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America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

178 EpisodesProduced by Doug ParsonsWebsite

A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. Join your host, Doug Parsons for America's leading podcast on climate change - America Adapts! Each episode, Doug sits down with scientists, activists, policymakers, and journalists to discuss the tough questions facing this country a… read more


The Moral Case for Climate Reparations + Climate Justice with Maxine Burkett

In episode 118 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Maxine Burkett, a Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  In this episode, Doug and Maxine discuss: the moral and intellectual case for climate reparations; climate migration; differences in climate justice in the global north and the global south; will adaptation take a peaceful or conflict oriented approach in the years ahead; and adaptation studies at the University of Hawaii.

Topics covered:

  • Background on The Institute for Climate and Peace
  • The state of climate migration.
  • As we adapt, what will dominate, peaceful approaches to adaptation or more conflict oriented approaches?
  • Differences in Climate justice in the global north and the global south.
  • Response differences between climate change and covid-19.
  • Repairing relationships through climate reparations.
  • Carbon based climate reparations.
  • Reparations and their role in helping frontline communities adapt.
  • Climate reparations are meant to ‘rebuild trust’. 
  • Learn about the climate program at the University of Hawaii.

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Links in this episode: A Pathway To Peace: Ideas For A New And More Resilient Reality The Future of Climate Change and Peace Youth Leadership Needed In Time Of Climate Uncertainty

Research:  Behind the Veil: Climate Migration, Regime Shift, and a New Theory of Justice In Search of Refuge: Pacific Islands, Climate-Induced Migration, and the Legal Frontier

*On the potential for current climate ligation to address racial inequity, please see Litigating Separate and Equal.

*On equity and reparations, please see Climate Reparations This is a relatively older piece, but is a nice precursor to my current contribution to the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice for which I serve as the climate section lead.

*On small island vulnerability and deterritorialized statehood, please see The Nation Ex-Situ.

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