Climate Justice course at the University of Toronto

Instructor/Coordinator: Dr. Paul Hamel
Day: Mondays
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: UC 177

The Health Studies program is offering a new course during the Winter 2013 term.

UNI409H1 S – Special Topics on Health Research

The specific content of this course will vary from one year to another, depending on the availability of particular health researchers and scholars. In a given year, the course may focus on AIDS, tobacco addiction, nutritional issues in low-income countries, and the persistence of infant health problems in poor Canadian communities.

This year’s topic/description: CLIMATE JUSTICE

Much about climate justice has to do with environmental racism. Too often the framing of climate change has been about land without people, about pristine environments or about appealing animals. There are a number of euphemistic terms that obscure the threat to human life, to the human species, resulting from extreme weather events, loss of food, water and soil. Human impacts are already devastating for the “darker nations”. A public health framework sheds a spotlight on those conditions that need to change immediately in order to protect human life from widespread premature death and avoidable misery.

This course considers the problem of climate change and the barriers making the real changes at the necessary scale to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. General topics discussed in the course include an overview of current climate change findings, a historical perspective on how this has been addressed, the economic and geopolitical context of the energy sector, the veracity of various proposed solutions, the limitations of the analysis of societal side of this crisis as well as areas generally unexplored such as militarism and environmental racism.

Instructor/Coordinator: Dr. Paul Hamel
Day: Mondays
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: UC 177

This course is now open for enrolment on ROSI with 25 spaces available. Please contact khamla.sengthavy@utoronto.ca if you have any questions.

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