Hobart, Tasmania 8-9 February 2018
Despite the Paris Agreement, there are real concerns the prevailing neoliberal economic and political model, particularly with the move to more insular, nationalistic, fragile politics, cannot respond effectively to climate change and excludes key considerations such as ethics and justice.
The Conference will focus on a systematic analysis of barriers to action in the context of the process of change; global governance and law; economics and energy structures; the role of science and technology; and what we are learning about human psychology in relation to climate change.
It will look at ethics, climate justice, intergenerational justice, and how abstract notions of climate justice can be translated into concrete policies, governance structures, and laws. Case studies will include ethical issues in the ongoing international climate negotiations and areas of Australian policy-making with international ramifications. (e.g. the divestment debate.) There will be a focus on emerging issues such as technological interventions, human rights, and international and national climate change litigation.
It will also explore the engagement by artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians with climate change, activism, and the connection with nature and place.
The Conference will involve more than 60 paper givers and 150-200 participants. There will be a number of public forums and side events. A free Public Talk on the Thursday evening and a Community Day on the Saturday afternoon will allow the local community to participate in these important discussions.
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