Prof. Roland Wilson
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University Korea Campus
[Session 2-4] Carbon Neutrality and Climate Change: Exploring the Unlikely Connection with Conflict Analysis and Resolution
There is a growing and increasingly urgent call for major governments, industry, think tanks, non-governmental organizations and global leaders to tackle the issue of climate change, which arguably threatens the very existence of humankind. With this call, there is a sense of agreement that one of the most effective ways to help handle this issue is through carbon-neutral (or carbon neutrality) efforts, which seek either the elimination of carbon emissions or at the last, a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing carbon emissions. Similarly, with the instability caused by climate change, there is an increase in the number and severity of conflicts, which are occurring at all levels of our global society. Therefore, this talk with explore the unlikely connection of these issues with Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR). The author believes that by combining carbon neutrality with CAR efforts, it will not only help to resolve the current conflicts but work to help “provent” future conflicts from occurring. It is also hoped this talk will help to show the utility of combing diverse disciplines for the betterment of humankind.
The Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Peace and Conflict Studies Center Asia (PACSC Asia) at George Mason University Korea Campus are collaborating with Ghent University in order to look at how projects related to biology can be used as a unique force enhancer and diversified tool for conflict transformation and resolution. This combined collaborative effort will help integrate predominately socially constructed theories, research and practice with the Marine Global Project to help guide and sustain positive contact, which in turn will lead to peaceful unification and sustainable positive peace.