Invitation to Oslo Extreme Dialogue on Climate Extremes

After the great floods in Gudbrandsdalen valley here in Norway and in Hungary - What new knowledge do we have about extreme weather and climate change? How can we reduce the risk of injury in the future? Such questions are the theme of the Extreme Dialogue Tuesday 18 June at 12-3pm, at the University of Oslo..

Scientists, activists, artists, bureaucrats and business people from Norway, Pakistan, Nigeria and the United States will in an unconventional way tell new stories about climate change. These are stories that are no longer all about crisis, disaster and conflict, but about opportunities to create a less vulnerable and more sustainable society.

For there are a lot of things going on around the world that don’t find their way to the news editors.


Those invited include:


  • Nnimmo Bassey: a Nigerian activist, poet, architect, and last year's winner of the Rafto Prize, He will explain how people in Nigeria are experiencing climate change and what can be done to improve the situation. Perhaps he will also tell us about the darker side of the Norway’s oil adventure.



  • Mehjabeen Abidi-Habib is a researcher at the Sustainable Development Study Centre of Government College University in Lahore, Pakistan. She has worked with disaster prevention in Pakistan for 20 years. Along with Anna Lawrence, she wrote the paper How the Shimshal Nature Trust Develops and sustains Social-Ecological Resilience in Northern Pakistaner forsker ved Sustainable Development Study Centre of Government College University in Lahore, Pakistan.


  • Haavard Stensvand is in charge of public security in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, and one of the most experienced people in climate change adaptation and disaster prevention in Norway. His focus is that one must prepare and plan for climate change.


  • Susanne Moser has for more than ten years researched how people react to environmental change and disasters. Along with Lisa Dilling, she published the anthology "Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change." She is now writing an anthology on successful adaptation with Max Boykoff.



  • Madeleen Helmer knows a great deal about the consequences of climate change for people, including on the Pacific islands of Tuvalu and Fiji. In 2002 she established the Red Cross Climate Centre in the Netherlands.





  • Cathrine Moestue is a psychologist and an expert on communication and leadership. She'll talk about how to use social norms to achieve change.


  • Idar Kreutzer is the Managing Director of Finance Norway, and he brings a corporate and an insurance perspective to the dialogue. Insurance is an important player in prevention and adaptation efforts. Kreutzer is also concerned with the origins of the problems and he speaks here about the importance of changes in the direction of a "green economy".



The findings from the UN IPCC special report on extreme weather and other new research will also be discussed. Among other things, the connection between extreme weather and climate change has been better documented than previously.

Extreme dialogue does not consist of a conventional panel discussion, but a conversation with the experimental hall where 500 people have space. Linda Sygna from the organizing committee hopes that many will come to "a dynamic and inclusive dialogue about our future."

The Extreme Dialogue in Oslo is one of five held around the world and it is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. State Secretary Arvinn Gadgil will initiate the dialogue, along with Rector of the University of Oslo, Ole Petter Ottersen.

By Lorenz Khazaleh
Published June 18, 2013 9:56 AM - Last modified Apr. 4, 2017 9:02 AM