Episode 4: Kelsey Skaggs

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

Climate Direct Action

Four Necessity Valve Turners

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Episode 3: Lindsay Borrows

Grace chats with Lindsay Borrows, lawyer, author, and linguist. Lindsay is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Her love for the land, water and story-telling inspire her to explore law as a way to strengthen relationships between humans and non-humans in the spaces we call home. Lindsay talks about her new book, Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law, detailing the parallels between the revitalization of Indigenous language and the revitalization of Indigenous law and explaining the power of having law written on our hearts. She tells the story of “Waabooz, onginii-waabigwaniin gaye” about the rabbit and the roses, giving us a window into one way to engage with Indigenous laws, and discusses the critical link between Indigenous law and climate justice.

Call to Action

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Episode 1: Grace Nosek

Grace Nosek, host of Planet Potluck, shares how an injury drives her climate work, how a hopeful climate talk changed the course of her career, and how she’s found community and joy by leaning into climate activism.

Calls to Action

  1. Reach out to somebody, right now, don’t wait—a friend who’s already interested in climate change or one you think cares about social and environmental issues. Ask if they want to go to a climate justice event with you. Sign up to together, or one of the other groups listed on our website. It adds so much love and support to show up to the climate movement with a friend.
  2. VOTE! Look up all of your upcoming local, state/provincial, and federal elections, circle them in your calendar, and commit to looking at candidates’ climate justice platforms. Remember the friend from the first call to action, your climate buddy? Make them your voting buddy too! Have a friend or relative that you always vote with so you can hold each other mutually accountable.

Here are some sites to get you started:

If you live in Canada...

Look up upcoming elections in Canada. Leadnow does grassroots organizing and campaigning around climate justice in Canada.

If you live in the United States...

Look up upcoming elections in the United States. Climate Hawks Vote identifies and supports US politicians who will lead on climate change.

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