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Climate Crises and Inequality: Critiques and Alternatives from Frontline Movements in Africa

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Climate Crises and Inequality: Critiques and Alternatives from Frontline Movements in Africa

The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies and Development Alternatives with Women in a New Era (DAWN) invite you to a seminar on:

Climate Crises and Inequality: Critiques and Alternatives from Frontline Movements in Africa

Speaker: Ruth Nyambura, Independent Researcher and Feminist Political Ecologist
Discussant: Brian Kamanzi, Independent Researcher, Tricontinental Institute for Social Research
Chairperson: Dr Hibist Kassa, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies and DAWN Executive Committee member

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: Humanities Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building
East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Livestream link: https://youtu.be/0_0u43p1xqY

For further details: https://www.wits.ac.za/scis/events/seminar-series/
For enquiries: Nthabi Mofokeng nthabi.mofokeng@wits.ac.za

Abstract 

This seminar will focus on unpacking the international climate negotiations regime, contesting global narratives of climate-techno determinism through an exploration of the work of eco-socialist collectives in Morocco and Mauritius and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). The international climate negotiations hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have failed to offer meaningful responses to the urgency of the climate crises. Instead, those on the frontlines of the climate crisis in the Global South have had to contend with piece-meal, contradictory and unenforceable emission reduction pledges, developed countries (historical high emitters) refusing to honour their climate finance goals and finally, the growing influence of corporations (fossil fuels, agri-business and tech-finance) within the UNFCCC. The differential impact of climate crises and the responses have drawn attention to the bearing this has on deepening inequality, especially between the Global North and the South. A growing transnational climate and energy justice, food sovereignty and eco-feminist movement(s) in Africa are stepping up to challenge the glaring incompetence of the international negotiations while also providing concrete alternatives to the multiple and intersecting crises.

Biographies 

Ruth Nyambura centres her research on the agrarian political economy/ecology in Africa as well as in Latin America and Asia. Ruth’s research interests are on agrarian transformations, philanthro-capitalism, biosafety and Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) regime. She is also a core-team member of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives (GTA) and a board member of the Climate Justice Fund (CJF). She was previously head of advocacy for the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) and one of the founding members, and initial host of, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). Ruth holds an LL.M in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the University of Turin (UNITO), Italy and has been a judge on the International Tribunal on the Rights of Nature.

Brian Kamanzi is an Independent Researcher at the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research. Brian has previously worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He has also researched on large scale energy projects in the African region. Brian’s Master’s thesis was on renewable energy utilisation in the Electrical Engineering program in University of Cape Town. He regularly contributes to public debate through articles on local and international media platforms including Mail and Guardian, the Daily Maverick and Al Jazeera. He is a Pan Africanist who is passionate about contributing to broader and deeper struggles for political, social and economic equality and equity.

Details

Date:
October 21
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Humanities Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building
Humanities Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand + Google Map
Website:
https://www.wits.ac.za/scis/events/seminar-series/
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