Anthropocene Geopolitics: Climate Change Effects and Future Policies

Sponsored by University of Ottawa Press

Recorded on 12/27/2021
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 237

Anthropocene Geopolitics: Globalization, Security, Sustainability book cover

We often think about the consequences of the climate crisis as relentless wildfires, catastrophic floods, or devastating tornadoes. But climate change causes more than natural disasters; water quality, air quality, and overall public health are impacted as well. As humans continue to encroach on wild ecological spaces, viruses once contained within the animal world cross over into ours—e.g., Ebola, Zika, and, of course, COVID-19. Why does public policy need to recognize all of the effects of climate change? How can the global community work together to better protect the environment, and therefore, ourselves?

In this final episode of the series, Simon Dalby, author of Anthropocene Geopolitics: Globalization, Security, Sustainability, discusses the intersection between our artificial world and public health. He also digs into necessary future policies of the Anthropocene Era and key takeaways from 2021’s United Nations Climate Change Conference.

About the guest:

Simon Dalby
Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University

Simon Dalby is a professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, where he teaches in the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and at the University of Victoria, and holds a doctoral degree from Simon Fraser University. Before joining Wilfrid Laurier University, he was a professor of geography, environmental studies, and political economy at Carleton University.

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Check out our previous series with the University of Ottawa Press:
– Looking at Canadian Community Development
– What We Can Learn from a COVID-19 Spring

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