Climate justice embodies the meeting point between the science of climate change and the politics of social change.
The concept reflects the North-South divides and global injustices of climate change. It also points to inter-generational responsibilities amid the wider contexts of social inequality, cultural rights and ecological justice. Climate justice started to gain political traction in the early 2000s: initial involvement from climate action movements and NGOs has now spread to UN agencies and academia.
The Climate Justice Research Centre in the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, launching on 17-18 August, aims to advance its development. 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 social and political frameworks to promote climate justice, and debate how these frameworks can be established.
12.30pm-2pm Long-form journalism, coal and the climate crisis: activism and extractivism
Tom Morton (Beyond the Coal Rush, three-part series on ABC Radio National; UTS) with Anna Krien (author, The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock, Black inc.)
2pm-4pm Contesting new coal mines: ethnographies
Germany - Katja Mueller (Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany) and Tom Morton
India – Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli (both Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi), and Devleena Ghosh (UTS)
Australia – Rebecca Pearse, Linda Connor (both University of Sydney)
Discussant: Anna Krien
4.30pm-5.30pm National energy and climate policy + Agendas Beyond Coal
India, Germany, Australia: Stuart Rosewarne (University of Sydney) and James Goodman (UTS)
Discussant: Sven Teske (Institute for Sustainable Futures)