Category: Blog

Understanding the Paris Withdrawal: It’s Still Up to the Movement to Make the Future
June 19, 2017June 19, 2017
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Understanding the Paris Withdrawal: It’s Still Up to the Movement to Make the Future

The past several months in global politics have been disorienting and frightening. Movements for liberation find themselves under assault from newly empowered opponents and atavistic ideologies that had appeared headed for the dustbin of history. It’s hard to have faith in progress at a moment when so much seems to be moving in reverse. But...

The Invisible Climate Wars, Part I: Gender, Violence, and the Climate-Patriarchy Connection
May 2, 2017July 26, 2017
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The Invisible Climate Wars, Part I: Gender, Violence, and the Climate-Patriarchy Connection

Climate justice and gender justice are inextricably linked. There are many fronts in the fight against climate injustice; some are more visible than others.  Most of us agree that policymakers ought to commission studies on energy policy and sponsor legislative efforts to reduce carbon emissions — just as most of us agree that scientists ought to study...

Guest Post: Emily Johnston on Climate Change, Interconnectedness, and Tolerating Personal Risk
April 24, 2017May 1, 2017
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Guest Post: Emily Johnston on Climate Change, Interconnectedness, and Tolerating Personal Risk

This post is the first of a series of guest posts to the CDP blog. Emily Johnston is a poet, writer, and climate activist currently facing criminal prosecution for her participation in the #ShutItDown (a.k.a. “valve-turner”) direct action in 2016. You can follow her on Twitter at @enjohnston. Climate Defense Project is part of the legal team providing...

Why the Climate Movement Is Stronger Than You Think
March 8, 2017May 1, 2017
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Why the Climate Movement Is Stronger Than You Think

It’s all about the numbers. The climate movement has lately been on the defensive, to put it mildly. Among the many disheartening consequences of the 2016 election has been the need to defend hard-won environmental and climate protections from rollback by the most corporate-friendly Washington political leadership in decades. The Trump administration plans to withdraw...

Lessons from the Climate Periphery
February 8, 2017May 1, 2017
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Lessons from the Climate Periphery

After President Trump issued executive orders seeking to resuscitate the Keystone XL (KXL) and Dakota Access Pipelines (DAPL), the climate movement returned to strategizing about how to defeat fossil fuel projects it thought it had beaten. It’s the latest round of battle in the war to keep dirty energy in the ground, and with all...

The Way Forward: Climate Law and Activism in the Age of Trump
January 19, 2017May 1, 2017
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The Way Forward: Climate Law and Activism in the Age of Trump

With Trump as President and both houses of Congress controlled by conservatives, what avenues remain for climate activists? Since the Presidential election, a growing chorus of voices has vowed resistance to Trumpism. Those voices have called for protests, marches, and nonviolent civil disobedience. They have called for organized, principled opposition to the unraveling of constitutional protections...

The Radical Potential of Climate Legal Activism
December 21, 2016May 1, 2017
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The Radical Potential of Climate Legal Activism

The world is burning. Do we really need more lawyers? The climate crisis is upon us, and the politics of fossil fuels are becoming ever clearer. On the one hand, an economic and military elite, now represented by the Trump administration, builds a wall of financial influence, scientific falsehood, and racist and misogynistic resentment to...