CLIMATE CHANGE, PEACE, AND PROSPERITY

Date:  Sunday, September 13, 2015
Speaker:  Tariq Banuri

Meet & Greet: 1:45 pm • Presentation: 2:00 pm • Meeting Closes: 3:30 pm
Salt Lake Main Library, 210 East 400 South
Fourth Floor Meeting Room

Tariq Banuri, Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, was formerly the Director of the UN Division for Sustainable Development in New York. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, and has taught at several universities around the world, authored a number of books and professional articles, provided policy advice to the UN and national governments, and contributed to the design of institutions and networks on sustainable development. He has served on prominent forums for policy and research, including as Coordinating Lead Author on the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

“In 2007, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) received the Nobel Prize for peace, perhaps the most prestigious prize in the world. The talk will explore the multi-faceted relationship between climate change and world peace, including a brief review of the quest for world peace, including the history of the Nobel peace prize, the role played by economic prosperity in peace building, and the threat posed by climate change to peace both directly and indirectly through its impact on future prosperity.”

References and Resources:
Athanasiou, Toma, Paul Baer, and Sivan Kartha, The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework. http://www.ecoequity.org/docs/TheGDRsFramework.pdf.
Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Better Growth, Better Climate. http://newclimateeconomy.report/TheNewClimateEconomyReport.pdf.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si, Papal Encyclical on the environment and human ecology. http://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/encyclicals/documents/papa- francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si_en.pdf.
IPCC AR5, Climate Change 2014, Synthesis Report: Summary for Policy Makers,

Click to access AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf

Schellnhuber, John, Common Ground: The Papal Encyclical, Climate Change, and the Protection of Planet Earth. https://www.pik-potsdam.de/images/common-ground.
United Nations, Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications, Secretary General’s report No. A/64/350.
http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/64/350.
Questioning Minds is a non-profit, educational forum with 501(c)(3) status. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, September through April, except major holiday weekends, in the Salt Lake City Main Library.

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