Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions

Venue: Virtual

Location: Online, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 11, 2008 End Date/Time: Apr 24, 2008
Registration Date: Apr 06, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 18, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Mar 18, 2008
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"Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions"

EcoRes Forum Online E-Conference | 11-24 April 2008




You are invited to join the EcoRes Forum from 11-24 April 2008 for "Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions", the second in a series of online dialogues focusing on the ethical, political and socio-cultural aspects of climate change.

As experts call for swift action in response to accelerating climate change, the words “global warming” have become commonplace. Headlines and commentators tout the latest technological developments, politicians focus on greening their platforms, and concerned citizens in MDCs check their house insurance and consider relocating to higher ground. Adaptation is underway.

But what about those who can’t make that choice? Those forced to cope with changes they can least afford, changes to which they contributed little? As the data continues to pour in, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer's warning is being confirmed – over and over again: “The most vulnerable communities in the poorest countries, those who have contributed nothing to climate change, will be the worst affected by its impact."

As the growing numbers of unemployed, displaced and dis-eased climate refugees and victims of injustice outpace projections, one thing is clear: Our task, our ethical responsibility, is to ensure that this indefensible discrimination does not continue. What will this require? Nothing less than incorporating fully the interrelated principles of environmental and climate justice across the board, at all levels, in all decision-making platforms, throughout all societies.

The purpose of this dialogue is to raise awareness among participants about environmental and climate justice: what these concepts mean, underlying causes and symptoms of EJ/CJ injustice, how this injustice may be rectified, and related elements ranging from national immigration policy and international contraction and convergence proposals to xenophobia and racism.

PANEL OF EXPERTS: Joining the Forum panel will be Drs. Julian AGYEMAN (USA), Patrick BOND (South Africa), Robert D. BULLARD (USA), Michael DORSEY (USA), and Shirley THOMPSON (Canada), internationally known and respected leaders in their fields. Additional panelists are being announced throughout March.

BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS: Proposals for self-directed breakout discussions and presentations on related subjects may be submitted to forum@eco-res.org. Each selected presentation will be provided with a stand-alone webpage and unlimited discussion threads within the Forum website, with limited server space provided for presentation materials. Deadline for proposals: 18 March 2008.

NEW FORMAT!! EcoRes is pleased to introduce its new web-based e-conference format, which will be hosted on the Forum website. Registration is required for participation, with materials accessible as read-only for non-registrants.

The EcoRes Forum e-conference series brings together academics and activists, scientists and social critics, researchers, journalists, community leaders and members from around the world, offering a unique opportunity to learn from and network with like-minded citizens. By offering the series free of charge, crossing cultural, disciplinary and geopolitical borders, and removing the financial and logistical barriers to participation often encountered by those whom climate change threatens most, EcoRes continues to encourage wide-ranging stakeholder participation, with registrants from over 90 countries taking part in previous issue discussions.

Join us as we discuss this urgent need for widespread political and societal transformation: For more information or to register for the April event, visit the EcoRes Forum at http://www.eco-res.org.

We look forward to sharing this thought-provoking discussion with you!

The EcoRes Forum Team

Online Registration Now Open: http://www.eco-res.org/register.html

EcoRes Forum April 2008 E-Conference Panelists – First Cohort

Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. FRSA
Associate Professor & Chair, Dept of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA (EJ & sustainability; Just sustainability, Rural racism, linkages to belonging, becoming, continuity & change in racialised spaces; Education for sustainability)

Patrick Bond, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Centre for Civil Society, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (Carbon trading)

Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, USA (Climate justice; Environmental racism; Sustainable development; Regional equity; Urban land use; ...)

Michael K. Dorsey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA (International equity; Environmental justice; Biopolitics)

Shirley Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Lake loadings of toxic chemicals; Environmental equity & health; Natural & social capital; ...)

EcoRes Forum Mission
In keeping with our foundational philosophy of ecocentric environmental ethics and commitment to the principles of social equity and environmental justice;

- by leveraging the potential of new media by providing an easily accessible global platform for discussion and access to subject experts;
- by involving global stakeholders in global issue discussions by circumventing the logistical and financial barriers of traditional dialogue interactions;
- by building ongoing connections and networks between these actors;
- by crossing borders, whether disciplinary, philosophical, or geopolitical; and
- by maintaining a results-oriented focus;

the goals of the EcoRes Forum are:

- to level the field of discourse by moving it to a space whose boundaries are set only by our own creativity;
- to promote awareness, public dialogue and the free exchange and exploration of ideas, knowledge and issues related to climate change;
- to leave all participants with something of value, whether knowledge, best practices, or a new perspective, which can be put to use immediately to improve efforts in their individual fields; and
- by so doing, to contribute to taking the environmental movement to the next level and thereby, in some small way, to assist in preventing further extreme human-induced climate change.

EcoRes Forum Online E-Conference Series
Exploring the Ethical, Political, and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Climate Change

Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions | 11-24 April 2008
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