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 will be launched on 17-18 August 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.
10am-11.15am Solutions, False / Real: Jonathan Marshall, Michael Fabinyi, Jeremy Walker (all UTS), Holly Creenaune (Sunrise Project and Stop Adani Campaign)
11.30am-12.45pm Energy Democracy / Social Ownership: James Goodman (UTS), Sven Teske (Institute for Sustainable Futures), Nicky Ison (Community Power Agency), Rebecca Pearse (University of Sydney), Tom Reddington (APHEDA, Union Aid Abroad), Colin Long (Cooperative Power Australia + NTEU Vic) Kellie Caught (ACOSS)
1.15pm-2.45pm Climate Agency / Media: Jahnnabi Das, Tom Morton, Catriona Bonfiglioli (all UTS), Naomi Hodgson (The Wilderness Society), Paul Cleary (Author and journalist)
3pm-4.15pm Climate Heat and Work / Life: Francesca da Rimini, Elizabeth Humphrys, Leena Thomas (all UTS), Bruno Lemke (Climate Change Health Impact Profile, climatechip.org)
4.30pm-6pm Land Justice / Climate Justice: Devleena Ghosh, Heidi Norman (both UTS), Karrina Nolan (Original Power, Aboriginal activist on land and climate), Vinuta Gopal (Asar Social Impact, formerly Greenpeace India), Kanchi Kohli (Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi)