SEAS, Ford Presents Conversation on Carbon Technology Research, Climate Justice Policies with Benjamin K. Sovacool

Benjamin K. Sovacool, professor of earth and environment at Boston University, spoke at a climate justice event at the Dana Samuel Trask Building on Friday to discuss his work on social inequalities in the transition to low-carbon energy sources and recommended some political initiatives to reduce them.

The event, which was jointly organized by the School of Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Policy, began with Sovacool highlighting a study he worked on to understand the different effects of four prominent low-carbon technologies: clean stoves , food sharing, electric vehicles and solar panels.

The study found that all four technologies perpetuated social inequalities across racial, class, and gender lines, as well as across geography and generations, and between humans and nonhumans. Sovacool said it’s important to consider not only the presence of each particular disparity, but also how they relate to and exacerbate each other.

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