Climate Justice Discussion with Belynda Petrie and Gaël Giraud
In 2021, the Center for Values in International Development hosted a series of discussions on ethical development. The fifth and final of these conferences were devoted to climate justice. There was two panelists: Belynda Petrie, an environmentalist from Cape Town, South Africa and contributing author on governance for the Sixth Assessment Report from the IPCC, and Gaël Giraud, Director of the Georgetown Environmental Justice Program and Professor at McCourt School of Public Policy (Georgetown University).
The two speakers presented the disastrous consequences of climate impacts, the concept of adaptation, and the striking injustices linked to the climate crisis. They then discussed the idea of climate justice and the moral imperative to take it into account for mitigation and adaptation policies, along with the necessity of a gendered-informed response to the climate crisis.