Grace chats with Kelsey Skaggs, lawyer and Executive Director of the Climate Defense Project, about suing Harvard for its failure to divest from fossil fuels while still a law student and the growing momentum around the climate necessity defense. They talk about the decades-long campaign by members of the fossil fuel industry and their allies to undermine climate science and disempower the public, and how regular people have found the courage to risk their bodies and their freedom in nonviolent civil disobedience against government and industry policies that worsen the climate crisis.
Call to Action
To understand the shrinking options available for people to have a say in the climate policy debate and why folks might feel compelled to participate in civil disobedience. Look up the climate change counter movement and #Exxonknew to understand how members of the fossil fuel industry and their allies have been undermining climate science for decades. I’ve posted some links to get you started.
What Exxon Knew About Climate Change
The Climate Change Counter Movement
Mentioned in this Episode
Fossil Fuel Divestment Lawsuit Against Harvard
The Climate Necessity Defense, in Pictures
1 in 6 Americans Would Engage in Non-Violent Civil Disobedience
Juror Who Hears Climate Necessity Defense Speaks About the Need for Climate Action
West Roxbury Pipeline Protesters Not Guilty By Reason of Necessity
Video of Interfaith Action Against the West Roxbury Pipeline