Dr. Emily T. Yeh, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Professor of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder
The Tibetan Plateau is warming at more than twice the global average rate, leading to more intense, frequent, and longer duration weather extremes. In this talk, I will introduce the Tibetan Plateau and discuss some of the multidimensional impacts that climate change is having on Tibetan herders, showing how climate change effects need to be understood within specific political, economic, and social contexts. In addition, I will discuss climate justice, what it means, and why Tibetan herders are experiencing injustice both in terms of the impacts of climate change, as well as policies purportedly for climate change adaptation.
Sponsored by: Clark University Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda of Massachusetts, The Office of the President, Graduate School of Geography, A New Earth Conservation (NEC), Department of Sustainability and Social Justice, The George Perkins Marsh Institute and the Department of Asian Studies.