18. November 2019 –
Das VIDC (Wiener Institut für internationalen Dialog und Zusammenarbeit) lädt zu folgender Diskussionsveranstaltung:
The use of natural resources is unequally distributed at a global level. Those who use the least resources, bear most of the effects of excessive resource use, above all the impact of climate change. Thus, “environmental inequality” might reinforce income inequality as well as gender inequality, within and between countries. Ecological inequality is also a symptom of an unequal exchange: While countries of the Global South export resources, countries of the Global North outsource dirty production, and thereby environmental costs, to the Global South.
Mitigating and adapting to climate change will require large (public) investments to leapfrog traditional carbon-intensive economies. But funds are scarce to meet the enormous amounts needed. Environmental taxes are not only useful in deterring environmentally damaging behavior. They can generate tax revenues that enable especially poorer cash-strapped countries of the Global South to meet internationally agreed climate and development targets. However, environmental tax reforms should not exacerbate social inequalities.
The following questions will be addressed throughout the event: What causes environmental inequality? Who is affected and how? Could environmental taxes be a useful instrument to fight environmental inequality? Which experiences have been made in countries of the Global South?
The event will link socio-ecological transformation, the main topic of the 2017 Austrian Development Conference, with inequality, which will be discussed at the 2020 Development Conference.
Welcome and book-presentation:
Margareta Grandner, Dep. of Developing Studies, Univ. of Vienna, co-editor of the book "Globale Ungleichheit“ (“Global Inequality”)
Panel Discussion with:
Anke Schaffartzik, Inst. for Social Ecology (SEC)/Univ. of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Karlygash Kuralbayeva, Dep. of Political Economy, King’s College London
Video contribution: Rodrigo Pizarro, Univ. of Santiago of Chile (USACH)
Moderation: Martina Neuwirth, VIDC
Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 19:00 – 21:00
Aula am Campus (1.11.), Hof 1, Altes AKH, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Vienna