Monday, February 24, 20202:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7


The Environmental Governance lab is excited to welcome Sonja Klinsky from Arizona State University for a talk on February 24, 2020. Sonja Klinsky is an alum of the IDS program at UTSC and is both a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainabili and Associate Professor, at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She’s an expert on climate justice and climate policy.

Abstract : Geopolitical changes combined with the increasing urgency of climate action have the potential to intensify debates about justice within international climate policy. Tensions about historical responsibility have been particularly difficult and could deepen with increased climate impacts and as developing countries face mounting pressure to take mitigation action. Climate change is not the only time humans have faced historically rooted, collective action challenges involving justice disputes. Practices and tools from transitional justice have been used across a range of conflicts at the interface of historical responsibility and imperatives for collective futures. Central to this body of theory and experience is the need to reflect both backwards and forwards-oriented elements in efforts to build social solidarity. This talk integrates arguments emerging from the literature and from a series of international multi-stakeholder workshops that were held to examine the global climate context through the lens of transitional justice. In addition to assessing the potential applicability of a transitional lens to the climate context, including the limitations of this, it then lays out several strategies and practices that could be modified for potential use within the climate regime. This work has recently been released as a book, Klinsky and Brankovic (2018) “The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice” Routledge.


Sonja Klinsky
Arizona State University

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