The Centre for Civil Society based within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies invites you to the seminar Rio+20 report back

The seminar will be skype-cast so if you would like to take part, please contact

Speakers:  Khadija Sharife and Patrick Bond

Date:            Monday, 2 July 2012
Time:           12:30-14:00
Venue:        CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College
The Rio+20 Earth Summit held in late June was notable for its failure to generate ideas and policies to save the environment from various forms of destruction, and to assist the many victims of worsening world capitalist crisis. In contrast, the Cupula dos Povos alternative people’s summit and three intellectual conferences (Brazilian Political Economists, International Society for Ecological Economics, and Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade research network – were much more hopeful sites. In these settings, not only was the orthodox ‘Green Economy’ criticised for its corporate-centric, dangerous characteristics, but alternatives for research, projects and policies were explored and advanced.
Khadija Sharife is CCS’s coordinator of EJOLT, a post-graduate student of law and international economics at Liverpool University, and a writer for Africa Report, Capitalism Nature Socialism and numerous other periodicals. Patrick Bond is CCS Director and author of the recent UKZN Press book, Politics of Climate Justice.


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