On May 13, 2021, Professor Bob Pease presented his research, with a Q&A moderated by WHIN's Chair, Teresa Capetola, from Deakin University.
Echoing Victor Steffensen’s comments in the Lead-In session, Professor Pease notes that climate change is not just a scientific problem but a social problem as well. Western thinking has positioned humans as separate from nature, leading to the destruction of our environment. The word ‘anthropocentric’ implies all humans have shaped the planet, but ignores the differential contribution of groups of humans, colonisation, capitalism and patriarchy. In reality, Western white middle-class men dominate. Even the movement of environmental activism reflects a certain
Identifying that those who contribute most to climate change are the least likely to take action on it, Professor Pease urges a focus on the privileged and how this privilege is obtained and maintained. The links between environmental violence and violence against women are evident, and both must be addressed.
The Q+A part of the session, as always, allowed further exploration. Threads of ‘masculinity’ and green politics; gendering veganism; and the misleading notion of ‘toxic masculinity’ are raised in this fascinating presentation.
Professor Bob Pease is Honorary Professor at Deakin University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania.