One-day conference: The Politics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Rising sea levels and changing weather patterns are already having disastrous impacts on people in Southeast Asia. If carbon emissions keep on rising, future sea levels will threaten the existence of some of the largest cities in the region.

Southeast Asia is no exception when it comes to bombastic rhetoric on the need for action, with governments proclaiming ambitions goals for emissions reduction - but the gap between rhetoric and real change is substantial. Any ambitious plans for emissions reduction would need a thorough transformation of key sectors, including energy production, transportation, industrial production, agriculture and forestry.

Evidence so far suggests that Southeast Asian states have not commenced this transformation but continue with business as usual albeit with some green trimmings.

This one-day conference aims to relate a comparative analysis of climate politics in Southeast Asia to key processes at the global scale.


Join us for a debate with government delegates and climate justice activists from Southeast Asia:

- How are the national negotiating positions of Southeast Asian countries connected to the balance of social and political forces in the countries themselves?

- How are corporations in key sectors involved in webs of political power?

- How do global industries (mining, agribusiness, automotive etc.) shape national climate policies and prevent radical change?

- What forces work towards a social-ecological transformation of society?

- What strategies are being developed by movements for climate justice?



10:00 - 10:30 | Introduction: The Politics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Speaker: Oliver Pye, University of Bonn

10:30 - 12:00 | Climate Change, Agriculture and Forests - Food Sovereignty vs. the Corporate Food Regime?

Speakers: Suraya Afif, University of Indonesia; Chris Lang, REDD Monitor

13:00 - 14:30 | A Coral-free Future? Renewable Energy and Post-Extractivism in the Southeast Asian Context

Speakers: Anna Fünfgeld, University of Freiburg; Cui Ziyi, Youth Delegate China; Dr. Manuel P Solis, University of Adelaide; Ian Rivera, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice

15:00 - 16:30 | Electric Cars or New Mobilities - what is the Solution to the Urban Traffic and Climate Crisis?

Speakers: Gurmit Singh, CETDEM Malaysia; Stefan Bakker, University of Twente

17:00 - 18:30 | System Change not Climate Change? Strategies and Perspectives of the Climate Justice Movement in Southeast Asia

Speakers: Lidy Nacpil, Asian People's Movement on Debt and Development; Yuyun Harmono, WALHI Climate Change Campaign Coordinator, Indonesia; Yoke Hwa Lai, Youth Delegate, Malaysia; Xia Junze, Youth Delegate China; Nithi Nesadurai, Climate Action Network Southeast Asia


Time & Location: Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:00 - 18:30 | University of Bonn, Department of Southeast Asian Studies (Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften, IOA), 3rd Floor - Nassestraße 2, 53113 Bonn

Contact: Frank Seemann (IOA, University of Bonn): Frank.seemann(at)uni-bonn.de & Oliver Pye (IOA, University of Bonn): oliver.pye(at)uni-bonn.de 

Organized by: students and staff at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, co-hosted by Stiftung Asienhaus & philippinenbüro e.V.



Schlagworte: Emissionen, Südostasien, Politik, Klimawandel