NYC
2018
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
1.82
Timeslot: 
Session 6: Sunday, June 3rd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
Host/Sponsor(s): 
Event Organizer: 
Reading List: 
Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene, Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change
Description: 
How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? Cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion’s share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels. Today, the majority of the world’s megacities are located in coastal zones, yet few of them are adequately prepared for the floods that will increasingly menace their shores. This panel will consider what's at stake globally for the most vulnerable communities who are are already feeling the impacts of climate change. Scientists are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple. How can we link the struggles against neoliberalism, austerity, high housing costs and gentrification, with support for the rights of free movement across borders, for migrants displaced by the effects of climate change, and for environmental justice? What can we learn from urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way?

Participants

McKenzie Wark is the author of Molecular Red, General Intellects, A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York... Read more
Ashley Dawson is a professor of English at the City University of New York, and the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute. He is the author of Extreme Cities: The Peril and... Read more
Thanu Yakupitiyage is a long-time immigrant rights activist, media professional, and cultural organizer based in New York City. She worked for the New York Immigration Coalition for close to seven years where she headed the organization's communications and media relations strategy. Through... Read more