Overline: IASS Focal Topic 2022
Headline: Justice in Sustainability

The issue of justice is increasingly playing a greater role in the transformation towards sustainability. Calls to improve justice outcomes touch on a variety of issues, in particular the distribution of the costs and benefits of transformations as well as the burdens of climate change and environmental degradation. Other claims target procedural aspects: Who should have access to decision-making about transformation towards sustainability? A third set of justice claims focuses on recognition: Which groups are or should be recognized as rights-holders or as affected or especially vulnerable populations?

The issue of justice is increasingly playing a greater role in the transformation towards sustainability. Calls to improve justice outcomes touch on a variety of issues, in particular the distribution of the costs and benefits of transformations as well as the burdens of climate change and environmental degradation. Other claims target procedural aspects: Who should have access to decision-making about transformation towards sustainability? A third set of justice claims focuses on recognition: Which groups are or should be recognized as rights-holders or as affected or especially vulnerable populations? These claims arise in different fields and sectors: Countries from the Global South argue that those countries most responsible for the climate crisis should shoulder a greater burden and call for efforts to deliver equal access to energy. Matters of social justice also loom large in discussions around the coal exit and the adoption of a carbon tax.

Recent years have seen a surge of interest across the scientific community in the nexus of justice and sustainability, and the relevance of research on issues such as just transitions and equity in governance. The IASS will make justice and sustainability a key focus of its activities in 2022. Throughout the year we will gather together the diverse threads of this debate with the aim of rendering visible the various dimensions of injustice within transformations towards sustainability and developing suitable solutions.

Lecture Series Calendar

27.01.2022 5pm – 6.30pm (CET) Neubauer et al. versus Germany: Planetary Climate Litigation for the Anthropocene? Louis Kotzé (NWU)
Online via Zoom

24.02.2022 5pm – 6.30pm (CET) Struggle for Agrarian and Environmental Justice: The Farmers Movement in Northwest India. Navdeep Boora (IISER Mohali)
Online via Zoom

31.03.2022 5pm – 6.30pm (CET) Gender-Just Climate Solutions: Bottom-up Approaches to Systemic Change. Gina Cortés Valderrama (WECF)
Online via Zoom

28.04.2022 5pm – 6.30pm (CEST) Climate Justice Activism. Leah Temper (McGill University)
Online via Zoom

19.05.2022 5pm – 6.30pm (CEST) Civil society in climate forums: the challenges to building consensus around climate justice. Tasneem Essop (Climate Action Network (CAN)
Online via Zoom

30.06.2022 3.30pm – 5pm (CEST) Hydrogen Justice. Franziska Müller (University of Hamburg)
IASS Potsdam, Helmholtzstr. 5, 14467 Potsdam, Canteen

06.07.2022 2pm – 3.30pm (CEST) Indigenous Climate Politics and Justice between Generations. Matthias Fritsch (Concordia University)
IASS Potsdam, Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam, Ballsaal

26.09.2022 10am – 12pm (CEST) Solar geoengineering as a false climate policy solution. Frank Biermann (Utrecht University)
Online via Zoom

All events will be either online or hybrid.

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