Jesse Ribot of the University of Illinois will discuss "The Dangers of Explaining Climate Crisis: The Contentiousness of Cause" 10 a.m. April 15 on the Duke University Campus.
This talk will use a case study from Tambacounda, Senegal, to explore what causality might look like and to ask why social and political economic causality is so contentious in climate circles and why it is avoided or simply rejected when presented. Ribot will also examine two forms of representation as a key recursive element in causal chains. First, democracy, the ability of vulnerable people to influence the political economy that shapes their assets and social protections. Second, the representation of the full array of causes in the analysis of climate crises.
This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics.