Carolyn Fischer, one of the world’s leading environmental economists, is coming back to her birth country from the United States and Europe to hold the Canada 150 Research Chair at the University of Ottawa.
In the wake of the IPCC’s recently released Special Report 15: Global Warming of 1.5℃ there has been a flood of reports in the popular media featuring some iteration of the following headline: “We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN” (the latter from The Guardian, on October 8th, 2018). This special panel will discuss the number of social, political and economic questions that the report raises for policy-makers, climate policy researchers, and concerned global citizens.
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One of our professors and also holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy, Jackie Dawson explained that the shipping industry is a massive, growing market, and people in Churchill and beyond need to help shape it. She’s requested funding to survey how people in Churchill — where she once lived — are coping.
At the lecture on February 7th, 2019 at the University of Ottawa, visiting scholar Dr. Kai Chan examined the strengths and weaknesses of policy tools (incentives, certification, regulations, and place-based approaches), and examined how bringing relational values to the fore of these policy tools could empower grass-root action and achieve sustainability goals.
The concept of relational values is quickly gaining traction as a crucial, and previously overlooked, way of understanding what matters to people and why. By incorporating relational values into decision-making of all kinds, we can make environmental policies and programs implementable and effective. We can avoid many of the unintended negative effects, and harmonize smart policy mixes to enable a transformation in social norms toward sustainability.
As the dramatic loss of biodiversity continues to ravage the environment and threaten human well-being, it is becoming increasingly clear that the most formidable barriers to saving nature are political, not scientific or technical. The challenge to global and national environmental governance is to develop do-able solutions and to activate political support for such action. Among the bold solutions being offered is the allocation of half of the planet's surface to nature.