Praxis, Ethics & Outcomes From Doing Science in a Nuclear World
Our featured speaker is Barbara Rose Johnston of the Center for Political Ecology. Barbara is an environmental anthropologist whose research explores the linkages between environmental crisis and human rights abuse, seeking acknowledgment and implementation of the right to a healthy environment, environmental equity, and the right to reparation and remedy. She has served as a scientific advisor in a number of international, national, and community-based forums, including the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal, where her research on the biomedical, psychosocial, cultural, and environmental impacts of the United States nuclear weapons testing program and the history and consequences of a classified human radiation experimentation program informed tribunal proceedings, supported judgments, and prompted a subsequent United Nations Human Rights Council investigation. An award-winning author, she has published definitive works that shape the interdisciplinary field of political ecology and demonstrate the power of a science and human rights approach in action-research. Recent major publications include: Consequential Damages of Nuclear War – The Rongelap Report (Left Coast Press 2008); Life and Death Matters: Human Rights, Environment and Social Justice, 2nd edition (Left Coast Press, 2011); and Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures? (UNESCO & Springer, 2012).