Download Professor Gough’s presentation: Oslo Lecture October 2014.
- Place: Lille auditorium, Pilestredet 32 (P32), HiOA
- Date and time: Wednesday 15. October 2014 15:00 – 16.45
Climate change and our countervailing options obviously straddle the global, the national and the local. Professor Gough will in his talk concentrate on the first two.
Ian Gough. Photo: LSE
At the global level the latest climate science is so constraining, that the prime objective must be to leave the oil and coal in the ground and switch very rapidly to a near zero carbon energy system. Where does equity stand in this? Does it mean, in Lord Stern’s words, ‘there is little point in equitable access to a train wreck’? No, I argue rather that we should resurrect the distinction between necessary and luxury emissions, and strive to apply this when allocating responsibilities and burdens on a global scale. Some implications of – and obstacles to – this are discussed.
At the national level the same combination of social equity and environmental sustainability should apply. This means moving to truly integrated eco-social policies, such as carbon rationing, shorter paid hours of work, redistribution of wealth, and active challenges to both ‘luxury’ and ‘lock-in’ that maintain wasteful consumption patterns.
These have mainly been developed in the context of rich countries like the UK, but the challenge is not confined to them. As intra-national inequality escalates, so luxury emissions boom in the global South and in middle income countries such as South-East Europe. In each case the litmus test should be programmes that transit in feasible stages from the neo-liberal present to a greener and fairer future.
Professor Ian Gough is currently Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and an Associate at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI), both at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Until summer 2009, he was Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is currently working on a book on climate change and sustainable welfare.
The event hosted by the Centre for Welfare and Labour Research (SVA) at the Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences. The lecture is organised jointly by NOVA and AFI. For questions, please contact Mi Ah Schøyen, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +47 920 82 754.