Ciplet discusses power dynamics and climate negotiations
With an interesting research and career portfolio that blends social movements and climate change, David Ciplet joined the Environmental Studies Departmentat the University of Colorado Boulder earlier this academic year bringing with him a focus on power and inequality in climate change and global politics.
Ciplet joined researchers and international policymakers in Paris for the United Nations’ climate change conference (Conference of the Parties, COP21) in December. In his book, Power in a Warming World, which was published in September, he and his co-authors argue that international negotiations on climate change are likely to fail to prevent major climate impacts and continue to be vastly inequitable unless such efforts contend with powerful coalitions and the fossil fuel economy. We [UC Boulder] sat down with Ciplet, a former middle school teacher and community organizer, to find out what led him down this path and what negotiations are necessary moving forward.