The Politics of Energy Transition Post-Fukushima: Anthropological Lessons from Europe and North America

06.08.2015, Symposium, DIJ Tokyo

Symposium organized by the Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS), Hosei University and the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ).

It is no secret that the risks of the world's current reliance on fossil and nuclear fuels are rising as signs of climate change, ocean acidification, environmental toxicity and fuel scarcity mount. At the same time, modern civilization remains entirely dependent on intense use of fuel and electricity to power its conveniences. Energy transition plans are being designed and implemented across the world but they are moving too slowly and often without reexamining assumptions about what constitutes "development" and often driven more by energy industry needs than by community values and objectives. Based upon anthropological research in the United States, Germany and Mexico, and with the aim of inviting discussion on Japan’s own energy politics post-Fukushima and pre-2020 Olympics, the speakers will discuss different models of energy transition in North America and Europe today and why some have succeeded whereas others have failed. The lecture will focus above all on the ethical and political considerations of energy transition in a world of differential access to and attitudes about energy.

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