Environmental justice is a social movement and analytical framework to address the unfair exposure of marginalized communities to the harms associated with resource extraction, hazardous waste, and other land uses. But how does Environmental and Climate (In)Justice manifest itself in the region? And how are the dominant economic and development models in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq affecting future generations? Pushing for sustainable development and a just transition is thus a question of justice: between current and future generations, between those who benefit and those who are affected by these practices, and between those who have the means to isolate themselves from their negative repercussions, and those who have to endure the most of it. The Environmental Justice Program tries to put special emphasis on the issues of climate change and renewable energies, on the access to public resources, and the right to sustainable agriculture and a just international trade regime.
City Debates is a yearly conference organized by the Masters in Urban Planning & Policy and Masters in Urban Design Programs at the American University of Beirut. This year, Professor Ralf Pasel joined AUB's City Debates 2018 in Beirut and summarized his presentation in the following 2 podcasts: