How Just is the Global Response to Climate Change
Reception Room, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, BS8 1RJ
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Climate change is fundamentally an issue of justice. It will affect those who have done least to contribute to the problem - people living in the poorest regions of the world and people who are not yet born. These climate vulnerable people risk having their human rights (health, water, food, shelter, and even life) threatened by climate change. If we are to respond justly to the problem of climate change, we need to do as much as possible as soon as we can.
In October 2018, the IPCC released a report which stated that we have 12 years to prevent global mean temperatures from rising above 1.5C. The IPCC have made it clear that we need widespread and rapid system changes at every level - local, national, and global - if we have any hope of achieving this target, which will protect millions of people from the worst climate change effects. Such rapid changes will no doubt require political action and decision making.
In her new book, Dr Alix Dietzel examines who is making political decisions and assesses to what extent these decisions are 'fair' and 'just'. Investigating the role of states, cities, corporations, and non-governmental organisations in the post-Paris Agreement era, Dietzel provides fresh insight into the ‘big picture’ of climate change (mis)management and the injustices that come along with it. These insights allow her to make recommendations for change that should be of keen interest to anyone who is worried about climate change.
You are warmly invited to attend this book launch, where Dr Dietzel will discuss climate justice, the role of state and non-state actors in moving us forward, and what you can (and should!) do as an individual. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussion, reflection and an opportunity to buy a copy of the book.
Free to attend and all are welcome but booking will be required via Eventbrite.