Huxley Speaker Series 4/27: George Lakey on Addressing Climate Change through Nordic Strategies

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Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 8:18pm

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, George Lakey will deliver his talk, "Climate Action and the Struggle for Economic Justice," at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

George Lakey argues that although some environmentalists are reluctant to get the critical question of climate mixed up with other issues such as economic and racial justice, there is evidence that intersectionality is the best pragmatic choice for making progress. Lakey will present evidence from the Nordic countries, which he argues set the pace for addressing the climate crisis globally.  

George Lakey recently retired as professor from Swarthmore College where he researched the Nordic economic model and its impact on climate, democracy, and social well-being.  His students were given credit by the New York Times for catalyzing the national campus movement for divestment of fossil fuels in the U.S.  At the same time, he co-founded Earth Quaker Action Team, which forced the seventh largest U.S. bank to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.