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Below you will find all the news articles. You can also still listen to the KINcast episodes from the summer of ’23.

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The coalition agreement will not accelerate system changes.

The reactions to the coalition agreement are coming in thick and fast; joy, sadness, hope, disappointment, pride, anger… everything is passing by. As KIN, we are relieved to hear that climate policy is not completely being thrown out, as initially proposed by PVV leader Geert Wilders in his election program. However, we also see that the proposed measures do not bring system change any closer. A comprehensive vision is lacking The word “system change” (or “system transition”) does not appear in the agreement. The main agreement is clearly aimed at maintaining the existing system, while we know that our system, based on the depletion of resources, nature, and biodiversity, is unsustainable and is already reaching its limits in many areas. To work towards a sustainable society, an integrated approach is essential. Otherwise, the temporary solution of one problem will continually lead to the emergence of other (new) problems. The contradictions within the proposed measures, as well as the lack of coherence between climate, healthcare, land use, energy, agriculture, and the economy, illustrate the shortcomings of the main agreement. Climate goals will not be achieved by encouraging gas extraction in the North Sea, subsidizing diesel, or increasing speed limits to 130 km/h. The proposed “solution” for the manure problem—seeking exceptions to (Brussels) regulations—does not address our poor soil and water quality or the further decline of our biodiversity. Reducing internationalization and cutting funds for science, education, EU contributions, and development aid are not the answers to cross-border challenges. Issues concerning security, climate change, and pandemics require new and integrated knowledge. Without a systemic vision, we are merely mopping with the tap open and passing our problems onto future generations. KIN continues to work towards systemic change Systemic solutions are needed. And the good news is that these solutions are available. It is possible to save costs preventively by investing in nature and water quality. The Dutch food chain can offer solutions for biodiversity, water quality (clean drinking water), and climate adaptation. Moreover, the energy transition and biodiversity can complement each other very well. KIN will continue to focus on climate, science, collaboration, and system transition in the coming years. This main agreement primarily highlights that KIN and what we stand for are more necessary than ever for gathering and integrating knowledge to support a comprehensive and fair transition to a more sustainable world. We will continue to work tirelessly towards this goal without borders! Is there anything you can do? More than ever, we must strive to make climate-related knowledge from science usable and effective in our society. This can be achieved professionally and scientifically by joining the working groups, networks, and programs of KIN. On a personal level, there are also plenty of ways to contribute, such as reducing your carbon footprint. Further reading, in addition to the links already mentioned in the text: Publication of the 2023 cabinet formation with download link to the coalition agreement (Dutch) NWO article on the knowledge coalition’s response Reaction of Nature & Environment (Dutch) Reaction of ING economists to the agreement (Dutch) Article by The Correspondent on agriculture, arguing Why the agreement only supports big agro industry (Dutch) Article by The Correspondent explaining how this main agreement fails to solve the housing crisis (Dutch)

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Press release: Innovative research in the Dutch Climate Research Initiative’s inaugural programme promises to accelerate system transitions.

The Dutch Climate Research Initiative (KIN), established by NWO and KNAW, has initiated its first work programme aimed at accelerating climate transitions in urban neighbourhoods. The programme diverges from the conventional approach in the Netherlands by eschewing competition in favour of a more inclusive and collaborative approach to research and innovation. This approach is novel and aligns with the urgency of initiating climate transitions.

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The members of the Strategy and Advisory Board have been announced

On Friday, March 1st, 2024, the first meeting of the Pact Strategy and Advisory Board took place! Six out of the nine members physically convened for a full-day Pressure Cooker Prioritization Session in Utrecht. The members of the SAR represent (partially) various societal perspectives in climate transitions, including psychology, the financial sector, water management, policy, and energy transition.

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KIN Pact officially launched on April 18th

With a festive launch event at the Museon-Omniversum in The Hague, the Climate Research Initiative Netherlands (KIN) Pact officially went live on Thursday, April 18th. This means that societal organizations, governments, businesses, and knowledge institutions can now join the transdisciplinary network committed to accelerating system transitions.

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‘Ofcourse, I would much rather see, that KIN is no longer needed in ten years.’

He has been officially appointed as the director of the Climate Research Initiative Netherlands (KIN): Michiel van den Hout. Earlier appointed as a pioneer to get the KIN off the ground. That mission has succeeded: at the end of November, the formal establishment of the KIN as a coordinating body became a fact. At that time, he already said he would prefer to see KIN no longer needed in ten years, ‘if we have truly made strides and become a sustainable and climate-neutral country.’

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Report on the First KIN Crutzen Workshop is Live: An (Academic) Reflection on the Crutzen Workshop

Today, we proudly present the Report on the first KIN Crutzen Workshop about the Crutzen Workshop. The report consists of an introductory essay reflecting on the workshop itself, insights from the Rathenau report, and transcripts of discussions and action plans. Simultaneously, the Rathenau Institute releases the public version of their report on this workshop. In this post, we summarize the key points of these updates.

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KIN as a flotilla, football team, or motor rally?

What is the connection between productive forest walks, colored post-its with long-term goals, and user manuals for individuals? These were all parts of the team-building days two weeks ago. It was a valuable experience for team formation, where KIN is strengthening its roots to allow new fruits to grow. We summarize the key insights and what this means for those supporting our mission in this blog.

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The 3 main points and 2 next steps of the NWO NERA Energy Symposium

The symposium, organized for the 2nd time and held on 2nd February, covered the latest research in energy transition. The theme ‘Energy Transition – Collaborating for a Sustainable Future’ emphasized interdisciplinary solutions and provided a platform for knowledge sharing and networking between researchers and policymakers.

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KIN Consultation meeting, feeding into IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Cities

This April, the IPCC working group 2 (Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability) will organize a scoping session for a special report on Climate Change and Cities. During this scoping session, the broad contours of the report will be decided. It is now known that Heleen de Coninck and Anne-Marie Hitipeuw-Gribnauw will represent the Netherlands in the IPCC scoping mission for the special report on climate change and cities in April.

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Workshop Follow-up Session on Crutzen Workshop

Since the Crutzen workshop and the subsequent process, we have been pioneering with this group: can we bring researchers, practice partners, and public partners together in a very short time, without competition, to create a coherent work programme that genuinely contributes to systemic change?

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How Was the Preparation of the WKR Report?

Last Friday, the Scientific Climate Council (WKR) presented its first advice, titled ‘Moving Forward Together,’ aimed at a climate-neutral and climate-resilient future. The WKR advises based on scientific insights, remaining independent and interdisciplinary.

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