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Call for Participants: Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions | 11-24 April 2008

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***  Apologies for any cross-posting. Please share this announcement --
Thank you!  ***

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS 

"Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions"

EcoRes Forum Online E-Conference | 11-24 April 2008

http://www.eco-res.org  

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ENVIRONMENTAL & CLIMATE JUSTICE E-CONFERENCE

Dear HDGEC Subscribers:

You are invited to join the EcoRes Forum from 11-24 April 2008 for
"Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions", the
second in a series of online dialogues focusing on the ethical,
political and socio-cultural aspects of climate change.

As experts call for swift action in response to accelerating climate
change, the words “global warming” have become commonplace. Headlines
and commentators tout the latest technological developments, politicians
focus on greening their platforms, and concerned citizens in MDCs check
their house insurance and consider relocating to higher ground.
Adaptation is underway. 

But what about those who can’t make that choice? Those forced to cope
with changes they can least afford, changes to which they contributed
little? As the data continues to pour in, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo
de Boer's warning is being confirmed – over and over again: “The most
vulnerable communities in the poorest countries, those who have
contributed nothing to climate change, will be the worst affected by its
impact."

As the growing numbers of unemployed, displaced and dis-eased climate
refugees and victims of injustice outpace projections, one thing is
clear: Our task, our ethical responsibility, is to ensure that this
indefensible discrimination does not continue. What will this require?
Nothing less than incorporating fully the interrelated principles of
environmental and climate justice across the board, at all levels, in
all decision-making platforms, throughout all societies. 

The purpose of this dialogue is to raise awareness among participants
about environmental and climate justice: what these concepts mean,
underlying causes and symptoms of EJ/CJ injustice, how this injustice
may be rectified, and related elements ranging from national immigration
policy and international contraction and convergence proposals to
xenophobia and racism.

PANEL OF EXPERTS: Joining the Forum panel will be Drs. Julian AGYEMAN
(USA), Patrick BOND (South Africa), Robert D. BULLARD (USA), Michael
DORSEY (USA), and Shirley THOMPSON (Canada), internationally known and
respected leaders in their fields. Additional panelists are being
announced throughout March. 

BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS: Proposals for self-directed breakout discussions
and presentations on related subjects may be submitted to
[log in to unmask] Each selected presentation will be provided with a
stand-alone webpage and unlimited discussion threads within the Forum
website, with limited server space provided for presentation materials.
Deadline for proposals: 18 March 2008. 

NEW FORMAT!! EcoRes is pleased to introduce its new web-based
e-conference format, which will be hosted on the Forum website.
Registration is required for participation, with materials accessible as
read-only for non-registrants.

The EcoRes Forum e-conference series brings together academics and
activists, scientists and social critics, researchers, journalists,
community leaders and members from around the world, offering a unique
opportunity to learn from and network with like-minded citizens. By
offering the series free of charge, crossing cultural, disciplinary and
geopolitical borders, and removing the financial and logistical barriers
to participation often encountered by those whom climate change
threatens most, EcoRes continues to encourage wide-ranging stakeholder
participation, with registrants from over 90 countries taking part in
previous issue discussions.

Join us as we discuss this urgent need for widespread political and
societal transformation: For more information or to register for the
April event, visit the EcoRes Forum at http://www.eco-res.org.

We look forward to sharing this thought-provoking discussion with you! 

The EcoRes Forum Team
http://www.eco-res.org  

Online Registration Now Open: http://www.eco-res.org/register.html  

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EcoRes Forum April 2008 E-Conference Panelists – First Cohort

Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. FRSA 
Associate Professor & Chair, Dept of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Planning, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA (EJ & sustainability; Just
sustainability, Rural racism, linkages to belonging, becoming,
continuity & change in racialised spaces; Education for sustainability)

Patrick Bond, Ph.D. 
Professor & Director, Centre for Civil Society, School of Development
Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (Carbon
trading)

Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta
University, Atlanta, GA, USA (Climate justice; Environmental racism;
Sustainable development; Regional equity; Urban land use; ...)

Michael K. Dorsey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH, USA (International equity; Environmental justice;
Biopolitics)

Shirley Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Lake loadings of toxic chemicals;
Environmental equity & health; Natural & social capital; ...)

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EcoRes Forum Mission  
In keeping with our foundational philosophy of ecocentric environmental
ethics and commitment to the principles of social equity and
environmental justice;

- by leveraging the potential of new media by providing an easily
accessible global platform for discussion and access to subject experts;

- by involving global stakeholders in global issue discussions by
circumventing the logistical and financial barriers of traditional
dialogue interactions; 
- by building ongoing connections and networks between these actors; 
- by crossing borders, whether disciplinary, philosophical, or
geopolitical; and 
- by maintaining a results-oriented focus; 

the goals of the EcoRes Forum are: 

- to level the field of discourse by moving it to a space whose
boundaries are set only by our own creativity; 
- to promote awareness, public dialogue and the free exchange and
exploration of ideas, knowledge and issues related to climate change; 
- to leave all participants with something of value, whether knowledge,
best practices, or a new perspective, which can be put to use
immediately to improve efforts in their individual fields; and 
- by so doing, to contribute to taking the environmental movement to the
next level and thereby, in some small way, to assist in preventing
further extreme human-induced climate change.

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EcoRes Forum Online E-Conference Series
Exploring the Ethical, Political, and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Climate
Change

Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions | 11-24
April 2008
For details, visit www.eco-res.org 


Visit us on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ecoresforum 


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