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Speaker: Alana Mann, University of Sydney
The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) has declared a climate emergency in which we have perhaps 10 years to stall a tipping point that leads to catastrophe, and possibly human extinction. Food systems, responsible for up to 37 per cent of global emissions, are widely cited as part of the problem. Prevalent discourses promote technological solutions and put the onus on eaters to change their consumption practices. In her talk Alana Mann contests these approaches, arguing that we must acknowledge and address the ecological and economic legacies of colonialism in our food systems, and promote the value of diverse food cultures as sources of resistance and resilience.
Alana is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney and a key researcher in the University's Sydney Environment Institute. Her research focuses on the communicative dimensions of citizen engagement, participation, and collective action in food systems planning and governance. She is Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project FoodLab Sydney and is the author of Food in a Changing Climate (2021), Voice and Participation in Global Food Politics (2019) and Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift (2014).
The talk will be followed by an online Q&A session.
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