The Trials & Prospects of Economic & Environmental Justice Today
Moderated by Genevieve LeBaron, University of Sheffield
The earth is in crisis. It is getting hotter, bringing prolonged droughts, forest res, rising seas and extinction of species. Signs of an escalating global environmental crisis are everywhere: industrial pollutants are poisoning the arctic, plastic is swirling in the ocean and in our drinking water, and tropical forests are being destroyed. Billions of people living on our planet are facing crisis, too. Their life chances are being stopped short by poverty, food insecurity, and inadequate medical care. Signs of an escalating global economic crisis are also everywhere: income inequality is rising sharply, employment is increasingly casual and hard to find, wages are stagnant, financial instability is persistent, and corporate profits continue to soar. New solutions are needed to these intertwined crises and time is of the essence.
During this plenary session, leading scholars, policymakers, and activists will debate the key obstacles currently standing in the way of economic and environmental justice in today's global economy, and pathways to achieving these.
Guy Standing, SOAS, University of London
Isabel Feichtner, University of Würzburg
Fritjof Capra, Center for Ecoliteracy
Mark Barenberg, Columbia University