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Grounding what it means to 'overcome poverty' in a time of climate emergency 
Angela Mae Minas (The University of Manchester)
Rachel Carmenta (University of East Anglia)
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Palmer 1.02
Thursday 29 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This session will explore poverty and climate change, with a critical focus on interpretations of what constitutes poverty and how these are reflected in climate and development projects. We aim to extend current understandings in order to legitimise decolonised adaptation and mitigation responses.

Long Abstract:

Actions on climate change interrelate and interact with multiple dimensions of poverty and inequality, and often seek to achieve some form of win-win. In this session, our aim is to critically evaluate how poverty is currently understood and interpreted in climate-conservation and development research and practice in order to ground, legitimise and make relevant, decolonised adaptation and mitigation responses that do not exacerbate inequality.

This panel will bring together papers that use multiple disciplinary perspectives to unpack what constitutes poverty, explore synergies and tradeoffs between climate, conservation and development goals, and examine what achieving net zero could look like in low- and middle-income country contexts. We will present case studies and empirical work at different scales of action (local, national, global) and geographies. Our aim is to focus much needed attention to Global South research on poverty and climate change that is otherwise dominated by Western perceptions of what it means to be poor, to be impacted by climate change and explore the concept of being 'forced' into the pursuit of 'resilience' in a time of climate emergency. We will discuss the implications of these issues on policy and the role of research in decolonising current approaches in climate and development planning.

The panel will be convened by theme members of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research's Overcoming Poverty with Climate Action and will cover diverse geographies, disciplines and theoretical lenses.

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Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -