“Enacting inertia”: The Australian climate policy debacle and its global relevance
|28 March 2019
|13:00 - 14:00
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|External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public
The global policy response to the threat of climate change has been extremely weak. Since 1988 much ink has been spilt, but emissions continue to climb. In this session I will discuss the particular case of Australia. It has enormous renewable energy potential and vulnerability to climate impacts. However, the responses to climate change from political and economic elites have been characterised by lack of ambition and extreme resistance to even mild instruments such as carbon pricing. Drawing on the findings of research conducted for my recently completed PhD, I explain the historical roots of the current impasse, and suggest what the lessons to be drawn from such stark failure might be for policymakers, academics and activists.
Organisation: Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester
Biography: Marc Hudson recently completed a PhD at the University of Manchester, where he is currently teaching and researching. He has been an aid worker in Southern Africa, a telephone operator and a physiotherapist specialising in amputee rehabilitation. Since 2008 he has edited Manchester Climate Fortnightly/Manchester Climate Monthly. His academic work has appeared in Environmental Politics, Technology in Society and Energy Research & Social Science. He has written extensively for The Conversation and other publications.
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