Fictional Cities: How Narratives are Shaping the Future of Climate Change Policy”.

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

The Special Report on Climate Change and Cities is the only one included in the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A scoping meeting for this special report will take place in Riga, Latvia on April 16. Participants at this meeting include leading climate scientists and city experts who will utilize a wealth of knowledge from scholars, city networks, and previous IPCC reports. Despite existing work, such as the Summary for Urban Policymakers from the Sixth Assessment Report, experts have an opportunity to broaden their knowledge, expand their perspectives and test narratives that will shape the outcome of the report.

On a different 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 science and policy limits. 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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