Theme 1: Climate justice (world views, justice & ethics)

This theme will outline the history and shape of notions of climate justice, and seek to identify common ground and differences.

  • International and intergenerational justice normative frameworks - in mitigation, adaptation and financing
  • Religious perspectives – basis or barrier to climate action?
  • Ideal and non-ideal climate justice
  • The question of extending the timeline
  • Anthropocentric and deep ecology approaches - false dichotomy? 
  • Moral corruption and climate change
  • Other

Theme 2: Barriers to implementing climate justice

2.1    Science and technology
This theme will explore the interconnections between climate justice, science and technology, with case studies focusing on the Paris Agreement, and clean coal (where the debate in Australia has international ramifications).

  • The IPCC 1.5°C report
  • The Paris agreement 1.5/2° target 
  • Climate justice and climate science: synergy or disconnect? 
  • The role of the climate scientist and ethics  
  • Technological fixes or fantasies - geo-engineering and climate change
  • Clean coal and climate justice 
  • Intellectual property - basis or barrier to climate technology solutions
  • Climate Change Scepticism/Denialism: the media and contrarian scientists
  • Other

2.2 Governance
This theme will examine the interconnections between climate justice and governance structures post-Paris in a context of rising populism with political leaders of many countries appealing to short-term individual selfish interests. Do we face the risk of a Climexit with a breakdown of global governance structures?

  • Burden sharing frameworks for implementing the Paris Agreement 
  • Is Australia doing its fair share in terms of climate change mitigation
  • Understanding the process of political and social change 
  • Resilience and change 
  • Addressing poverty and climate change 
  • Procedural barriers for reform - both national (Australian) and comparative
  • Democracy - barrier or prerequisite for climate action 
  • Future generations and international law 
  • Intergovernmental governance structures 
  • Other

2.3    Economics
This topic will explore to what extent current practices and discourses in economics constitute a barrier to implementing climate justice. Case studies will examine in particular the role of corporations.

  • Reforming economics for the Anthropocene 
  • Neoliberalism as a barrier to climate justice and law 
  • Corporate social responsibility: ethical and legal frameworks
  • Plausible alternatives to the market-oriented climate change paradigm?
  • Other 

2.4    Art, activism, and learning
This session will explore the linkages between climate justice and art, as well as new forms of engagement and learning about climate change, nature, and science.

  • Climate change and the Anthropocene art: activism or aestheticism?
  • Imagining a different future: Necessity, Ethics and Empathy?
  • Dialogue, engagement, and community
  • Art and climate science 
  • Art: Music, Performance and Climate Change
  • Other

In addition to the above, an art/music side events-program is in development.


Theme 3: Strategies for making a different future a reality

This session will focus on perspectives and strategies to overcome the barriers to implementing climate justice identified in the other sessions of the conference.

  • Understanding human psychology in dealing with climate change
  • Civil society and activist NGO strategies
  • Reforming global energy governance for the Anthropocene 
  • Advancing the global and regional climate governance systems post-Paris 
  • Fossil fuel divestment in Australia 
  • Reconfiguring international environmental law for the Anthropocene 
  • Institutions to factor-in the interests of future generations
  • Commissioners for Future Generations
  • Climate litigation
  • Perspectives from the Global South
  • Perspectives of First Nations 
  • Feminist perspectives
  • Younger people 
  • Comparative case study: renewables, communities, and lessons from the field
  • Other: what are we missing?