On February the 8th the Environmental Politics Group welcomed its first guest speaker of the year. Michael Mason from the Department of Environment and Geography at the LSE presented his work on the threat multiplier climate change poses to Palestine. Explored through the lens of the securitization framework, Michael indicated that whilst both the Israeli and Palestinian national authorities acknowledged the threat posed by climate change, both were treating the issue within the confines of normal policy. Michael had gathered rich empirical evidence of some of the ways in which climate change was likely to augment already pressing human security concerns for Palestinians, particularly over water supply, when conducting a UNDP commissioned report on climate change adaptation in Palestine. This made for a stimulating and highly informative presentation and discussion on some of the ways in which the Palestinian government were normalising climate change policy and its motives for treating the issue in this manner.
We would like to thank Michael for his time and we hope he got as much out of his visit as we did.
The next Environmental Politics group meeting is March 7th at 12:45-2pm in the Arts Centre Cinema. Please join us for Sara Jones on “A Filmmaker’s Journey: Can We Promote a Nuanced Climate Conversation Through Digital Media and the Arts?”