Faith and Climate Webinar Series – Juliana vs the United States (The Youth Climate Suit)

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Originally aired on 6/4/2019

Connect. Commit. Change.

The Climate Commitments Project: Committing to a Low Carbon World

The webinar is organized in partnership with the Security and Sustainability Forum, with funding support from the Hanley Foundation. Moderated by President Emeritus of College of the Atlantic and is the first webinar in the Faith and Climate Webinar Series with the Parliament of the World’s Religions began with faith-based perspectives supporting the plaintiffs in Juliana v. the United States, the youth climate suit.


David Hales served as President of the College of the Atlantic, Chair and President of Second Nature, the managing organization of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and as Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He led environmental policy and sustainability programs for the US Agency for International Development. As a diplomat, he has represented the USA in numerous negotiations on climate change, urban affairs and policy, and biodiversity. He served in the Carter administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior. He was the first American to serve as Chair of the World Heritage Convention.

Howard A. Learner
Howard A. Learner is an experienced public interest litigation attorney serving as the President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center – the Midwest’s premier environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform of ELPC’s successful work promoting clean energy development solutions to climate change problems, advancing transportation innovations and improvements, including development of regional high-speed rail solutions, and preserving the Midwest’s valued natural resources and heritage.

Brenda Ekwurzel
Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist and the Director of Climate Science for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In her role, she ensures that program analyses reflect robust and relevant climate science, and researches the influence of major carbon producers on rising global average temperatures and sea level. Dr. Ekwurzel is a co-author of the fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) Volume II. She presents frequently to a range of audiences on climate science, educating the public on practical, achievable solutions for climate change.