You’re invited: Student-led Climate Justice and Politics Workshop

York’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, a partner of the CYD, invites you to our second pre-COP 17 virtual event.

Bringing a Democratic Canadian Perspective to the Climate Change Conference in South Africa:
Taking Action on Climate Change (Climate Justice II Workshop Series)

A Student-led Climate Justice and Politics Workshop
Wednesday October 26, 2011, 17:00 to 20:00pm (GMT)
Room 305 York Lanes, York University, Toronto
And, for those who would like to join in from anywhere in Canada and the world, the workshop will also take place virtually thanks to APECS and the University of Canterbury (see below for participation instructions).

At the same time that international climate negotiations have reached a deadlock, a growing number of people are experiencing the effects of climate change in their daily lives. But those effects are not distributed equally. People who are already marginalized—women, dispossessed classes, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, and citizens of poorer countries—are deprived of the resources necessary to build resilience and adapt, and are thus bearing the brunt of the consequences of a warming world.

To foster dialogue and promote discussion around these issues and in preparation for the upcoming COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, this Climate Justice and Politics virtual workshop will feature five student panellists. Our panelists will discuss climate justice and politics from perspectives ranging from ethics and philosophy to critical discourse analysis to the political economy of global warming.

Discussion topics will be:
Just and unjust solutions to climate change and human displacement (Aaron Saad)
Climate change and hybrid ethics: a review of four ethical theories (Mihae Ahn)
Animals and climate change (Rachel York-Bridgers and Paul York)
Capitalism, climate change and the discourse of ecological modernization (JP Sapinski)
Resilient Cooperation – A (Re)new(ed) Alternative to Sustainable Development (Chris Bisson)

The presentations will be followed by a commentary by guest discussant Dr. Ellie Perkins, from York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.

This workshop is an opportunity to meet and share ideas with like-minded climate justice activists and academics. It is also intended to solicit input from the audience to inform the work of the York University delegates who will participate in COP 17 in November 2011.

Virtual location and instructions:

A: Join us at 17:00 GMT (13:00 EST) by entering our Adobe Connect meeting at this address:

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
Test your connection:
Watch an Adobe Connect Tutorial (credit to APECS):

B. Follow irisyorku on Twitter and RSVP via Facebook:!/event.php?eid=215224271875791

C. Donate funds to IRIS to support the Arviat Inuit Youth ( and our York Delegation to attend COP17

Use the York form:
Under “Please designate my gift to:” select “Other”, and then immediately below
in the “If “Other” please specify” field, enter “IRIS-COP“.


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