Segments in this Video

Moving En Masse (05:33)


Silver Donald Cameron introduces Maxine Burkett. They discuss migrating communities bound by historical moments society's disassociation of climate data from everyday reality. Coastal residents want to preserve cultures despite having to leave their homes.

Climate Justice (02:00)

Burkett lives on Oahu, and researches coastal vulnerability of Pacific island nations. She works to ensure that marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by climate change are considered in solutions.

Viewing Ecological Crisis (06:29)

Cameron and Burkett discuss the shifting baselines for climate; Burkett explains the emergence of the "new normal," and that perspective is limited by lived experience. They express concerns for disappearing baselines in consideration of rapid environmental changes.

Environmental Law (03:40)

Disappearing coastlines make territorial waters of an island nation difficult to determine; Burkett suggests freezing coastal baselines. She discusses enticements for host countries and justice for climate refugees.

Injustices of Climate Change (04:38)

Industrialized nations cause the most environmental damage, but developing nations are most harmed. Burkett and Cameron discuss proportionately shared responsibility for resolving the issues.

Transitional Justice (07:39)

Burkett advocates for litigation requiring cooperative reparations for climate change victims. Damagers would be active in the process, building trust and holistic solutions with harmed parties. Burkett and Cameron discuss the importance of addressing environmental dilemma in terms of future outcomes and solutions.

Connection to Place (05:26)

Burkett and Cameron discuss the difficulties of climate refugees forced to leave behind homes and cultures. The unaffected often lack empathy and must be made aware of what is at risk.

Despair for Future (04:16)

The enormity of climate change issues influences people to deny or ignore it. Burkett explains that despondency is a normal response to the mass of information and warnings; she relays the need for honest data communicated with posed risks.

Reshaping Culture (05:42)

Unnecessary competition for resources still drives society. Burkett discusses the nearing convergence of shifting labor markets, climate change and politics. She expresses urgency for action and a mother's perspective on environmentalism.

Epilogue and Credits: (00:50)

Cameron reflects on his conversation with Burkett and cites other interviews.

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Maxine Burkett: Navigating Climate Justice

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This episode of The Green Interview features Maxine Burkett, a professor of law at the University of Hawaii and passionate advocate for climate justice, which essentially addresses how the most vulnerable human communities should be treated with dignity and fairness in the era of climate change. Through her work she explores the issue of climate-induced displacement and how already vulnerable communities in the US and globally—ironically those that have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions—will disproportionately feel the impacts of climate change. In this exclusive Green Interview, Burkett speaks with Silver Donald Cameron about how she both studies and serves the vulnerable Pacific island nations, such as Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, and about how we as a society need to start addressing the daunting reality before us.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL154375

ISBN: 978-1-64481-089-7

Copyright date: ©2017

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