ENVS Colloquium: "Against Crisis Science: Research Futures for Climate and Energy Justice" by Dr. Kyle Whyte

Join the Environmental Studies department for our first annual Patricia Sheffels Keynote Lecture Series! We will be joined by Dr. Kyles Whyte on the first and second of March for his talk against "Against Crisis Science: Research Futures for Climate and Energy Justice" in the Paleo Hall of the Museum of Natural History. 

There will be a catered social hour in the Bioloung in the basement of the Museum at 2:30 prior to the talk.


Research on climate change and energy is often put forward as science that addresses today’s global environmental crisis. There is moral and epistemic urgency to ask scientific questions that will engender knowledge of and solutions for climate change. For diverse Indigenous peoples, the issues and solutions being studied have promises and perils for environmental justice. Climate and energy justice problems --as Indigenous peoples experience them -- are rarely represented fairly in research. Moreover, there is evidenced concern that some researchers are not taking seriously enough that some prominent solutions to climate change will foster further degradation and dispossession of Indigenous territories. There are already cases of solutions to climate change whose implementation relies on the same colonial tools and institutions that Indigenous peoples have resisted for generations. Better pathways are needed for science to relate to environmental justice, both in terms of research itself and the risks of climate solutions. One starting point for developing such pathways is a critical assessment of the assumptions about the nature of the global environmental crisis that drive the urgency of certain scientific questions. The critical assessment of the meaning of crisis holds major insights into what questions about climate and energy are genuinely conducive for a future of Indigenous justice. Deep reforms to the leading assumptions about the meanings of justice and crisis are crucial next steps for scientists who seek to stand with communities affected by climate and energy injustice.


Wednesday, March 2 at 3:30pm

Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleo Hall
1035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

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