DR. JAMES HANSEN rejoins Jeremy Cohan and the Serious Times Lecture Series….
….at the MA Program in Critical Theory and the Arts, Spring semester, 2017.
Dr. Hansen will talk with the seminar about the two tactics he has advocated for to curb the worst of climate change: a carbon fee and dividend and a lawsuit on behalf of future generations. Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben have called the latter the most important lawsuit on the planet. And it has of late seen some success: on April 8, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Eugene, OR, decided in favor of 21 young plaintiffs and Dr. Hansen on behalf of future generations, in their landmark constitutional climate change case brought against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry.
Dr. James Hansen, the recently retired chair of the Goddard Climate Institute, is a climate scientist and has been testifying for a generation about the impending destruction of a climate compatible with humanity. His book, Storms of My Grandchildren, is a seminal work on the environment, and an effort to educate the public as well as to advocate for political action.