Climate in Crisis (Activism, Apathy, and Responsibility: Social Responses to and Social Causes of the Current Climate Crisis)

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Call for Papers
June 5, 2022
Ontario, Canada
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Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Government and Public Service, Health and Health Care, Public Policy

Over the past century, globalization has led to an interconnectedness and an awareness of the shared effects of climate change, yet hesitancy and outright denialism surrounding climate change have slowed progress but have also worked to diminish or distract from notions of social responsibility. Societal responsibility has been transferred away from the corporate or systemic to the individual, where action may be simpler, but impact is negligible. Additionally, despite a rise in awareness of environmental racism and the fact that the most impacted by climate change are those with the least control, frontline action has been left, in many places around the world, to Indigenous land defenders who face increasing violence from the state and ambivalence from the media.

This conference seeks to explore the social challenges faced by the climate crisis, the impacts of climate change denialism, environmental racism, representations of the climate crisis in media and the arts, individual vs. corporate responsibility, and the need for equitable solutions.

This year’s keynote speaker is Nikki Sanchez, a Pipil and Irish/Scottish academic, land defender, media maker, environmental spokesperson, and decolonization expert. You can see more of her work on the VICELAND series RISE or in her TEDx talk "Decolonization is for Everyone." She is also an activist, author and educator, as well as the founder and director of Decolonize Together.

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