Category Archives: On The Environment

Tribal Environmental Justice: A Conversation with Jim Grijalva



Eugene Rusyn, YLS ’17, sits down in the studio with Professor Jim Grijalva to discuss environmental law on Indian lands. Professor Grijalva is an expert in federal Indian law, environmental law, and environmental justice and is the director of the Tribal Environmental Law Project at the University of North Dakota School of Law.


The Environment and the Energy Industry: A Conversation with Jennifer McIvor



Jennifer McIvor, Vice President of Environmental at MidAmerican Energy speaks with Becky Gallagher about the various environmental issues that energy companies face. While climate change dominates the conversation, companies like MidAmerican are also working to clean up water, protect endangered species, and otherwise coordinate energy production with environmental protection.


Public Environmental Law in Private Practice: A Conversation with Edan Rotenberg



Edan Rotenberg, a partner at the Super Law Group, joins Joya Sonnenfeldt a dual degree student at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a conversation about protecting the environment through private environmental law practice. Edan tells Joya about the type of work he does, what drives him, and how lawyers in private practice can protect the public interest.


Public Interest Environmental Litigation: A Conversation with Earthjustice’s Abbie Dillen



Abbie Dillen, Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy at Earthjustice joins Melissa Legge in the studio to discuss public interest environmental litigation as a tool to make broader changes in environmental governance in the public and private sectors.


40 Years of Environmental Leadership: An Interview with Frances Beinecke



Frances Beinecke joins Melissa Legge of Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a conversation about the past, present, and future of the environmental movement. Frances has been involved in environmentalism for 40 years, all of that with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This past year she retired from her position as President of NRDC and is now a fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Melissa and Frances discuss the role of students as environmental leaders, environmental politics, energy, climate change, and much more.


Strategic Environmental Communications: A Conversation with Francesca Koe



Francesca Koe, a communications specialist, joins Josh Galperin in the studio to talk about strategic environmental communications. Francesca is the former Director of Campaigns and Strategic Initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she continues to consult for NRDC’s Climate Center and Center for Policy Advocacy. Francesca is also on the steering committee and is a coalition advisor for the Climate Advocacy Lab, is an environmental consultant to the AdCouncil, is President of the Greater Farallones Association, and is on the National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. In this podcast Francesca and Josh discuss climate and marine communications, the strategies for engaging citizens and policymakers, and how to “meet people where they are.”


Toward a New Pyschology of Climate Action: A Conversation with Per Espen Stoknes



Dr. Per Espen Stoknes discusses the misunderstood science of climate psychology and overcoming psychological barriers so we can act meaningfully together to build bottom-up support for climate policy. His new book is What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action. Dr. Stoknes is a psychologist and economist who teaches at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo.


Finding Agency Through Humility: Authors Zellmer and Klein Discuss Unnatural Disasters and American Law



Christine Klein, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Sandra Zellmer, the Robert Daugherty Professor at the University of Nebraska Law College, discuss the environmental and social implications of decades of American engineering along the Mississippi River. In 2014, they wrote the book Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster. The book focuses on the dramatic transformation of the river over the last century and the precarious positions that human communities have in relationship to it. The results are what they call catastrophic “unnatural disasters.” Behind all of this, they argue, is a system of American law that amplifies and codifies American ambivalence toward nature. In this episode we discuss what they mean by “unnatural disasters” and what insights they have about how the American legal system creates the environmental problems so many of our environmental policies are trying to solve.