Location: Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, Butcher Auditorium
Far beyond merely molecules of carbon in the atmosphere, climate change is an issue defined by competing ideas of fairness and justice. David Ciplet, assistant professor of environmental studies and author of Power in a Warming World, will explore how systems of inequality are at the root of inaction on climate change, how we may conceive of a more just path forward, and the opportunities to realize this vision.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; advance registration is not required.
David Ciplet is a sociologist focused on issues of global political economy, environmental inequality and climate justice. From negotiating the halls of the United Nations to community center meeting rooms, his research uses participatory qualitative methods to explore processes of power and social change in climate change, energy and adaptation politics. He is concerned with uncovering how related policies unequally impact socially marginalized groups, and the possibilities to achieve more environmentally just processes and outcomes. His book, with Timmons Roberts and Mizan Khan, Power in a Warming World: The New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality (MIT Press, 2015), explores how we arrived at an inequitable and scientifically inadequate international response to climate change, and what is needed to shift course. He is a founding member of the CU Boulder Just Transitions Collaborative, which works to ensure that transitions to sustainable energy are rooted in the leadership and needs of those most directly impacted by forms of social and environmental inequality. For more information, visit Ciplet's website.