"Making the point. Carbon neutral or carbon zero? Towards COP26: transforming climate policies and societies"
28 Sep 2021

II International Conference on Climate Justice

Making the point. Carbon neutral or carbon zero? Towards COP26: transforming climate policies and societies

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Climate Justice and the international research group “Climate Change, Territories, Diversities” have the pleasure to invite you to the our second international seminar entirely dedicated to the theme of Climate Justice (October 27th).

The conference will host several international guests to discuss the crucial issues regarding the transition toward a just and low-carbon society.

The conference will start with an overview of the global carbon budget, with a focus on present emissions and possible future scenarios. Then, will be presented mitigation campaigns for social and energy transition, specifically the international campaign for the adoption of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Italian national legal campaign “Giudizio Universale”. Chase Iron-Eyes will report the battle of the Lakota indigenous people, whose territory is strongly threatened by the fossil fuel industry. Then, the conference will investigate interactions between research and environmental battles with the campaign which led to the ban of gas flaring activities in Ecuador. Finally, the Jean Monnet Centre will share its project to map good practices of environmental justice.

The conference will be held online via the ZOOM platform. To participate register in this form

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PROGRAM (4:30 – 7:30 P.M. CEST)

The conference will be held in English and simultaneously translated into Italian and Spanish. Below is a brief summary of the programme:

Institutional opening:

Francesca Da Porto | Vice Rector for sustainability, University of Padova
Massimo De Marchi | Coordinator of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Climate Justice, Dep. ICEA – University of Padova


Anthropogenic CO2 emissions and climate change: the state of art and future scenarios | Meike Becker, Researcher at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen

Leave it underground: the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty | Harjeet Singh, Strategic Partnerships Advisor – FFNPT

Geonode Platform to map organizations and best practices about Climate Justice and Change | Daniele Codato, Researcher at the CoE Jean Monnet, Dep. ICEA – University of Padova

Legal actions for climate and social justice in Italy: Giudizio Universale and other climatic mitigations launched in Italy | Luca Saltalamacchia, Italian network “Legality for climate

Oil development in indigenous territory: resistance and alternatives from Lakota | Chase Iron Eyes, Lead Counsel and Co-Director of Lakota People’s Law Project

Extreme Citizen Science for Unleakable and Unburnable Carbon in Amazon | Francesco Facchinelli, Researcher at the CoE Jean Monnet, Dep. ICEA – University of Padova |

Movements towards COP26: System change, not climate change: uproot the system: how do we do it? | John Sinha, COP 26 Coalition

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Meike Becker

Research on Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen, her fields of competence are: Biogeochemistry, Natural Climate Varibiality, Ocean Acidification and Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions. She has published many scientific papers, among which the most relevant is the Global Carbon Budget in 2019, in where Dott. Becker is one of the several authors.

Harjeet Singh

Harjeet Singh is the Strategic Advisor: Global Partnerships to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. Harjeet is a global expert on the issues of climate impacts, migration and adaptation and has been supporting countries across the world on tackling climate change. He is also Senior Advisor – Climate Impacts at Climate Action Network – International (CAN-I). Until recently, he has led ActionAid International’s climate change work globally. He is a member of the United Nations’ Technical Expert Group on Comprehensive Risk Management (TEG-CRM) under Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. He has served as a board member of Climate Action Network – International (CAN-I) and the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR). Harjeet has co-founded Satat Sampada, a social enterprise that promotes sustainable and environmental solutions such as organic food and farming in India and beyond.

Chase Iron Eyes

Chase’s distinguished career fighting for the civil rights of Native Americans includes serving as lead local counsel in the Dakotas for the Lakota People’s Law Project, co-founding the Native news website, and work in the Native Lives Matter movement. In 2016, he was the Democratic congressional nominee for North Dakota. From the beginning of the movement, Chase was involved on the front lines of the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, hosting tribal leadership, providing legal services, and joining the water protectors in their prayerful and peaceful protest. Born on Standing Rock Nation, today Chase lives at Pine Ridge as an enrolled member of the Oglala Nation. Chase holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and American Indian studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Juris Doctor of Law degree with an emphasis in Federal Indian Law from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Daniele Codato

CJ Research grant and Member of Scientific Committee. Human geographer, specialized in spatial and multitemporal analyses in complex territories, and climate-related issues. He works on a global atlas on unburnable carbon comparing EU and global spatial policies on fossil fuels.

Luca Saltalamacchia

Luca Saltalamacchia has been a member of the Italian register of lawyers for nearly 20 years. He has always been involved with pacifist and environmental associations, such as Friends of Earth. He has also followed several cases of human rights violations perpetrated by Italian multinationals against local populations as a result of projects with a strong environmental impact, such as the construction of dams and hydroelectric plants in Latin America by ENEL or the impacts related to the extraction of fossil fuels in the Niger Delta by ENI. Since 2018, he has been working on climate change issues and launched the “Giudizio Universale” campaign. Furthermore, he is a member of the Legality for Climate Network, composed of lawyers committed to climate issues, with which he is carrying out a series of initiatives, including the legal action in progress against ENI for the lack of commitment in its de-carbonisation actions that do not respect the objectives set by the Paris Agreement.


John Sinha was a member of the officers’ group in 2004-2005 when the group was first set up. Amongst his main activities, he was involved in organising the first international climate demonstrations timed for the COP in 2005 with responsibility for maintaining the global website and setting up Climate Justice Action in 2008. Also, he was part of the organising group that put on the first UK Climate Camp at Drax in 2006 and played an organising role during the COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009. More recently, he has been involved in Code Rood, By 2020 We Rise Up initiative, Time To Cycle and Endegelande as part of its international mobilisation and is a contributor to the One Million Climate Jobs pamphlet.

Francesco Facchinelli

CJ Research grant. Natural scientist and Geographer, collaborates with the research team “Climatic changes, territories, diversities” of the University of Padova. His research focuses on the study of the impacts of oil production in the Ecuadorian Amazon, combining satellite data and work in the field.

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