Luke Devlin

CHE public talk: Burning the planet at both ends: how can we cool it? The struggle for the global commonswith Justin Kenrick

Feb 25th 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU

What connects the torching of indigenous communities in Kenya and Osborne’s ‘Sermon on the Pound’?

The Kenyan government is currently torching thousands of homes of indigenous Sengwer communities in the name of conservation. The global clearances continue despite the fact that the poor in Kenya do have lawyers – for the courts are simply ignored. Can aligning communities struggles, national concern and international campaigns counteract local, national and international elites attempts to capture resources from those who have maintained their resources for centuries? Can the independence debate enable us to focus on, rather than distract us from, responding to the state of the world? How?

Justin Kenrick received a BA in Social Anthropology at Cambridge and his PhD in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh. He was a lecturer in social anthropology at Glasgow from 2001 to 2009. He left to work with the Forest Peoples Programme to support Central African Forest Peoples’ rights, and to work on parallel processes of community resilience in Scotland ( and

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