Nov 292012
 November 29, 2012

Elite climate policy and finance after Doha: Catastrophic consequences & continued marginalized resistance

Michael Dorsey, Visiting Fellow and Professor, Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University, College of the Environment, will be speaking February 25th as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00 – 1:30 in room 101, West Duke Building. This talk is also part of the Environmental Justice Initiative in collaboration with the Nicholas School of the Environment.

Dorsey’s talk will address the need for scholarly inquiry to better understand the ways in which elite policy making—characteristic of the UNFCCC process—enables and entrenches particular interests, to the detriment of the poor. Dorsey will explore the changing climate policy regime and its continued reliance on failed neoliberalism and elaborate on the failure of carbon trading in reducing emissions levels, as well as question “new market mechanisms.” He will also evaluate what might be expected from the new Green Climate Fund and discuss examples of  marginalized resistance to elite climate strategy—from indigenous resistance to REDD/REDD+, to urban waste-picker dissent against continued carbon trading. The talk will conclude with suggestions of roadmaps for climate justice inspired by the world’s poor.

Prior to Wesleyan he was an assistant professor in Dartmouth College’s Environmental Studies Program and the Director of the College’s Climate Justice Research Project. Dr. Dorsey is a co-founding board member of Islands First—a multilateral negotiating capacity building organization for small island developing states facing disproportionate threats from unfolding climate change. Since 2008, Dr. Dorsey has been an Affiliated Researcher on the Sustainability and Climate Research Team at Erasmus University’s Research Institute of Management inside the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM-ERIM, The Netherlands). Dr. Dorsey’s work focuses on global environmental governance and sustainability, with particular attention to how multilateral finance instruments impact climate and biodiversity policy.