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"Climate Justice in the Age of Trump"

Dale Jamieson
Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy
Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics
Chair, Department of Environmental Studies

New York University

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

This presentation will be live-streamed at

On December 6th, 1988, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Malta on “Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Mankind.” This resolution provided the basis for the iterative, evidence-based process that led to the negotiation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992), the Kyoto Protocol (1997), and the Paris Agreement (2015). While there is much to say on behalf of this process, both in its aspirations and achievements, the fact is that there have only been three years since 1988 when carbon dioxide emissions have declined, and global emissions are now about 40% greater than when the process began. We are now at a point in the United States in which, in a range of areas, evidence-based policy making no longer enjoys the degree of even rhetorical support that it once did. In this talk I will review this history, try to understand the strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures of the evidence-based approach, and ask how we might make progress on climate change in the years ahead.

Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at New York University. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Formerly he was Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the only faculty member to have won both the Dean's award for research in the social sciences and the Chancellor's award for research in the humanities. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State University, and Monash University in Australia, and is a former member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

He is the author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed--and What It Means For Our Future (Oxford, 2014), Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality's Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002). He is also the editor or co-editor of nine books, most recently Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy, 2nd Edition (Oxford, 2012) with Lori Gruen and Chris Schlottmann, and has published more than one hundred articles and book chapters. His most recent book is Love in the Anthropocene (OR, 2015), a collection of short stories and essays written with the novelist Bonnie Nadzam.

He is on the editorial boards of several journals including Environmental Humanities, Environmental Ethics; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Science and Engineering Ethics; Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics; and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Office of Global Programs in the National Atmospheric and Aeronautics Administration.

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change allows the Bren School to attract international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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