Talking Climate Justice with Doreen Stabinsky

Hello all! Welcome to the fourth installment of our interview series, "Talking Climate Justice". In this interview, we have Doreen Stabinky; someone with extensive experience working in environmental and climate action. Doreen is a professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic and researches the impacts of Climate Change on agriculture and food security. In addition to teaching, Doreen serves as an advisor to several governments and international NGOs and has worked with the UN Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and more. In addition, she worked for 10 years as an agriculture campaigner with Greenpeace. To learn more about Doreen, visit this link.

Doreen, who teaches a class on Climate Justice at College of the Atlantic, is a perfect person to have in our discussions on the topic. In this timely interview, she dives into a myriad of topics, including her experiences with climate action at national and intergovernmental levels, her most recent work, the opportunities presented by the current pandemic for a just and green recovery, and the imperative of addressing climate change, racial inequity, and economic injustice together.

In part one of this interview, Doreen discusses the intricacies of holding politicians accountable to their commitments to climate action, her experiences with and the efficacy of working in intergovernmental spaces addressing climate change and biodiversity, the structural issues of "net-zero" and "nature-based solutions" approaches to climate change, and her personal theory of change. In addition, she gives us her perception of youth involvement in the climate movement in recent years.

In part two, Doreen shares with us about her most recent work with the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance and the Equity and Ambition Group, explains how her background in economics and genetics led her to work in the climate movement, weighs in on how we can have a just and green recovery after the pandemic, explains the interconnections between racial equity and climate action, and gives us her short definition of climate justice. This interview is especially pertinent to these times, and Doreen's perspective is much needed in our discussion of how to move forward in addressing not only climate change but also systemic inequality. Thanks for watching!

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