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Climate Justice – Agendas for Research and Action

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UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building,

Building 8, Level 3: CB08.03.002

14-28 Ultimo Road

Ultimo, NSW 2007

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A series of Workshops and a Forum addressing Aspects of Climate Justice Research

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10.00-11.00 Workshop 1: Politicising impacts – Land and Indigenous Perspectives
Roundtable: Heidi Norman, Devleena Ghosh with Vinuta Gopal, Kanchi Kohli, Manju Menon, Karinna Nolan.

1100-11.30 Tea/Coffee

11-30-12.30 Workshop 2: Politicising Impacts – Heat, Workplace, Life
Roundtable: Francesca Da Rimini, James Goodman with Svetha Venkatesh (Deakin, by Skype), Bruno Lemke (NZ), Chris Riedy (ISF tbc)

12.30-1.00 Lunch

1.00-2.00 Workshop 3: Solutions, False / Real
Roundtable: Jon Marshall, Michael Fabinyi, Celine Grenjou (Skype), with Nick Florin (ISF tbc) Nicky Ison (Community Energy, tbc), Apheda Climate Justice (tbc)

2.00-2.30 Tea / Coffee

2.30-3.30 Workshop 4: Climate Communication
Roundtable: Jahnnabi Das, Tom Morton, Catriona Bonfigliol + others tbc.

3.30-4.00 Tea/Coffee

4.00-5.00 Workshop 5: Policy Networks, Social Movements and Activism
Roundtable: James Goodman, Francesca Da Rimini, with the Sunrise Project + European Climate Foundation (tbc)

5.00-6.30 Public Forum: Land Justice and Climate Justice
Chair: Heidi Norman (UTS)
Speakers: Vinuta Gopal (Greenpeace India) + Karinna Nolan

Related Events

These events are preceded by a symposium on the coal and climate change, and a public lecture on climate and justice from Dipesh Chakrabarty:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/symposium-beyond-the-coal-rush-coal-reliance-climate-change-and-contested-futures-tickets-36264247340

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dipesh-chakrabarty-lecture-climate-and-justice-tickets-36264159076

Background​ - what is 'Climate Justice'?

Climate justice signals a collision between the long history of the biosphere and its geology, and the much shorter history of social change and human justice. At a practical level it embodies the necessary meeting point between the science of climate change and the politics of social change. Most importantly it enacts the socio-ecological relations beyond the prevalent climate-society divide.

Climate justice is both expansive and normative. It reflects the expanding logic of climate change as a phenomenon that subsumes social relations. As it cascades through societies, climate change generates normative imperatives and recasts political agendas, for instance around concepts of ‘just transition’ or ‘energy democracy’.

The concept is grounded in North-South divides, in terms of the global injustices of climate change. At the same time it points to inter-generational responsibilities, to the wider context of social inequality and cultural rights, and to issues of ecological justice. It is a dynamic concept that transforms agendas for policy and social change.

Climate justice started to emerge and gain political traction in the early 2000s, initially from climate action movements and NGOs. It is now taken up by a wide variety of players, including UN agencies, and in academia, from international relations, international law, and geography to international sociology.

This new Centre aims to advance its development. It asks how the direct experience of climate change can be translated into political and social change. It investigates what social and political frameworks will best promote climate justice, and debates how the these frameworks can be established.

Climate change poses the challenge of translating abstract large-scale climate science into the everyday contexts of social justice, and thus into embedded political agendas. The Centre will focus on this field of applied knowledge in the search for socio-political frameworks for transformation, beyond the injustices of climate change.



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Building 8, Level 3: CB08.03.002

14-28 Ultimo Road

Ultimo, NSW 2007

Australia

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