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The Global Environmental Crisis


We are delighted to welcome Paul Wapner, a Professor in the Global Environmental Politics Program in SIS, on Wednesday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. in 228 Battelle-Tompkins

For decades, environmentalists have been sounding the alarm about the environmental ‘crisis.’ They have been screaming that the earth’s ecosystems are in acute danger and that injustices abound as people exploit each other through the medium of nature. How useful is the concept of ‘crisis’ to describe environmental degradation? It is certainly the case that climate change, freshwater scarcity, loss of biological diversity, and so forth are undermining the planet’s life-support systems and that untold numbers of people and creatures are having their lives pulled out from under them. But does labeling these phenomena as a 'crisis' help or hinder humanity’s ability to respond? In this talk, Professor Paul Wapner will examine the relationship between crisis and response. Should the world adopt a politics of crisis to address global environmental challenges?


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