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Article Submissions Requested

The Intergenerational Justice Review (IGJR), a peer-reviewed journal published by the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, is calling for submissions! Articles are needed for the upcoming issue based on the topic, "Historical Injustice." Please view the PDF file here for more details. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2008.


Recent Events

Surviving Climate Change: Adaption and Innovation
April 3-4, 2008, U.C. Hastings, San Francisco, CA
The University of California, Hastings College of the Law and the Monterey Institute of International Studies held this conference to address public and private strategies for adapting to the impact of climate change on economic development and human rights, fostering innovation and building resiliency. CLI Faculty Researcher Professor Tseming Yang presented on a panel discussion on "Impact of Climate Change on Development and Human Rights." For more information, check out the website here.

Confronting Global Climate Change: Using the Law to Protect Future Generations

February 22-23, 2008, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VTSeminar focusing on climate change and intergenerational justice. Featuring keynote speaker Bruce Babbitt, Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund and former Interior Secretary under President Bill Clinton, and several panels for stimulating debate and discussion. Co-sponsored by the Climate Legacy Initiative, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL) and the Vermont Law Review. Check on the VJEL website for more information.

Melting Ice in Vermont

November 29-30, and December 1, 2007, Montpelier, VT
Angaangaq, an Inuk (Eskimo) Elder, Angakkuq-Shaman, and carrier of the Qilaut (Eskimo Wind Drum), has worked for and within the Canadian Justice System for many years – both within prisons and in indigenous communities – on various restorative justice and victims’ issues, using “Circle” and other traditional ways of resolving disputes and fostering reconciliation. Angaangaq knows first-hand the dramatic environmental changes that are taking place on this planet; he believes that we can face the challenges presented by these changes as opportunities for personal and societal growth. Please visit his website for additional information.

A Climate for Justice: Equity Imperatives in the Legal Response to Climate Change

October 26, 2007 - A Symposium at New York University School of Law
How can - or must - emerging international climate law address the disparate impact of climate change on developing nations and vulnerable communities worldwide? How can we equitably allocate climate risks and harms within the constraints of the international system? This one-day symposium presented discussion and debate on these topics.
Visit the NYU School of Law Calendar site for more information.

Global Warming Film Series

This four-part series presents documentary, climate change films for viewing by Professor Weston's Intergenerational Rights and Climate Change Research Seminar students. The following films were viewed:

9/19/07: The Planet - 2006 film directed and produced in Sweden with commentary by leading experts in the field of environmental science and global political economy. The Planet explores our relationship with the earth and the many problems presented by economic growth, decreasing biodiversity, population expansion, inequitable distribution of resources, and global warming. The film features stunning scenes from countries across the globe including Nigeria, China, Spain, India, Portugal and Morocco and is backed by an innovative soundtrack. It is one of the most powerful and eloquent visualizations of our world's climate change crisis ever seen.

9/26/07: The Great Warming - 2006 Canadian documentary narrated by Keanu Reeves and Alanis Morissette. The Great Warming is based on the book Storm Warning—Gambling with the Climate of Our Planet by Lydia Dotto. Filmed in eight countries on four continents, endorsed by dozens of the world's leading scientists, this three-hour television series is the most factually accurate, visually stunning and wide-ranging production ever mounted about this complex, fascinating subject.

10/10/07: Kilowatt Ours - 2005 Official Selection of both the Artivist Film Festival and Freedom Cinema Festival. Kilowatt Ours reveals the consequences of the United States' coal-powered economy, and shares practical answers, inviting viewers to learn how they can save hundreds of dollars annually on energy bills as well as how to invest in renewable energy sources. The filmmakers link the dependence on coal-generated electricity to myriad ecological and health issues, and then strive to provide solutions to America's energy related problems.

10/24/07: An Inconvenient Truth - 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary featuring former Vice President Al Gore. Widely regarded as the film that brought global warming issues to the forefront around the world, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately brings home the argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue--rather, it is the biggest moral challenge facing our global civilization.

"Climate Solutions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

A talk by Peter Barnes, cofounder of Working Assets and author of Capitalism 3.0
October 3, 2007
5pm in Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School
Peter Barnes, entrepreneur and writer, is a senior fellow at the Tomales Bay Institute in Point Reyes Station, California. Author of Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons (2006) and Who Owns the Sky (2001), he served as president of Working Assets Long Distance and in 1995 was named the Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. The Climate Legacy Initiative is proud to sponsor this stimulating lecture and welcomes all to attend.

"Global Energy Justice: Ethical Energy in a Lasting World"

A global collaborative of legal experts addressing the central justice issue of our time.
September 21, 2007
12:45pm-2pm in Chase Center, Vermont Law School
A small proportion of the world's population consumes a vast amount of our total energy resources, while most of the planet goes without. How will we correct this imbalance in an increasingly carbon-constrained world? Noted energy experts are developing a book on the topic and will share their diverse insights. Featuring speaker Dr. Markus Gehring and panelists, including Tracy Bach, Associate Director of the CLI.

"Health Consequences of Global Warming: Examining Links, Breaking the Chains"

Three-day conference by the Physicians for Social Responsibility, Iowa Chapter.
September 14–16, 2007
Hotel Vetro Conference Center, Iowa City, IA
This conference examined the chains of cause and effect that create climate change and consequent threats to human health. To render these linkages more comprehensible and immediate, climate change was framed within its direct and indirect threats to health and human rights by integrating perspectives and methods from such disparate disciplines as medicine, law, business, religion, and environmental science. The conference concluded by highlighting successful interventions being implemented across the U.S. and other parts of the globe. By the conference conclusion, health care providers and public health policy framers had a better understanding of the range of effective action steps needed for both primary prevention and ameliorating the adverse impacts on human health and human rights due to rapid global climate change. Materials from the conference can be found at the PSR Resources page.