Webinar Series: When Climate Change Intersects Crime

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The signs of climate change as a result of global warming are all around us. The causes of global warming stem from the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation but what are the drivers of these intertwined processes of consumption and destruction? Research shows that as climate change continues to impact agriculture and access to food, calls from nations of the Global North for increased food security are leading to new forms of exploitation of resources in countries of the Global South. Droughts, floods, hurricanes may not generate only new conflicts but also exacerbate existing ones as places characterized by violence are the least able to tolerate these climate shocks. Migration to big cities is adding pressure to already troubled areas, making people more susceptible to violence while others are forced on dangerous paths beyond national borders. Climate change seems to be one of the major forces driving violence and conflicts but is this the case? Who is most responsible for climate change and who are the groups most affected by it? Is climate change itself a crime and in the future, will crime become a coping mechanism to climate change? What needs to be done to mitigate and adapt to climate change? This webinar series aims at offering reflections of the most renowned experts in contemporary green criminology on these questions and opening an arena for discussion for an interdisciplinary audience.

The series is composed of six webinars organized by Safeplaces network, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and the Department of Social Sciences of Northumbria University, in the UK. The hosts of the seminar series are Prof Vania Ceccato and Prof Tanya Wyatt.

The series starts on February 10th and ends in November.

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