Rural Australians hardest hit by climate change

Monday 14 Oct 2013
Rural Australians will be the hardest hit by climate change, according to Professor Steve Vanderheiden from the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE).
“The environmental changes associated with climate change are likely to place increasing stress on Australia’s natural and social systems,” he said.
“Some of these changes raise questions of fairness; both in terms of competing demands for increasingly scarce resources like water and in terms of the coordination of adaptation efforts.
“Rural Australians will be most affected by climate change, but it will be the more centralised authorities that plan and fund those efforts.”
Professor Vanderheiden will explore some of the issues involved in a presentation at the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference starting on Tuesday 15 October in Coffs Harbour.
Established in 1997, SEGRA is Australia's premier conference on regional issues and is designed to help rural and regional communities achieve successful economic growth and development.
CSU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Andrew Vann said the conference complemented the University’s mission to help its communities grow.
“Charles Sturt University is Australia’s largest regional university, and we’re very proud of that,” he said.
“We describe ourselves as a university whose courses, graduates, and research, help our communities thrive economically, socially, and environmentally.
“We’re committed to improving educational outcomes for indigenous, regional, rural and remote Australians, and by doing so, improving the quality of life in our communities.
“The SEGRA conference is an excellent opportunity to bring together other people and organisations with the same goals to see how we can make real differences for people in the bush.”
Professor Vann will chair a plenary session on Wednesday 16 October which will include Director of Community Portals from New York’s Mission Markets Mr Michael Shuman, and Committee of Sydney CEO Dr Tim Williams.
The full program is available here.


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  In addition to his numerous articles and book chapters in political theory and environmental politics, he is author of  Atmospheric Justice: A Political Theory of Climate Change(Oxford, 2008), which won the 2009 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award as the best book in international environmental politics.