Peter Dauvergne interviewed by The Ubyssey regarding the climate crisis

Professor Peter Dauvergne was recently interviewed by The Ubyssey on his optimistic stance regarding the current climate crisis.

Excerpt below:

For Dr. Peter Dauvergne, it all began with the collapse of fisheries in Atlantic Canada.

“I grew up in several fishing villages just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Particularly I lived in Hackett’s Cove and Indian Harbour,” he said. “The people were living off the land and were making their livelihoods primarily through fishing so growing up it was quite influential to see the fish stocks slowly disappearing.

“I saw that and saw the power of environmental discourse and also the importance of responding when you start to see signs of a big crisis.”

This formative event eventually led to Dauvergne obtaining a PhD in international relations, with a focus in conservation, from UBC. As a professor of international relations focusing on global environmental politics, he has authored or edited 17 books, supervised many PhD students and received multiple accolades based on scholarship inspired by the plight of his hometowns.

Now, he deals with climate catastrophe both in the lecture hall and on the international stage.

“Biodiversity loss, climate change, overfishing [and] tropical deforestation [are] having huge and unequal consequences for marginalized peoples around the world,” he said.

“And the people with the least power are getting hit with the greatest consequences.”

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