Global Climate Crisis: Seeking Solutions - Virtual Conference Only

Global Climate Crisis: Seeking Solutions


Virtual Conference


Tuesday April 14th, 2020 


9am - 6pm 


Virtual Conference Link:


Access Password: global2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, commonly known as coronavirus, and with concern for the health of our attendees, the April 14 Conference will only be streamed online.  



Global Climate Crisis: Seeking Solutions 




The global climate crisis underscores the primary challenge facing the global community today. How to reduce the devastating human impact on the environment is the most vital issue that requires non-partisan, united action based on scientific evidence as well as a clear moral framework. The issue has profound implications for the common good of humanity. The negative impact of humanity on the ecosystem and the planet is clear to see.


A rapidly expanding and growing global population poses major challenges in how to justly balance the finite resources of the planet. Limited availability and inequitable distribution of the planet’s resources significantly impact social relations both within and between nations, increasing the risk of conflict. 


This conference will bring together leading scholars from a diverse range of disciplines to discuss how we can come together to find solutions for the existential environmental threats facing the planet. By approaching the problem from different perspectives, the speakers will address key questions surrounding the science, ethics, and implications of climate change. 


Conference Schedule  


Hoda Mahmoudi

Research Professor and Chair, The Baha’i Chair for World Peace

Opening Remarks 

9:30 - 10:30

Richard A. Houghton

Senior Scientist, Woodshole Research Center

Land’s Potential for Limiting Climate Change




Rathana Peou

Southeast Asia Regional Scenarios Coordinator


Discussion of the Futures of Food, Water, and Energy Securities in Southeast Asia and Anticipatory Governance Practices 

11:30 -11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45

Kyle Powys Whyte

Timnick Chair and Professor, Philosophy, Michigan State University 

Indigenous Energy Justice and the Climate Change Crisis



14: 00 - 15:00


Victoria Keener

Research Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu HI

The role of science boundary organizations in informing regional decision making and policy

15:00 - 16:00



Maxine Burkett

Professor of Law, University of Hawai’i Manoa

First Do No Harm: Climate Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Repetition

16:00 - 16:15

Coffee Break




Melissa Nursey-Bray

Head of Geography, University of Adelaide

People and the Environment: Engaging communities in environmental decision making 


Closing Remarks





Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, University of Hawai’i Manoa, HI


Richard A. Houghton, Senior Scientist and George M. Woodwell Chair for Global Ecology,   Woodshole Research Center, MA


Victoria Keener, Research Fellow and Lead Principal Investigator of the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments (Pacific RISA) program, East-West Center Honolulu, HI


Melissa Nursey-Bray, Associate Professor and Head of Geography, Head of Geography,  Environment and Population, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia 


Rathana Peou, Southeast Asia Regional Scenarios Coordinator, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security


Kyle Powys Whyte, Timnick Chair and Professor, Philosophy, Michigan State University, MI


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:45pm

The Conference will be streamed online at: Access Password: global2020


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