A Just Transition: – how do we tackle heat, greed and need?

This conference brings together several contributors on the linked challenges of climate change, human need and inequality.

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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

Plenary: 10.30-12.00

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

Lunch: 1.00-2.00

Plenary: 2.00-3.00

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

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