Speaker to discuss climate change and peace

March 20, 2015  


Geoffrey D. Dabelko

Geoffrey D. Dabelko 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Geoffrey D. Dabelko, an expert on global environmental politics, conflict and peace building related to climate change, will speak on March 31 at Purdue University.

"Backdraft: The Conflict and Peace Potential of Responding to Climate Change" is 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, Room 1010.

"Climate change is a global challenge, and professor Dabelko's view is that environmental issues do have an effect on political violence around the world," said Keith Shimko, an associate professor of political science and event organizer. "His insights show how environment stewardship can help affect peacebuilding."

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Andrew Maner Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

Dabelko is professor and director of the Environmental Studies Program at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. He teaches and conducts research on natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding; global environmental politics; climate change and security; and environmental leadership. He is co-directing an environmental peacebuilding study abroad program in the Balkans.

Dabelko is co-editor of "Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics." He is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding and an advisory board member of Screenscope's "Journey to Planet Earth" PBS documentary initiative. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Source: Keith Shimko, kshimko@purdue.edu 

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