Inclusive Life Science: Climate Justice

Inclusive Life Science: Climate Justice

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Climate justice: Why we need to engage with the climate crisis if we are serious about equality and social justice

Dr Gareth Morgan, Clinical Psychologist & Lecturer, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of Leicester.

In April 2022, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued us with our ‘final warning’: Emissions need to peak by 2025 if we are to have a chance of avoiding run-away climate change. However, while many people are concerned about climate change, action and engagement lag behind for various complex reasons.

In recognition that this seminar is for staff passionate about EDI, I will be using the session to argue that we need to engage with the climate and ecological crises if we are to be truly committed to social justice. Drawing upon content from a forthcoming paper (Morgan, G., Barnwell, G., Johnstone, L., Shukla, K. & Mitchell, A. (April 2022). The Power Threat Meaning Framework and the climate and ecological crises, Psychology in Society), the concept of ‘climate justice’ will be employed to discuss how the impacts of a warming planet disproportionately impact those from nations least responsible for emissions, and how these inequalities can be linked to colonialism. My hope is to think alongside attendees about implications for EDI work at the University.

(Image shows workers on a large e-waste site in Ghana, were our disposed of laptops and phones often get exported to. These people live on and around the waste site, burning the devices for metals, commonly dying in their 20s due to fumes - from http://www.kidneynotes.com/2015/12/agbogbloshie-ghana-december-18-2015-two.html)

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