Wed, Feb 03, 2010: Report Back from Copenhagen and Environmental Refugees

This Science for Peace General Meeting features a lecture on Ecological Refugees by Professor Laura Westra and a report back from Copenhagen by Robert Stupka, a member of the University of Toronto student delegation to the Copenhagen Climate Summit this past December

When: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: OISE, room 4-414, 252 Bloor Street West

Laura Westra received her first Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and taught ethics and environmental ethics at several U.S. and Canadian universities until 1999. She returned to school for a second Ph.D. in Jurisprudence after one year as an Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, and received it in 2005. Her thesis, Ecoviolence and the Law, was published by Transnational Publishers (now Brill) in 2004. Since then she published a trilogy on Environmental Justice (Unborn and Future Generations, 2006; and Indigenous Peoples Rights, 2007; and The Rights of Ecological Refugees, 2009, with Earthscan, London). She is the author of 22 books, collections and monographs and over 85 articles and chapters in books. Westra now teaches environmental law at the University of Windsor, and is the founder and director of the Global Ecological Integrity Group since 1994. She is also a Science for Peace board member.

Robert Stupka is a second year masters student in the Sustainable Infrastructure Group at the Department of Civil Engineering. His research interests include sustainability in engineering design, renewable energy systems and carbon emissions of cities and neighbourhoods. The themes around Robert’s thesis work are in exploring how the concept of neighbourhood metabolism can be used to produce local, renewable energy and carbon neutral communities. Robert has worked for four years as a geotechnical engineer and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa. He is co-author of a study linking Ontario’s Places to Growth land use plan with transportation carbon emissions and guide to carbon reduction strategies for Canadian municipalities.