo: Environment & Society Portal

The fiftieth anniversary of the first major United Nations Conference on the Environment is a cause for reflection on what has worked and not worked in promoting systemic environmental transformation. Scientists increasingly warn that we have little time left to make a major transformation to help prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change.

On May 16th, 19th and 20th the Department of Economic History and International Relations will host an online conference addressing Nordic nations’ engagement with the ecological crisis. We will explore the historical origins of such engagement and the strengths and weaknesses of the “Nordic” ecological model. A key theme in this conference will be the role played by “mobilizations” which refers to systems to organize intellectual, ideological, political, and economic power.

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Stockholm +50: The Nordic Model of Ecological Transformation (454 Kb)