Friday, April 27, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Levermore Hall, Room 309

After the Disaster(s)? Climate Justice in the Caribbean

Join Michael Menser of the Department of Philosophy from Brooklyn College as he discusses the concept of climate justice.

Hurricane Irma

Climate justice is the view that those responsible for causing climate change are responsible for compensating its victims and we all should work together to make our societies and its systems more equitable and resilient (able to adapt to rising seas, extended heat waves and droughts, etc.).  

Menser will discuss the one region particularly vulnerable to climate change, the Caribbean. A critical component in the global system since the slave trade, the countries and dependencies of this region are vulnerable not just because of more intense storms such as Hurricanes Irma and Maria but because of the legacies of debt and disinvestment since the onset of colonialism.

In this talk, drawing on the views of energy democracy and food sovereignty, Menser will look at current fights against “disaster capitalism” and examine models for a more democratic and equitable resilience especially in Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Barbuda.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Tabert
Philosophy Department
p – 516.877.4580
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