Investment, pensions, and savings: Do we all finance environmental degradation and climate change?
Description: On the one side finance and investment influence our environment, our climate, and society indirectly, but significantly. On the other side environmental and societal changes expose financial investments to new risks. Olaf Weber will present his research on sustainable finance that addresses both sides and introduce ideas how to mitigate the financial risks and how to use finance and investment in favour of the environment and society.
Bio: Olaf Weber is a University of Waterloo Research Chair in Sustainable Finance and Associate Director Graduate Studies and a CIGI Senior Fellow. His research and teaching interests centre on the connection between financial sector players, such as banks and sustainable development, and the link between sustainability and financial performance of enterprises.
Climate commitments and the next 10 years
Description: Research suggests that, short of revolutionary breakthroughs in energy and land use, progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and honouring climate commitments this decade (2020-2030) may mark humanity's final chance to avoid dangerous climate change without resorting to large-scale climate engineering. This talk will summarize the scenario-based research leading to this conclusion and its implications for research, education, and practice around sustainability.
Bio: Vanessa's fundamental training was in Physics, and she holds minors in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Speech Communication. She also holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy. She blends these interdisciplinary interests through her work on scenarios, which are common tools for collective decision-making. In a variety of contexts, collective decision-making includes many processes such as articulating aspirations and values, exercising foresight, confronting uncertainties and risks, and negotiating tradeoffs.
Thursday, October 25
11:30 am to 1:30 pm in STC 0050
Complementary lunch will be served at 11:30 am with the talks starting around noon.
200 University Ave
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G5