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ICYMI: Symposium on The Intersection of Climate Change and National Security in the 21st Century

Vermont_LawyerThe Vermont Journal of Environmental Law hosted a symposium on October, 25th titled “Rising Temps and Emerging Threats:  The Intersection of Climate Change and National Security in the 21st Century.” The symposium included an outstanding group of speakers and covered some very pertinent topics.  All of the panels have also been uploaded to their YouTube station.  We have included the program and links to the videos below. For those of you starting to compile reading and watching lists for the holidays and airport travel delays, these videos will help kill some time!

Welcome and Opening Remarks (video)

  • Marc Mihaly, President and Dean, Vermont Law School
  • Stephen Dycus, Professor of National Security Law, Vermont Law School
  • Melissa Scanlan, Associate Professor, Associate Dean & Director, Environmental Law Program, Vermont Law School

Keynote Address (video – starting @ minute 10)

  • John Steinbruner, Director of the Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland; Author, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

Climate Change and National Security: Characterizing the Nature of the Security Threat (video)

  • D. James Baker, Director of the Global Carbon Measurement Program, William J. Clinton Foundation; Author, Climate Extremes: Recent Trends with Implications for National Security
  • Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Director of Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University; Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • John Steinbruner, Director of the Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland; Author, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis
  • Melissa Scanlan (Moderator), Associate Professor, Associate Dean & Director, Environmental Law Program, Vermont Law School

Adapting to Climate Change: The U.S. Military’s Response (video)

  • Siddhartha Velandy, Major, United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Sarah Light, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jody Prescott, COL (Ret.), U.S. Army, Senior Fellow, West Point Center for the Rule of Law
  • William M. Arkin (Moderator), Journalist; Author, American Coup: How a Terrified Government is Destroying the Constitution 

Climate Based Forced Migration: Adapting to the Displacement and Resettlement of Persons Due to Climate Change (video)

  • Alice Thomas, Climate Displacement Program Manager, Refugees International
  • Agnes Hurwitz, Rule of Law Coordinator, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme
  • Madeline Stano, Luke Cole Memorial Fellow & Staff Attorney, Center on Race, Poverty & The Environment
  • Kate Jastram, Faculty Director of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law; Lecturer in Residence, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Patrick Parenteau (Moderator), Senior Counsel, Environmental & Natural Resources Clinic; Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Food Security as National Security: The Future of Food in the Face of Climate Change (video)

  • William Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Amy Larkin, Entrepreneur, Environmental Activist; Author, Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy
  • Thomas Vogelmann, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Vermont
  • Jeff Taft-Dick, Former Country Director at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Laurie Ristinio (Moderator), Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School

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