This was the first talk in the New Economy Law and Policy Forum in October of 2017. For additional resources on this topic and action steps, visit our associated web pages.
People are demanding change: a change to our politics, a change to our environment, a change to our economy. This fall you and your students have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the field – such as Gus Speth, former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Frances Moore Lappe, Zephyr Teachout, Gar Alperovitz, and others – to discuss successful solutions to crafting the next steps in this country, and the greater world. I invite you to explore the four upcoming events this fall in our New Economy Law and Policy Forum at: http://go.vermontlaw.edu/new-economy-forum
You may attend in person, or via livestream, for free. So please join us however you can, encourage your students to attend, and share with your networks.
With Donald Trump now in the White House, environmentalists are left wondering how they can fight back against an administration hostile to climate action and environmental protection. Do we turn to the courts, or take to the streets, or both? Last month Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Society presented a panel discussion, “Environmental Advocacy Under a New Administration,” to talk about the current situation and potential strategies. Panelists included New Economy Law Center Fellow Patrick Parenteau and co-founder Gus Speth. See what they and other panelists had to say by watching the video of the event:
New Economy Law Center co-founder Gus Speth, a longtime environmental “insider,” calls for a transformative new approach to environmentalism that works outside the current toxic political-economic system. On October 20, 2016 he delivered the annual David Sive Memorial Lecture on Environmental Law at Columbia Law School, arguing that system change is necessary because “environmental problems are rooted in defining features of the current political economy.” See link below for the full video of his talk.
In June 2015 Hawaii became the first state in the nation to formally commit to 100 percent clean, renewable power generation. A year later, the island archipelago is facing some critical choices in how to get to that goal. NELC Fellow and VLS Distinguished Energy Law Scholar for 2016, Prof. Shalanda Baker, describes these choices under the current regulatory structure and their implications for energy policy and energy justice.
Shalanda H. Baker, Assoc. Prof. of Law and Environmental Law Program Faculty Advisor at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, “Restoring Power to Hawai’i: (Missed) Opportunities for Energy Justice on the Road to 100% Renewable Energy,” Hot Topics in Environmental Law lecture at VLS, June 9, 2016
Marta Ceroni, executive director of the Donella Meadows Institute and associate fellow of the NELC, gave a lecture at Vermont Law School on February 25, 2016 as part of the Spring Faculty Speaker Series.
In this audio, you’ll hear a conversation between New Economy Law Center Fellows Gus Speth, Linda Sheehan, Janelle Orsi, and David Bollier, along with David Korten and John Kavanaugh (moderator). Audio of panel conversation from New Economy Transition.