Lectures related to Climate Change

Visions of Justice:
Climate justice philosophies in dialogue with Christian theology

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Amy Ross

“Western Christian guiding principles of justice that often inform modern scholars can become so divorced from faith that they reach the point where they are not effective in policy analysis or development. I became frustrated that while scholarship has drawn on a diversity of moral theories to develop conceptions of energy and climate justice there is not consistency, and the challenge of addressing systemic and pervasive injustice is not matched by the thoroughness of the underpinning secular moral theories. Following Keller, the problem I am interested in addressing is that all forms of modern secularism have “inadequate moral sources to support their high moral ideals” “

Bio:
Amy has worked for secular and Christian environmental organisations as a project coordinator, and has carried out postgraduate research examining a variety of responses to the climate emergency. Until mid 2020 she was based at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, U.K. Her research has covered a wide variety of topics within environmental management and governance in Africa, the U.K. and New Zealand. Amy currently works for the Christian conservation organisation, A Rocha Aotearoa NZ as a regional community coordinator for the Eco Church initiative.


“Community and Pacific Perspectives on Psychological Well-being in the Context of Climate Change”

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Olivia Yates

Abstract:
“Scientific thought in the Industrial era saw interdependent conceptualisations of the self as be recast and reduced into the individualised, Eurocentric self. Born from dissatisfaction with the separation of the self from socio-political contexts, and the minimisation of culturally situated knowledge within research, Community and Pacific scholars are decentring Eurocentrism within Psychology. Alternative understandings of the self as embedded within spiritual, familial, social, cultural, and political spheres have informed the development of holistic models of well-being. This presentation follows the development of Eurocentric theories of self as contrasted against community and Pacific framings of well-being. Drawing on research about Pacific climate-related migration, we contest reductionistic views of migrant well-being, and propose alternative approaches to working with climate migrants which conceive of the self as inherently relational, and well-being as intrinsically political.”

“A recent article from several University of Auckland professors refuted Mātauranga Māori as ‘science’. This highlights the need for more engagement with knowledge outside of the Anglo-American tradition. My research on the well-being impacts of climate change emphasises how scientific empiricism alone cannot capture the holisitic implications of climate migration to Aotearoa. Pacific perspectives on well-being are also necessary.”

Bio:
Olivia is a Pākehā researcher and activist working towards climate justice. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland, working alongside the Tuvaluan and Kiribati communities in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to understand the implications of climate-related migration to Aotearoa. Her research is action-based, using research as a tool to work towards a just policy response to climate change. She is a member of the World Universities Network consortium on Climate-Induced Migration and was the recipient of the NZPsS Postgraduate Social Justice Award. Outside of academia, Olivia supports justice initiatives which – like all social issues – intersect with climate change. Olivia has worked for Generation Zero, a youth-led climate action organisation, is a member of Women4Climate, C40 Cities’ women-led climate mentorship programme, and is a member of Be the Bridge, a faith-based racial justice organisation. She currently lives in Onehunga, and enjoys tramping, learning te reo Māori, and finding the perfect almond croissant.