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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Is the North to blame for the climate crisis?

Time: 12pm to 1pm

Should the north pay reparations to the climate vulnerable countries for decades of the developed world's over-consumption?


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A recent study by Goldsmith’s University put the global north as responsible for 92% of excess global carbon emissions.

Though North America and Europe are now experiencing floods and wildfires on a new scale, it is the southern hemisphere that is bearing the brunt of flooding, droughts, famine and migration.

Join the panel to debate whether the north should pay reparations to the climate vulnerable countries for decades of the developed world’s over-consumption; and where do we stand on ‘consumption-based emissions’ where largely western countries outsource production to high-emitting China and India?

Join the panel to discuss the ethical and realistic financial impact of the inequalities of the climate crisis.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. It is chaired by Maggie Chapman MSP, Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee.


Tejal Kantikar

Tejal Kanitkar is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She is a mechanical engineer by training and has worked on various aspects of energy planning and policy, and climate change mitigation, for over 15 years.

Her research interests lie in the areas of energy, development, and climate policy. She works on trying to integrate perspectives from the natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences to understand the interconnected aspects energy production, environmental constraints, and economic development, with a perspective that prioritises equity in the era of acute environmental crises such as climate change.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, RSGS

Mike Robinson is Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) based in Perth. He has worked in the Scottish charity and environment sector for 25 years, and has an array of board roles, including as previous chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), the 2020 Business Leaders group, and of the Scottish Parliament’s short-life working group on annual climate targets. He holds a number of advisory roles in agriculture, transport, universities and city development, and led the development of the Climate Solutions Programme for managers and leaders.

Danae Kyriakopoulou, Senior Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics

Danae Kyriakopoulou is Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics where she leads policy work on climate and economic development. Between 2016-2021, she was the Chief Economist and Director of Research of the Official Monetary and Financial Institution Forum (OMFIF). As part of this, she set up the Sustainable Policy Institute and served as its Managing Director and Chair of its Advisory Council, of which she is now a member. Previously she was Managing Economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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