J. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University, will give a talk at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies (1501 Neil Ave.), followed by discussion, as part of the CLAS Climate Justice Series. His talk is entitled "Climate Justice, Latin America, and the UN Negotiations."
Latin American nations have historically been quite low in emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important gas causing climate change. There are important exceptions, but the region includes some of the lowest-carbon nations in the world. This has recently translated into leadership in the United Nations negotiations, and in 2014 Peru will host the annual talks just a year before the crucial deadline to resolve a global deal scheduled to come into effect by the end of the decade. Meanwhile, the region faces great vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, and issues of ‘climate justice’ have been raised by a series of nations and social movements in the region in a number of ways.