Palestine and Climate Justice: Military Emissions as Symptoms of a Genocidal Present and Future

Thursday April 4, 2024
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join the UBC Centre for Climate Justice (CCJ) and Climate and Community Project (CCP) to discuss the connection between the climate crisis and the ongoing genocide in Palestine. Batul Hassan, Patrick Bigger, and Rafi Arefin will build off CCP’s new report “Ceasefire now, ceasefire forever: No climate justice without Palestinian freedom and self-determination” to explore the underlying causes of these intersecting crises and demonstrate how conflict, the climate crisis, fascism, and extractive economies are all playing a role in today’s current events.

For additional context on these topics, check out The Guardian’s coverage of CCP’s report!

About the speakers:

Batul Hassan (she/her) is the policy manager at Climate and Community Project, where she focuses on health, care, and education research that supports transformative climate policy that benefits the multiracial working class. She has a background in public health, migration, and labor organizing.

Dr. Patrick Bigger is the Research Director at the Climate and Community Project. His eclectic scholarly and policy research contends with a range of environmental and political challenges, from the US Military’s role in the climate crisis to the failures of market mechanisms to slow biodiversity loss. His work at the intersection of militarism and the climate crisis won the 2018 Virginie Mamadouh Outstanding Research in Political Geography Award.

Mohammed Rafi Arefin is an Executive Committee member of the UBC Centre for Climate Justice and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Drawing on urban political ecology and environmental justice, science and technology studies, and discard studies, his research and teaching are focused on urban environmental politics with a specific focus on waste and sanitation.

A huge thanks to our event co-sponsors: Middle Eastern Studies, UBC Social Justice Centre, Department of Geography, Department of Anthropology