climate action

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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