Radical climate conference program released


A draft program for the Climate Change Social Change conference, over November 5-7, has been released and is available on the conference website.

Major conference sessions include topics such as: “A safe climate — what will it take?”; “Climate justice: their agenda and ours”; “Food sovereignty for surviva”l; and “The global economic crisis and the ecological revolution”.

The conference will take place at the University of Melbourne. It is organised by Green Left Weekly and the Socialist Alliance, and is sponsored by the University of Melbourne's Office of Environmental Programs.

Conference organisers are also pleased to confirm two new speakers.

Ariel Salleh

Ariel Salleh, a pioneer of eco-feminist-socialist theory, is a researcher in political economy at the University of Sydney.

Her current focus is on how reproductive labour sustains the humanity-nature metabolism. This project has benefited from years of activism and teaching — at New York University; IWS, Manila; and the University of Western Sydney, where, until recently, Salleh was associate professor in social ecology.

Her books include Ecofeminism as Politics and the anthology Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice. Salleh is a founding editor of the respected ecosocialist journal Capitalism Nature Socialism. She has published about 150 chapters and articles, and edited two journal special issues. Visit .

Hans A. Baer

Hans A. Baer is a senior lecturer in the school of philosophy, anthropology and social inquiry at the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne.

Baer has published 16 books, co-edited several special journal issues and published about 160 book chapters and journal articles. He co-wrote with Merrill Singer Global Warming and the Political Ecology of Health: Emerging Crises and Systemic Solutions.

In early 2008, Baer began investigating climate politics and the climate movement in Australia, an ongoing project, and is writing a book with Verity Burgmann.

He serves on the editorial board of Complementary Health Practice Review and the Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Baer considers himself a scholar-activist and has been involved various movements over the years, including peace, social justice, anti-apartheid, labour, socialist, environmental, and climate justice movements.

[To read the draft program, or to register for the conference, visit www.ccsc2010.wordpress.com .]

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