Dr Jessica Omukuti discusses Covid-19's projected impact and climate justice implications as well as exploring the economic downturn from emerging from Covid-19 adversely impacting communities and households in the Global South, plus why local-national-regional linkages in climate justice are important for climate change policy.
Recent debates have linked future climate action to the current responses to Covid-19. How investments are made will determine how communities in the Global South, who have contributed least to climate change, are impacted by current and future climate change. This is likely to change how local, national and regional communities engage in advocacy for climate justice. This session will highlight why local-national-regional linkages in climate justice are important for climate change policy and will also bring together experiences from two regions in the Global South—Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Deborah Delgado (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) will present insights into how indigenous women in Peru are responding to Covid-19 while Zainab Aliyu (University of Reading) will discuss how regional climate justice movements in sub-Saharan Africa are likely to change in response to Covid-19. Also, Dr Prakash Kashwan (University of Connecticut) will discuss the role of political institutions in mediating the relationships between inequality and environmental outcomes and the implications for climate justice.
Zainab is a 3rd Year Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar in Climate Justice at the University of Reading. She has a multidisciplinary educational background in Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Environment (MSc) from the University of Exeter, UK, and Marine Sciences (BSc) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Her work experiences have mostly been in environmental management and consultancy, where she worked as an environmental compliance officer and a sustainability consultant before starting her PhD. Her research uses the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) as a case study to explore how grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa under the auspices of a transnational network are mobilizing for climate justice, and the capacities of these organizations to impact on policy and equity-based positions in international climate change dialogue and related processes.
Dr Deborah Delgado Pugley
Deborah is a Professor and Researcher of Sociology at PUCP (Peru). Her research focuses on global environmental politics, sustainable development policies and environmental issues at the community level. Recent projects include the impact assessment of oil spills in Amazonian communities and local universities involvement in climate policies. She is interested in indigenous social movements, human and environmental rights, natural resources management, climate change policies related to forests (REDD) and development. She holds a PhD in Development Studies and Sociology at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris. She is currently a visiting researcher with the Governance in Conflict Network at the Department of Conflict and Development in Ghent.
Prakash is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico (OUP, 2017). Prakash's research explores the various intersections of inequality, environment, and development, specifically in the context of environmental policy, climate justice, climate governance, and global development. In these endeavours, he builds on his over two-decade-long engagements with questions of global and international environmental governance, including the first career in international development (1999-2005). He also convenes the Climate Justice Network.
Dr Jessica Omukuti - Department of Politics
Image (adapted): Africa Climate Week - March 2019 by 350.org (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
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