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POSTPONED - Elite Climate Policy and Finance after Doha: Catastrophic Consequences and Continued Marginalized Resistance

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 12:00 PM

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Michael Dorsey's talk scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, has been postponed. Details on date, time, and location are forthcoming.

Michael Dorsey's talk scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, has been postponed. Details on date, time, and location are forthcoming.

Please join us Wednesday, March 27, for a conversation with Michael K. Dorsey '96 M.F.S., visiting fellow and professor of environmental studies in Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment. His talk, entitled "Elite Climate Policy and Finance after Doha: Catastrophic Consequences and Continued Marginalized Resistance," will explore the changing climate policy regime and its continued reliance on failed neoliberalism by elaborating on the failure of carbon trading in reducing emissions levels, and the latest litany of chimeric combinations and divinations of “new market mechanisms” emerging from Doha.

Dr. Dorsey will pay particular attention to the emergence of the new Green Climate Fund and evaluate how much (or little) can be expected of this new window in climate finance. He'll look at examples of marginalized resistance to elite climate strategy -- from indigenous resistance to REDD/REDD+, to urban waste-picker dissent against continued carbon trading, inter alia -- to suggest roadmaps for climate justice inspired by the world’s poor, in and beyond metropoles.

The talk, part of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies' Wednesday Lecture Seminar Series, is at 12:00 PM in Kroon Hall's Burke Auditorium at 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, Conn. It is free and open to the public; lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please contact Susanne Stahl at susanne.stahl@yale.edu.

Dr. Michael Dorsey is visiting fellow and professor of environmental studies in Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment. Prior to Wesleyan he was an assistant professor in Dartmouth College’s Environmental Studies Program and the Director of the College’s Climate Justice Research Project. Dr. Dorsey is a co-founding board member of Islands First—a multilateral negotiating capacity building organization for small island developing states facing disproportionate threats from unfolding climate change. Since 2008, Dr. Dorsey has been an Affiliated Researcher on the Sustainability and Climate Research Team at Erasmus University’s Research Institute of Management inside the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM-ERIM, The Netherlands).

Dr. Dorsey’s work focuses on global environmental governance and sustainability, with particular attention to how multilateral finance instruments impact climate and biodiversity policy. Dorsey’s articles have appeared in Nature; Carbon Market Europe; Journal of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA); the Los Angeles Times; and beyond.

For more than two decades Dr. Dorsey has provided strategic guidance and advice to governments, foundations, firms and a multitude of others on the interplay of multilateral environment policy, finance and economic development matters.  In 1992, he was a member of the U.S. State Department Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, “The Earth Summit.” From 1994-96 he was a task force member of President William Jefferson Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. A member of the Sierra Club since the mid-1980s, Michael served seven years (from 1997-2003; and from 2009-10) as a Director on the Club’s national board. In 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland, Dorsey was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Fluent in Spanish, from 1999 to 2001, Dorsey lived in Ecuador and was a program director jointly with the Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo and Acción Ecológica. At Acción Ecológica Dorsey co-led an initiative monitoring the commercialization of biodiversity in Ecuador as well as the other four countries in the Andean Pact.  Subsequently he advised the Ecuadorian Institute for Intellectual Property (IEPI)—an Ecuadorian government agency. Dorsey is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (B.S. & Ph.D.), Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.F.S.) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A.). Before joining Dartmouth’s faculty, he held the college’s Thurgood Marshall Fellowship in Environmental Studies and Geography.

From April 2007 until November 2008 Dr. Dorsey was a member of Senator Barack Obama’s energy and environment Presidential campaign team. In 2009 the Ford Foundation, recognized Dr. Dorsey’s ongoing contribution to examining the interplay of climate change policy, finance and social justice concerns with an inaugural grant for the Climate Justice Research Project, supporting research on how emerging carbon markets shape justice-based climate policies. In July 2010 Lisa Jackson, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Administrator, appointed Dr. Dorsey to the EPA’s National Advisory Committee (NAC). Administrator Jackson reappointed Dr. Dorsey to the US-EPA NAC in 2012.






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