learn > events

Upcoming Events

Conference: A just transition -how do we tackle heat, need and greed

Thursday, February 27, 2020

As the world enters the third decade of the 21st century it is confronted by rising global temperatures and worsening climate change, posing a profound threat to human civilization (IPCC 2018). Simultaneously, there is deepening social inequality within advanced countries (Piketty 2016, Atkinson 2015), and between the global “North” and global “South”. Deeply embedded interests, who super-exploit labour, and extract and burn cheap fossil resources globally, have caused and now perpetuate these giant evils.

While some have argued that climate change is an existential threat, to be attacked without reference to distributional questions, others counterpose distributional struggles across a range of needs – jobs, incomes and public services – to radical climate measures. In this context, many call for a “just transition”, a pathway that addresses human need as it also counters the existential threat of climate chaos. This conference provides material for rethinking, linking and addressing both objectives. Anna Coote (2020) argues that this transformational new policy – Universal Basic Services (UBS) - can play a role in saving our societies and our planet.  Expanding the principle of collective universal service provision to everyday essentials such as care, housing and transport is the best way to tackle many of the biggest problems facing the contemporary world

Key note speakers

Heat, Need and a Green New Deal? – Prof Ian Gough

Universal Basic Services? – Dr. Anna Coote

Sustainable Development Goals? – David Donoghue

European Child Guarantee? – Hugh Frazer

Also note Book  4-5pm Education Building, MU Anna Coote & Andrew Percy (2020)  The Case for Universal Basic Services Polity Press

Chair:  Prof Sean O Riain,  Speaker:  Dr Anna Coote,  Dr Tony McCashin

Event is free – further details and registration at  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/a-just-transition-how-do-we-tackle-heat-greed-and-need-tickets-92959569575?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Starts: 27 February 2020 10:00
Ends: 27 February 2020 17:00
Location: Education Building, Maynooth University