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E-M:/ Climate Justice Conference

Enviro-Mich message from "Megan Owens" <MOwens@pirgim.org>


WHAT: “Just Climate? Pursuing Environmental Justice in the Face of 
		Global Climate Change”

WHERE: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

WHEN: March 26th - 28th, 2004
*Please note registration activities begin Thursday March 25th at 8:30pm
with an informal reception.

WEBSITE: www.sitemaker.umich.edu/snre-ejcc

Dear Friends,
The Environmental Justice and Climate Change Student Group, the School of
Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Philosophy at the
University of Michigan are pleased to invite you to participate in the
conference "Just Climate? Pursuing Environmental Justice in the Face of
Global Climate Change".. This event will be taking place March 26th through
28th, 2004 in the Dana Building on the University of Michigan’s central
campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. March 5th marked the end of an exciting
speaker series held at the University leading up to the conference and
introducing the complex interactions between climate change and
environmental justice. Speakers in the series included Mike MacCraken,
President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric
Sciences, Timmons Roberts, Director of the Mellon Environmental Studies
Program at William and Mary College, and Amit Srivistava Director of Global
Resistance and Coordinator of the India Resource Center.

Below is information about this exciting event. The Environmental Justice
and Climate Change Student Group website can be visited at
and offers additional information about the conference, including a
registration form (registration is free) and draft agenda. Questions about
the event can be answered at ejccinfo@umich.edu. 

Hannah Arkin
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Student Group
School of Natural Resources and Environment 
University of Michigan

Global climate change is affecting vulnerable communities around the world.
Those most adversely affected are disadvantaged communities with the least
access to resources to either prevent or adapt to climate change. The aim of
the “Just Climate? Pursuing Environmental Justice in the Face of Global
Climate Change” conference is to bridge the gap between scientists,
academics, policy-makers, economists, and activists from communities around
the world as well as to further the dialogue about how global change affects
disadvantaged communities presently and in the future. We wish to identify
what efforts can be made to mitigate and adapt to these changes and explore
policies and collaborative projects that promote climate justice.

At the conference, we will unify the perspectives presented during the
speaker series and discuss more in-depth solutions to challenges presented.
During the first day, participants will jointly define the problem of
climate injustice and work to integrate various perspectives. The second day
will be devoted to case studies and panels from regions around the world
where integrative work on climate justice initiatives has already begun. On
the final day of the conference, participants will collaboratively define
opportunities for cooperation among academics, scientist, policy-makers,
economists and community members that address the various challenges and
opportunities discussed. Throughout the conference, workshops and
discussions will take place to define indicators of climate justice and
define collaborative research agendas and
action plans both regionally and globally.   

Department of Philosophy 
Environmental Justice Initiative 
International Institute
Marshall Weinberg Foundation 
National Science Foundation Paleoclimate Program
Rackham Graduate School 
School of Natural Resources and Environment

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