Ticketed Talk

In/Visible: The Economic and Environmental Plights of an Island Nation

DJ Spooky, Nauru Elegies

Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), artist in residence, founder, the Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation
Michael Gerrard, Professor and Director, Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School
Lisa Sachs, Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Lane Greene, moderator

Island nations, some quite rich with natural resources, have unique economic and environmental challenges. The short-term economic benefits of extraction versus long term fiscal and ecological stability create legal and ethical concerns with implications far beyond their shores. The islands themselves are at risk of disappearing from rising sea levels due to climate change, and there has never been more urgency to address the human rights issues associated with this imminent threat.

In this companion conversation to the Nauru Elegies, this guest panel looks at the threat climate change poses to Nauru and other island nations, and the legal and international investment issues involved in moving them towards sustainability. Moderator Lane Greene, The Economist, will lead us on a journey, through the unseen networks of the global economy, and the eruptions that ensue when greed and hyper-consumerism go unchecked. In our interdependent society, with debt crises still spiraling out of control on the mainland, how do we re-envision economic prosperity alongside a just, environmentally sustainable world?

This event is part of the Met Salon Series.

Engage with Met curators, artists, and guests in an informal setting, over coffee and light refreshments.

Image above: Warning sign courtesy of Paul D. Miller.

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