Environmental Justice
Climate Change Student Conference
March 26 - 28 2004

About the Conference

The Environmental Justice and Global Climate Change Student Group (EJCC) and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan (UM) are pleased to announce the upcoming conference, “Just Climate? Pursuing Environmental Justice in the Face of Global Climate Change,” to take place in Ann Arbor, MI from March 26-28, 2004. The aim of the conference is to further the dialogue among scientists, academics, policy-makers, economists, residents and activists from communities around the world about how global climate change will affect disadvantaged communities. We wish to identify what efforts can be made to mitigate and adapt to these changes and explore policies and collaborative projects that are a step towards climate justice.

We are inviting activists, scientists, policy-makers and scholars from communities and Universities around the world to submit paper abstracts and case study descriptions for the conference. At the conference, we will seek common ground among the perspectives and interests of these various stakeholder groups, and search for collaborative solutions to the existing challenges. The first day will be devoted to jointly defining the issue of climate justice and identifying the main barriers to climate justice. The second day will be devoted to case studies and panels from regions around the world where some effort towards climate justice have been initiated. The last day will identify challenges and opportunities that cut across the various regions, and look towards opportunities for cooperation among stakeholders in the future. Throughout the conference, working groups will meet to define indicators of climate justice and define collaborative research agendas and action plans both regionally and globally.

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