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Ryan Katz-Rosene Scaling Climate Action: Lessons from (and for) the Flying Less Movement
October 6 @ 13:30 - 15:30
Scaling Climate Action: Lessons from (and for) the Flying Less Movement
2021 October 06
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Katz-Rosene
Is there any point to taking ‘personal action’ for the sake of the climate? Do such voluntary acts have any real material climatic impact? Using the Flying Less Movement as an example, I model how individual action on climate change can serve as an integral ‘first step’ towards changes at higher scales of the collective. I argue that since climate action is a multi-scalar and iterative process, personal actions have an important role to play (particularly for the world’s wealthiest individuals)—even if, ultimately, collective action is fundamentally required.
Ryan Katz-Rosene is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, with affiliation to the Institute of Environment. His work examines a range of climate policy debates (in the transport, agriculture, and energy sectors) through an ecological political economy lens. He lives on a family farm near Wakefield, Quebec.