Public Lectures by Stephen Gardiner and Tahseen Jafry

We are delighted to invite you to two public lectures on Climate Justice, which will be held during St Andrews’ inaugural Climate Week:


Wed 29 May 5-6.30pm (St Salvator’s, School II)

Prof. Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington)

Beyond Institutional Denial: A Global Constitutional Convention for Future Generations

Humanity is in deep institutional denial. Current institutions are failing future generations, in part because there is a governance gap when it comes to promoting intergenerational concern. This gap facilitates a tyranny of the contemporary that puts the young and other future generations at risk. Climate change is a prime example. To confront intergenerational tyranny, humanity needs more than merely a Summit for the Future. It needs a global constitutional convention focused on future generations.


Thu 30 May 4-5.30pm (St Salvator’s, School II) – followed by wine reception. 

Prof. Tahseen Jafry (Glasgow Caledonian University) –

About Climate Justice: What Does it Mean and What Lies Ahead?

In July 2023, Europe reached scorching milestones with relentless heatwaves and Scotland had its hottest June ever. Several regions grappled with unprecedented rainfall, triggering ecological and socioeconomic upheaval. However, impacts aren’t equally distributed, those who contribute minimally to carbon emissions, find themselves on the frontline of these erratic weather extremes. 

Despite being on our doorstep, the reality of climate disparities and injustices remains largely hidden. Scotland must prepare to connect with and apply a climate justice framework. This talk will explore how to embrace the changes we are witnessing in our climate and delve into a positive dialogue on what we needs to be made to combat climate inequality, ensuring well-being and economic prosperity for all.

The second lecture will be followed by a wine reception (location to be announced) – all are very welcome to attend!