The UK’s smoggy industrial past and consumerist present means it is a top offender for carbon emissions. Between 1850 and 2007, the UK constituted 5.8% of global emissions. Measuring historical emissions per person puts the UK 2nd in global ranking, after Luxembourg and before the USA. The “outsourcing” of extractive and heavily polluting industries, as well as carbon intensive production, by the Global North also creates a skew in emissions data. Today, the average individual in the UK has a carbon footprint nearly 3 times bigger than the global average. As the profiteers of generations of colonialism and exploitation, the consumption of carbon in the UK remains fraught with global importance, intertwined with issues of race, class, colonialism, and gender.
This workshop, developed in partnership with the Comparative Media Studies department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through funding from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, opens up conversations on the links between colonialism and climate change.
The workshop is free and publicly available for you to host in your community.
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Workshop Video 1: “What is Climate Justice?”
Workshop Video 2: “Climate Injustices”
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