Global Climate Crisis Conference: Seeking Environmental Justice and Climate Equality (Virtual Event)

Global Climate Crisis Virtual Conference: Seeking Environmental Justice and Climate Equality

September 2, 2021 

9AM - 6PM 

Virtual Event

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The pursuit of environmental justice is one of the great human undertakings of our time. It touches on the most essential aspects of our shared humanity and provides a snapshot-in-real-time of how we treat others and treat our world. Far from being only a legalized statute belonging to the great nation-states, environmental justice abides at the intersection of human stability, human accountability, and human rights. As such, it allows us to look at the vagaries of climate approaches not just as abstractions but as realities that touch on our most basic human norms – peace, justice, and human security. By first examining how issues of race, gender, creed, and nation spin a fabric of moral norms and ethical realities, we can better construct a vision of environmental justice and climate security in which all humanity can benefit.

Such an approach to environmental and climate justice means examining how inequality and discrimination impact vulnerable populations. In doing so, we humanize the too-often abstract framework of climate debate by showing that how we deal with the environment has echoes of how we deal with many social challenges – for better and for worse. Environmental justice shows us that it is not just about ‘trees and leaves’, but real human beings with real challenges, in very real situations. By elevating voices which have previously been marginalized, and by acknowledging the ways in which the effects of climate change are dispersed through social, cultural, and economic systems, environmental justice approaches provide a sharp moral lens to view one of the great challenges of our time.

This conference brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss solutions to the climate crisis. By approaching the challenge of climate justice from the perspective of environmental justice, the speakers will illuminate our common human challenges and will provide a comprehensive overview of where we came from, where we are now, and where we need to go to address the deeply human issues of climate change.


Professor Cara New Daggett, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech 

Professor Byron Williston, Professor of Philosophy Wilfrid Laurier University and Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change University of Waterloo

Professor Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Assistant Professor Environmental & Health Sciences, Spelman College 

Professor Radoslav Dimitrov, Associate Professor & European Union Delegate to the UN Climate Change Negotiations, Western University 

Professor Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts 

Professor Karletta Chief, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, University of Arizona


Conference Schedule


Professor Hoda Mahmoudi

Opening Remarks 

9:30 - 10:30

Professor Cara New Daggett

Desiring Energy: How work-and-freedom fuel narratives block a just transition


Coffee Break 



Professor Julian Agyeman

Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice

11:45 - 12:45

Professor Na’Taki Osborne Jelks

Climate Justice & Environmental Health Disparities: Amplifying Grassroots Struggles



14: 00 - 15:00


Professor Radoslav Dimitrov

“The Paris Agreement and the Clean Economy Transition”

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee Break 

15:15 - 16:15


Professor Byron Williston

Planetary Health, Well-Being and Climate Justice

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break 



Professor Karletta Chief

Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources of Native Americans in the U.S. 



Closing Remarks


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Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, September 3, 2021 - 8:00am

Virtual Event - Registration link will be provided soon 


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