Justice is about who gets what (and why) in social distributive systems,
but the way we think about the demands of justice has for most of our history
been confined to specifying the duties individual humans have toother (currently
living) individual humans. Anthropogenic climate change (ACC) challenges this
traditional focus in three distinct ways. First, we need to think about how
collectives can produce harms even though none of the individuals making up the
collectives intends to cause the harms. Second, we need to extend our moral
gaze to far-flung future generations, taking seriously the rights and interests
of future people. Third, we need to come to grips with the damage we are doing
to natural systems, quite apart from the knock-on effects this damage does to
our own interests. In short, ACC requires us to revolutionize our understanding
of the demands of justice. I will describe this new moral world as carefully as
possible and lay out some ways in which we might navigate it wisely.
Dr. Byron Williston
Williston, author of The
Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change (2015) and Environmental
Ethics for Canadians (2011). Dr Williston is an Associate Professor of
Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Interdisciplinary
Centre on Climate Change at University of Waterloo. He received
his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and has previously taught
at the University of Toronto and the University of South Florida. He has
published widely in the history of philosophy (especially the modern period,
from Descartes to Nietzsche), the theory of knowledge, the philosophy of
emotion, and ethical theory.
Dr. Peter Berry, PhD; Senior Policy Advisor with the Climate Change
and Health Office at Health Canada
Berry is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Climate Change and Health Office in
the Safe Environments Directorate at Health Canada where he has worked since
2001 and a 2006Recipient of the Dr. Andrés Petrasovits
Aware for Excellence in Public Health.
While at Health
Canada Peter has conducted research in several areas related to climate
change including health risks to Canadians, adaptive capacity of health
systems, health vulnerability assessment and communicating climate change
risks to the public. As part of Health Canada’s initiative to help Canadians
protect themselves from extreme heat he co-authored a number of guidance
documents for public health officials.
collaborates with researchers within and outside of Canada to facilitate
public health adaptation. He is a contributing author for climate change and
health vulnerability and adaptation assessment guidelines that were released
by the World Health Organization in 2012 and to the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change Special Report on the Management of Extreme Weather Events.
He was a lead author for the health chapter of the Government of Canada
climate change and impacts assessment update (2014).
Rob Kaleel is the Executive Director of the
Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO). LADCO was established in
1989, making it one if the oldest Regional Planning Organizations in the
country. LADCO’s members include the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Ohio and Wisconsin. LADCO primary role is to provide a forum for its member
states to discuss regional air quality issues. LADCO also provides technical
assessments— photochemical grid modeling and emissions inventories-- for its
Prior to joining LADCO, Rob worked for more than 30 years at the
Illinois EPA - Bureau of Air. He served in varying capacities at Illinois
EPA, most recently as Manager of the Air Quality Planning Section. In this
capacity, Rob was responsible for air-quality related regulatory planning for
Illinois, including development of State Implementation Plans (SIPs),
emissions inventories, and air quality modeling. Rob has also worked as a
private consultant as a specialist in air quality modeling and permitting.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Network
Local Actions and Innovation
Regional and Transboundart Action Stream:
Innovation in local air quality monitoring and information
A panel of Hamiltonians
engaged in addressing air quality locally will highlight some of the more
recent activities in Hamilton to engage, monitor and inform the local
community on air emission sources and actions that can be taken to protect
Sally Radisic is a Health Hazard Specialist with the City of Hamilton Public Health Services. She has spent over 15 years working
in the environmental health field at both the federal and local government levels. Currently she is completing her PhD studies
in the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at McMaster University. Over the years, Sally has had the opportunity to
work collaboratively with the public, private and non-profit sectors. Sally’s research interests focus on risk communication
theory and application in public health.
Denis is president of Corr Research (http://www.corr-research.com/) and Chair of Clean Air Hamilton.
His Ph.D. is in Physics and he has worked in all three of university, government and business.
At the Province, Denis led the environmental response to the 1990 Hagersville tire fire, the
largest tire fire in the world at that time, and managed all environmental aspects of putting out the fire and subsequent cleanup.
Denis was also a Professor of Engineering Physics (part time) at McMaster University for thirteen years.
He is still active in air monitoring and air quality policy development.
Dr. Lynda Lukasik, Environment Hamilton – Bicycle Air Monitoring (BAM)
and Initiative for Healthy Air & Local Economies (INHALE)
Lynda is a co-founder and current Executive Director of Environment
Hamilton - a not-for-profit environmental organization established in 2001 with a mandate to provide Hamiltonians with the knowledge
and skills to protect and enhance the environment around them.
Her environmental work has been recognized with a Canadian Environment Award,
the Dr. Victor Cecilioni Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year award, and Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.
She holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Anthony Ciccone is the Vice-President of Infrastructure and Power of North America for Golder
Associates Ltd. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1988 and has additional
advanced training in computational fluid dynamics. He is an Adjunct Professor at Western University with
The Boundary-Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, in the Faculty of Engineering Science in London.
Dr. Ciccone is the Principal Investigator for the Hamilton Airshed Study in Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Janya Kelly is an Air Quality Specialist with Golder Associates Ltd. Janya has
over six years of experience in the field of atmospheric science, with work experience
focused on both air quality and climate change. Dr. Kelly’s experience includes noteworthy
work in field of regional and airshed modelling. Currently, Dr. Kelly is the project manager
for the development and implementation of the Hamilton Airshed Modelling System, covering the industrial region of Hamilton, Ontario.
Break & Network
Making Infrastructure Work – Sustainable Mobility Programs in Hamilton
Hamilton has a long history as
a transportation hub and continues to develop and evolve its transportation
system into the 21st century.Large
and small investments are on the horizon in transit, walking and cycling
infrastructure to serve the needs of a growing urban population.In order to prepare and get “Rapid Ready”,
a robust sustainable mobility program has been developed and is currently
being implemented to include a new bikeshare
system, 2-way protected bike lanes, extensive public engagement, robust
incentive programs and new policy development in complete streets.This presentation will cover this and more
Peter works in the Public Works department of the City of Hamilton where he oversees
the implementation of a wide range of programs, policy implementation and infrastructure projects to promote active and
sustainable modes of transportation, bike sharing, carsharing and carpooling throughout the City. In addition to his work at the City,
Peter teaches at McMaster University and is the Chair of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area TDM Coordinating Committee.
Peter has a Masters in Engineering and Public Policy from McMaster University.
Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Local Climate Change Plans
Atif Kubursi is Emeritus Professor of Economics and also taught in the elite Arts and Science Programme at McMaster University.
Dr. Kubursi taught economics at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, and was Senior Academic Visitor at Cambridge University,
UK in 1974/75. He also served as the Acting Executive Secretary, and Undersecretary General, of the United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Western Asia in from 2006 to 2008. He is the recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal.