Together for a Fair Climate Future
Discussion 4: How do we tackle the unequal impacts of climate change?

Tuesday 11 May 2021


The climate crisis unfairly impacts some individuals and groups more than others, based on gender, race, class, income, disability and location. Often those least responsible, are most likely to be impacted. With a focus on the UK, this event explored how impacts are felt unequally and considered how injustices can be addressed. Asking:

  • How and why does the climate crisis impact some people more than others? Who is most impacted?
  • What does climate justice mean in practice?
  • With a focus on the UK, how could the unequal impacts of climate change be addressed?
  • How can the voices of those impacted most by climate change be central to shaping our response?
  • How can the climate movement and utility sectors become more inclusive and diverse?

Panellists

Dr Michael Mikulewicz - Research Fellow, Centre for Climate Justice

Dr Michael Mikulewicz - Research Fellow, Centre for Climate Justice

Michael is a critical geographer who studies the intersecting social, economic and political inequalities caused by the impacts of, and our responses to, climate change. His research is guided by the concepts of climate justice, adaptation and resilience. He works as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University, leading its research themes on international development and intersectionality.

Michael obtained his PhD in Human Geography from the University of Manchester. He previously worked as a Project Associate for the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego, CA, and has activist experience with organizations such as 350.org, Amnesty International and the Sierra Club.

Sarah Hopkins – Director, Cynnal Cymru / Sustain Wales

Sarah Hopkins – Director, Cynnal Cymru / Sustain Wales

Sarah joined Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales as Director in January 2020. Cynnal Cymru is a sustainable development organisation based in Cardiff. It works with people and organisations from across sectors and industries to accelerate progress towards a low carbon economy, a fair and just society and a thriving natural environment. Sarah has recently worked with the Electoral Reform Society and a consortium of Housing Associations on the Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly, the first climate assembly in Wales.

Suzanne Dhaliwal – Climate Justice Creative, Campaigner, Researcher, Lecturer in Environmental Justice and Trainer in Creative Strategies for Decolonisation

Suzanne Dhaliwal – Climate Justice Creative, Campaigner, Researcher, Lecturer in Environmental Justice and Trainer in Creative Strategies for Decolonisation

Voted one of London's most influential people in Environment 2018 by the Evening Standard. In 2009 Suzanne co-founded the UK Tar Sands Network, which challenged BP and Shell investments in the Canadian tar sands in solidarity with frontline Indigenous communities, spurring the internationalisation of the fossil fuel divestment movement. Her corporate and financial campaigning spans over a decade, including spearheaded a European coalition to challenge the insurance industry on their underwriting of highly polluting coal and tar sands projects.  
 
Suzanne has led artistic interventions to challenge fossil fuel investments globally and currently works as a creative practice tutor and freelance consultant.

Ravina Singh - UK Cities Senior Engagement Officer, CDP

Ravina Singh - UK Cities Senior Engagement Officer, CDP

Ravina currently works in the cities team at CDP as a Senior Engagement Officer, largely working with UK local authorities on environmental reporting and their climate action more broadly. Prior to this, she briefly worked at the renewable energy non-profitRegen supporting their policy and advocacy work. Ravina has also worked at the environmental think tankGreen Alliance working on climate policy, helping to engage cross-party MPs, and supporting the organisation’s Diversity and Inclusion plans.

Video Contributors

  • Liam Crouse – Organiser, Misneachd

  • Paul Cobbing – Chief Executive, National Flood Forum

  • Michael Lomotey FRSA, MSc (he/him) - Adaptation Planning Specialist - for climate and ecology repair. Bringing a race-based critique of environmentalism

  • Heather Shepherd – Flood Recovery Specialist, National Flood Forum

  • Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah – Co-Founder, Ella Roberta Family

  • Sunita – Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly Member

  • Sadie DeCoste – Co-Founder and Director, Loss and Damage Youth

  • Ineza Umuhoza Grace – Co-Founder & Co-Director, Loss and Damage Youth Coalition

 

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