Documentary Screening: Climate Refugees- Wednesday, Oct. 30th at 6:30 p.m. in Austin Hall North: Join Film Director Michael Nash for a screening of this award-winning documentary about the human face of climate change on Monday, October 30th. The film profiles the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons who have been forced to flee their homes by floods, droughts, rising sea levels and other symptoms of a changing climate. Michael Nash will answer questions after the film. Pizza, soda and popcorn will be served! Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.
Jon Pershing on U.S. Climate and Energy Policy- Thursday, Oct. 31st at 11:45 AM-1:00 PM in Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor Littauer, HKS: Jon Pershing, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology, U.S. Energy Department, will speak at the Harvard Kennedy School. The event is sponsored by the The Regulatory Policy Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government.
Lester Brown, “Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?”- Friday, Nov. 1st at 4:00 PM in Maxwell-Dworkin, Lessin Room G115, 33 Oxford Street: Lester Brown is president of the Earth Policy Institute, an organization dedicated to building a sustainable future. Shortly after earning a degree in agricultural science, he spent six months living in rural India, where he became intimately familiar with the food/population issue. Brown later became head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s International Agricultural Development Service. In 1974 he founded the Worldwatch Institute, leaving in 2001 to found the Earth Policy Institute. Brown has authored or co-authored over 50 books, including his most recent memoir, Breaking New Ground: A Personal History, and has received 24 honorary degrees and numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius award.” The event is sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Save the date – March 28–30, 2014: ELS will be hosting the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS) Annual Conference: The theme of the 2014 conference will be Environmental Justice. ELS will be welcoming esteemed academics, practitioners, community activists, and other exciting guests to take part in panels and discussions on environmental justice. We’ll need plenty of volunteers, so email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get involved.
Join the Environmental Law Reading Group- Critical Environmental Law: This reading group will explore alternative ways of seeing environmental law and its role in society. The first reading (on Oct. 10) was James C. Scott’s “State Simplifications: Nature, Space, and People,” a historical examination of how the state, in expanding its ability to govern, both abstracts ecological and anthropological systems to make them more cognizable and, in doing so, actually shapes and simplifies those very systems. Further readings will be decided upon by the group. The group meets on Thursdays at noon, in the Harvard ELR office. Please email Ben Apple at bapple@jd14 if you would like to join. No background knowledge required.
Get Involved Helping MA Phase Out Coal: The Harvard Kennedy School students are organizing a group to testify on an anti-coal bill that will go to a committee hearing on Tuesday, November 12 at 10 am. Help out by coming to the statehouse on that day and speaking to the committee for 5 minutes or so. The group is also organizing a campaign briefing with the Sierra Club Organizer on Thursday, October 24 at 4:30pm at HKS. If you’re interested, e-mail Mick_Power@hks15.harvard.edu for more info.