It is clear that we live in an era of unprecedented environmental crisis.
Climate change, catastrophic species decline and systematic pollution of air, land and sea portend violent repercussions that will have an irreparable impact on future generations of humans and nonhuman life. Public support for forestalling such degradation and disaster seems high, yet the election of right-wing climate change deniers from Trump to Bolsonaro, threatens the hope that global leaders will preside over meaningful change.
In the hours of broadcast footage, televised debate and online discussion devoted to increasing awareness of environmental harm, the criminological voice is muted, drowned out by the cacophony of staid economic and/or technological “solutions.” Indeed, the proposals that tend to receive the greatest attention are those that offer quick fixes that focus predominantly on nudging consumer behaviour, while ignoring critical appraisals of political economy and the role of the producers and propagators of a harmful system.
This conference aims to kick start a new discussion in criminology - one that engages thoughtfully, but vigorously, with the ways in which the discipline can be brought to bear on a range of issues that are acknowledged widely but largely misunderstood.
The conference schedule will be announced shortly.