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Symposium 2020 | Just Climate Action: Gender, Democracy, and Local Movements
October 21 @ 12:00 pm - October 22 @ 3:00 pm EDT
Save the date for the ACIC Symposium 2020 on the theme of ‘Just Climate Action: Gender, Democracy and Local Movements.’ Join us on October 21-22, 1:00 to 4:00 PM Atlantic in Zoomland!
Symposium 2020 will feature a variety of keynote speakers and panelists from around the world, with diverse perspectives, as we reflect on dimensions of justice as we take action towards a sustainable future. The ACIC Symposium will unpack and explore various dimensions of justice and action regarding climate change, at both a local and global level. This includes exploring aspects of gender, democratic, and legalistic justice, rights-based approaches, citizen-led approaches, advocacy and social accountability, and local/global conceptions of justice. These are at times complementary, and perhaps more frequently in tension as the youth, grassroots movements, Indigenous people, business, INGOs and multinationals grapple with (or increasingly deny!) the reality of a changing world. In times of intense reactions and counter-reactions, complements and tensions need to be identified and discussed to fully realize the challenges and opportunities we face in a world that will soon be uninhabitable for many.
In this year’s Symposium, we will discuss what justice means in the context of climate change, how we as citizens can develop local and global strategies to counteract it, and the structural inequalities that must be transformed for a just climate transition. We encourage participants to consider how climate change and justice are related to their work – both programmatically but also in terms of greenwashing, intergenerational equity, organizational reactions to climate change (carbon offsets, advocacy, etc.), and more.
The aim of our Symposium is to strengthen individual and collective capacity and highlight and celebrate important work being done in the Atlantic. It will also increase dialogue on making connections between the issues and the actions necessary to create a sustainable future, both locally and globally. Participants will include international cooperation practitioners, youth, Indigenous leaders, local governments, feminists, environmentalists, issue-specific experts, advocates, and academics.