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Activism and Academia in the Age of Environmental Breakdown

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Nottingham Trent University

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Towards establishing a dialogue between activists, academics, and practitioners on effective modes of socio-ecological transformation!

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In response to seemingly ever-worsening environmental problems, what many see as an international environmental crisis or breakdown manifested most starkly by climate chaos and the sixth mass extinction, the last year has seen dramatic developments in the field of environmental activism and campaigning. Across the world novel groups and methods have emerged from Greta Thunberg and the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement to Extinction Rebellion and the American Green New Deal campaign.

This academic conference will examine in detail these new developments, seeking to understand the nature of this new activism (including evaluating how genuinely new it is), how effective new tactics and groups have been and assess their likely impact going forward. It will bring together researchers with practitioners, including current environmental activists. A core conference aim is to establish a working dialogue between academics and activists at the front line of ecological defense on effective modes of societal transformation for a more socio-ecologically resilient future.

Sessions:

(1) Extinction Rebellion - Critical Perspectives

Chair: Professor Clare Saunders - University of Exeter

Speakers:

Simon - Extinction Rebellion

Ian - Extinction Rebellion

Professor Ian Bailey - University of Plymouth

(2) Youth Activism on the Environment

Chair: Professor Clare Saunders - University of Exeter

Speakers:

Dr Sarah Pickard - University Sorbonne Nouvelle

Professor Matt Henn - Nottingham Trent University

This panel will feature short, pre-recorded video contributions from representatives of Fridays for Future/School Climate Strike groups from around the world.

(3) Mainstream Environmental NGO Responses to Environmental Breakdown

Chair: Heather Alberro - Nottingham Trent University

Speakers:

Dr Eugene Nulman - Birmingham City University

Professor Nathalie Berny - Sciences Po Bordeaux

Representative - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

(4) Roundtable Discussion - Social and Environmental Justice in Contemporary Politics

Chair: Dr Ashley Dodsworth - University of Bristol

Speakers:

Dr Rhiannon Firth - University of Essex

Dr Katia Valenzuela Fuentes - Universidad de Concepción Chile

Dr Marc Hudson - University of Manchester

Some participants and speakers at this workshop will be doing so as part of their official participation in the climate strike due to take place on this date.

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