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 current Covid responses. 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 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 while Zainab Aliyu (University of Reading) will discuss how regional climate justice movements in sub-Saharan Africa are likely to change in response to the pandemic.
Dr Jessica Omukuti
Jessica is a postdoctoral research associate affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre and the Department of Politics at the University of York. Her research focuses on disaster resilience and explores natural hazards including livelihoods in the Latin America and Caribbean regions.
Jessica holds a PhD in Social Justice and Adaptation Policy Processes from the University of Reading previously attainting an MSc in Climate Change and Development from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi.
She is currently jointly working on IGDC's Global Development and COVID-19 Webinar Series.