Pope Francis' encyclical: PIK-scientists to speak in the Vatican and in Berlin

06/12/2015 - When the much anticipated environmental encyclical will be launched on 18 June, John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will give a speech in the Vatican. He's the only scientist to join Cardinal Peter Turkson for the presentation. In the run-up of the encyclical, Schellnhuber participated in a number of workshops organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The document issued by the leader of more than one billion Catholics around the world is expected to be an important signal on the road to a global agreement on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions which will be negotiated by governements at the world climate summit in Paris later this year.
Pope Francis' encyclical: PIK-scientists to speak in the Vatican and in Berlin

Also on 18 June Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of PIK and director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, together with Bishop Bernd Uhl will discuss the encyclical at the Catholic Academy Berlin in front of likely 250 guests. The atmosphere as a global common will be a central issue here. Edenhofer, too, had been consulted by the Vatican in the run-up of the encyclical. On 1 July, he will debate the Pope's messages with Cardinal Turkson and author Naomi Klein ("Capitalism versus Climate") in Rome.


Weblink where journalists can register for the Vatican presentation of the encyclical

Weblink where everyone can register for the Berlin event on 18 June (in German language)

Weblink to the Rome event on 1. July

Weblink to more information on the workshops of the Pontifical Academy