Event

Private response, public response and climate futures

When
Thursday 12 March 6 - 7.30pm

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Venue

Law LT 101, Sydney Law School University of Sydney

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Who bears the costs when the weather turns nasty?

In association with Sydney Ideas

Who bears the costs when the weather turns nasty? In this lecture Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, Neil Adger, argues that the trend towards devolution of risks, such as coastal planning and the cost of flooding, from the public to the private domain creates new vulnerable groups. In some cases such devolution is neither a legitimate nor a sustainable pathway to climate change adaptation. He draws on research on the implicit social contract between governments and citizens, on who bears the costs and who gains from planning and policy decisions. Adger demonstrates that events matter – how governments react to flood, drought and coastal change itself effects expectations and the willingness of citizens to engage and adapt themselves. Climate change therefore amplifies the need for flourishing futures and resilient societies.

Neil Adger is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK and is presently Distinguished Visiting Scientist at CSIRO. He has researched the social dimensions of climate change over the past two decades, contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and to international assessments on economics, demography, governance and health dimensions of climate change.

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