top of page

Events hosted by Carleton Climate Commons

“Global Warming Hoaxsters”: The Rising Cost of the Environment

March 21, 2017

“Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!” – Trump


“A Trump administration will focus on real environmental challenges, not phony ones: We will reject Hillary Clinton’s poverty-expansion agenda that enriches her friends and makes everyone else poor. We’ll solve real environmental problems in our communities like the need for clean and safe drinking water.” – Trump


These tweets from notorious climate change denier, Donald Trump, speak to a growing opposition between the environment and the economy. This opposition extends to recent news articles on the effects of climate change, ranging from catastrophic natural disasters to rising taxes. Climate change poses an imminent threat to the survival of the planet, while sustainable development threatens our (economic) survival. We invite you to a discussion that considers the ways in which the environment is pitted against the economy.


Questions to consider:

Is it possible to reconcile these seemingly opposing topics (environment vs economy)?

How do we distinguish between “real” and “phony” environmental challenges?

What are some alternatives to imposing a tax? Is money the only motivator to get people thinking conscientiously about the environment?

What do we mean by the “environment”?



Tuesday, March 21, 2017


1811 Dunton Tower


Moderated by Kim Sigouin



An article on record heat:


Articles on carbon tax:


Please contact Kim at if you are interested in receiving additional readings.

The Same River Twice: Nature, Media, and Philosophy in the Anthropocene

April 12, 2017

Dr. Etienne Turpin

Carleton University 

132 Azrieli Pavilion 

April 12, 3-4:30pm

What do contemporary urban ecologies teach human residents about ethics, epistemology, and media? First attributed to Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC – 475 BC) by Plato, the remark that we cannot step in the same river twice is at once a statement about the nature of perpetual change and an acknowledgement of a tension between sensation and abstraction in human understandings of nature. Over twenty-five centuries later, the Indonesian island of Java is now inhabited by more residents than lived on Earth during Heraclitus’s time, with many living in densely arranged megacities. In fact, the greater metropolitan area of the capital, Jakarta, has over 30 million people residing alongside thirteen rivers that the run from the mountains of the Sunda Arc to the Java Sea. What can we learn from the residential knowledges and itinerant practices that characterize this megacity? This lecture will consider the ethical and epistemic consequences of residential life in the city—including dispositions toward nonhuman entities, mediations that enable collaboration and contestation, and contributions to postnatural ecologies—to help explicate the concepts emerging from this torrential formation. 

Dr. Etienne​ Turpin is a philosopher and Founding Director of anexact office in Jakarta, Indonesia. He studies and designs knowledge infrastructure and produces platforms, exhibitions, and publications by combining design, archival research, documentary, ​and ethnography. Etienne also ​works as a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he coordinates the Humanitarian Infrastructures Group and co-directs the disaster mapping project for the Urban Risk Lab. With Anna-Sophie Springer, he is Co-Principal Investigator of the exhibition-led inquiry Reassembling the Natural and the intercalations: paginated exhibition series for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. He is also editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013) and co-editor of Fantasies of the Library (MIT Press, 2016), Art in the Anthropocene(Open Humanities Press, 2015), and Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation (Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013).

For more information please contact Chris Russill (

Climate Café: Climate Change and Migration

March 01, 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Heart & Crown, Preston Street 


Join us for an evening of conversation, learning and debate as we explore the relationship between climate change, refugees, and migration in our community and elsewhere. 

Speakers Include: 

Nadia Abu-Zahra (International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa)

Jay Drydyk (Philosophy, Carleton University)

Sergio Guerra (Spoken Word Artist and Community Organizer)

Franny Nudelman (English, Carleton University)

Daniel McNeil (History & Migration and Diaspora Studies, Carleton University)

Jay Ramasubramanyam (Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University)

Chris Russill (Journalism and Communication, Carleton University)


Moderated by:

Justin Paulson (Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)


All are welcome!

Academic Air Travel and Climate Change: How Can We Move to Low-carbon Research at Carleton?

January 07, 2020

Tuesday, February 7th - Noon - 1811 Dunton Tower 

Moderated by Marie-Odile Junker (Linguistics and Language Studies)


Aviation has a disproportionately large impact on the climate system. Since 1990, CO2 emissions from international aviation have increased 83 per cent and there is no formal plan to reduce aviation emissions. Academic researchers are among the highest emitters, as a result of emissions from flying to conferences, project meetings, and fieldwork.

Questions for Discussion:

What are the forces that make us fly?

What incentives might make us fly less?

How can we address these issues at Carleton and encourage a low-carbon culture at the university?

We will examine some initiatives existing elsewhere and discuss possible initiatives for us at Carleton University.

Global Economic and Climate Change along the Silk Road: Crisis in Central Asia and Afghanistan

April 12, 2016

What's this itemJoin the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and Carleton University for a panel discussion on the future of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Speakers will bring insights informed by decades of experience in the fields of economic development, public policy, and climate change. In addition Dr Bohdan Krawchenko and Dr Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt from the University of Central Asia will reflect on lessons learned from the UCA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and AKFC, which sought to strengthen research capacity and evidence-based policy-making in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016Time: 1:00 – 4:00PMLocation: Carleton University, River Building Room 2228Cost: Free (please register)Contact: tyler@akfc.caRefreshments will be provided about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

1 / 1

Please reload

Join Us
bottom of page