Environment, development and society

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Environment, development and society

Title: Using Environmental justice to understand the social implications of climate change to climate change victims in Sub-Saharan Africa

Below are sources I recommend they do not have to be used and other sources and be used instead.

Environmental problems have also become a question of class and ethnicity. This lecture will explore how negative effects of economic development have hit the poorest the hardest. This session will introduce the concepts of environmental justice and its origin in the US. The session will look at pollution, waste and marginalised groups in the US. The session will then look at how environmental justice is useful for understanding global environmental injustice and environmental inequalities.


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Climate change is perceived to be the most dominant global environmental problem that human kind is facing. It has become a symbol of environmental challenges that needs to be solved on a global level. Still this global problem has hit societies, ethnicities, gender and class differently. This session will first introduce the impacts of climate change and discuss the differences of impacts on different groups and individuals around the world.


IPCC Report (2014) on Climate Change, Adaptation and Vulnerability: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/

Global Humanitarian Forum, 2009. The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis. Human Impact Report on Climate Change. Global Humanitarian Forum, Geneva. Executive Summary, p. 1-4. http://www.preventionweb.net/files/9668_humanimpactreport1.pdf

World Bank, 2008. The Social Dimensions of Climate Change. World Bank, Washington, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTSOCIALDEVELOPMENT/Resources/244362- 1232059926563/5747581-1239131985528/WB_ReportFINAL062009.pdf  Executive summary, p. 7-9. (Read also introduction and framing the issues until p. 32)

Arnall, A., Oswald, K., Davies, M., Mitchell, T., Coirolo, C., 2010. Adaptive social protection: mapping the evidence and policy context in the agriculture sector in South Asia. Working paper 345. Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, Brighton, https://www.ids.ac.uk/publication/adaptivesocial-protection-mapping-the-evidence-and-policy-context-in-the-agriculture-sector-in-southasia NVD

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IPCC, 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Working Group II. Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Executive Summary: http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/wg2/ar4-wg2-spm.pdf

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  • Introduction to the climate change debate and victims of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Background of changes of climate change over the region
  • Discuss Environmental justice (What is environmental justice? How did it come around? History etc? …)in relations to climate change
  • Critical analysis of the social implications of climate change victims in Sub-Saharan Africa with focus on environmental justice (This is the main part of the essay and should have a lot of focus)
  • Include, scholars viewpoints, theories, strong analysis of the implications and social consequences of climate change caused by developed countries etc
  • Conclude with the most pressing and important factors and include recommendations in the conclusion of what can be done à what does climate change really mean for these victims etc.. what does the future look like etc..

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