Does the Eco-Climate Crisis Call for a New Kind of Citizenship and New Roles for Academics?

March 9, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Event

The Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics presents:

Kai Chan

Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia.

Does the eco-climate crisis call for a new kind of citizenship, and new roles for academics?

As the interwoven crises of climate, ecology, and equity fester, some have responded with increasingly alarmed activism and advocacy. Others sit anxiously, unsure how to proceed. Yet others recoil angrily from solutions that sound like poison. Meanwhile, as academics, we’re engaging in the same kinds of ways: offering guidance for policymakers, speaking with journalists, and espousing our opinions. Maybe it’s time for academics to abandon these approaches—which were arguably effective for incremental change. Perhaps we need to build communities and institutions for a new planetary citizenship. I’ll outline what this might look like, in the hope of provoking lively discussion.

Virtual event: Thursday March 9, 2023

7.00-8.00 pm

Attend via Zoom here.