GCU hosts Global Landscapes Forum session on Climate Justice

01 December 2015

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is hosting an exchange pavilion as part of the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum, a conference running in parallel to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this month.

As world leaders convene to agree on Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate deal beyond 2020, the Global Landscapes Forum (December 5 and 6) will leverage this historic opportunity to shape the development agenda.

The Forum will bring together international Ministers and 2500 stakeholders from across sectors, including forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law and finance. The Forum is led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

As part of the Forum, GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice experts Professor Tahseen Jafry, Dr Ted Scanlon and Dr Mandy Meikle are hosting a Food Security and Livelihoods exchange with the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative, the Plan Vivo Foundation, Fairtrade International, the Center for Food Safety and Kyoto University.

The session will investigate what climate justice is and explore how climate injustice can be addressed by the UN Climate Change Conference, Sustainable Development Goals and other means.

Professor Jafry, Director of GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice, is an engineer and a social scientist and has extensive research for development experience on natural resource management, gender transformative approaches to food and nutrition sovereignty, poverty targeting, climate change and social/climate justice.

Her team is working with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Communications on an international project to tackle gender inequalities and food security in South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan). The University’s Centre for Climate Justice has also been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund to explore ways of improving access to water among the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Malawi and Zambia and to improve access to clean energy in Malawi.

Climate justice recognises humanity’s responsibility for the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the poorest and most vulnerable people in society by critically addressing inequality and promoting transformative approaches to address the root causes of climate change.

Professor Jafry said: “As the University for the Common Good, GCU aims to both reduce inequalities and promote social justice, and contribute to regeneration and growth. We work to apply our research and knowledge to address societal challenges associated with a changing climate via a climate justice approach to enrich cities and communities. We focus on building our research excellence through partnerships and collaborations with strategic national and international partners to secure a multi-disciplinarity. As such, we are delighted to play a part in this historic forum.”