This conference brings together several contributors on the linked challenges of climate change, human need and inequality.
About this Event
A Just Transition: -how do we tackle heat, greed and need?
As the world enters the third decade of the 21st century it is confronted by rising global temperatures and worsening climate change, posing a profound threat to human civilization (IPCC 2018). Simultaneously, there is deepening social inequality within advanced countries (Piketty 2016, Atkinson 2015), and between the global “North” and global “South”. Deeply embedded interests, who super-exploit labour, and extract and burn cheap fossil resources globally, have caused and now perpetuate these giant evils.
While some have argued that climate change is an existential threat, to be attacked without reference to distributional questions, others counterpose distributional struggles across a range of needs – jobs, incomes and public services – to radical climate measures. In this context, many call for a “just transition”, a pathway that addresses human need as it also counters the existential threat of climate chaos. This conference provides material for rethinking, linking and addressing both objectives.
10.15: Opening: Prof. Philip Nolan, President, Maynooth University
Chair: Dr. Mary Murphy
1. Heat, Need and a Green New Deal? – Prof Ian Gough
2. Universal Basic Services – Dr. Anna Coote
Breakout sessions: 12.00-1.00
1. Just transition
Chair: Dr. Linda Connolly, MU Social Science Institute
Sinéad Mercier, Climate advisor to Sen. Mary Alice Higgins
Dr. Eilish Dillon, MU Dep. International Development
Dr. Lorna Gold, Trócaire / MU Applied Social Studies
2. Universal Basic Services
Chair: Dr. Helen Johnston
Dr. Tom McDonnell NERI /MU Applied Social Studies
Dr. Sarah Burke, Centre for Health Policy and Mgt. TCD
A. N. Other – tbc
Chair: Prof Maurice Devlin
1. Sustainable Development Goals – David Donoghue
2. European Child Guarantee – Hugh Frazer
Rapporteur session 3.00-4.00
Chair: – tbc
Dr. Joe Larragy: mainstreaming climate action in the university
Dr. Mary Murphy: Growth, Welfare, Environment
Book Launch reception 4.00-5.00,
Chair Sean Ó Riain, Speakers: Dr. Anthony McCashin; Dr Anna Coote
Closing comments: tbc