Aug 31: Semester start-up with Doreen Stabinsky & Isak Stoddard online

Doreen Stabinsky: Learning resources on racial and climate justice

Podcasts: Seeing White, 1619 Project
Black leaders and writers of the civil rights movement to read and listen to: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, John Lewis
Book: Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Black leaders of climate justice movements now (these are just two of a large group of amazing leaders!): Mary Annaise Heglar, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, summer reading list on climate justice:
Films: Selma, When the Levees Broke

Isak Stoddard: Referenced reading

Jensen, D. (2004). Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, Revolution.

Anderson, K., Broderick, J. & Stoddard, I. (2020). A factor of two: how the mitigation plans of ‘climate progressive’ nations fall far short of Paris-compliant pathways. Carbon Policy.

IPCC (2018). Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5C.

UN (2015). The Paris Agreement.

Le Quere et al. (2020). Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement. Nature Climate Change.

Further Reading/Listening (a few sources of inspiration to Sustainability slam)

Latour, B. (2018). Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climate Regime.

Hine, D. (2016). When the maps run out.

Hine D. & Rieser I. (2020). A World of many worlds. Forest of Though Podcast.

Johansson P. & Schuldt E. (2019). Olja. Myter & Mysterier Podcast [in Swedish]

Stirling, A. (2020). Does the dillusion of climate control do more harm than good to climate disruption? Steps Centre Blog.

Warmly welcome to an open online lecture-conversation evening with Professor Doreen Stabinsky and PhD Researcher Isak Stoddard!

Doreen Stabinsky (left) and Isak Stoddard (right)

When: Monday August 31 kl. 18.15-20.00

Doreen Stabinsky is professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. She has an undergraduate degree in economics and a PhD in plant genetics from the University of California at Davis. In 2015-2016, she held the first Zennström visiting professorship in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Doreen teaches a range of courses at COA, including Climate Justice, Land and Climate, Practicing International Diplomacy, and Global Environmental Politics. She guides a delegation of COA students to the yearly meetings of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) and every other year leads a term-long French immersion program coupled with study of European politics in France and Brussels.

Her scholarly and other professional work focuses on political and policy responses to the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, with a particular interest in impacts on the African continent and least developed countries. She actively researches and writes about land and climate and the emerging issue of loss and damage from slow onset impacts of climate change and serves as advisor to a number of governments and international NGOs on these topics in ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.

Her most recent publications include: Environmental Politics for a Changing World: power, perspectives and practice (written with Ronnie Lipschutz) and Missing Pathways to 1.5 *C: the role of the land sector in ambitious climate action (published by the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA), with several co-authors). She is a contributing author to the climate finance chapter of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) currently in development.


Isak Stoddard, PhD researcher at Climate Change Leadership and the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Uppsala University, will introduce and discuss the article published in June 2020 A factor of two: how the mitigation plans of ‘climate progressive’ nations fall far short of Paris-compliant pathways. The article by Kevin Anderson, John F. Broderick and Isak Stoddard details how the climate goals set by Sweden and the UK are not enough, they write in the Ecologist:

To shed light on this, we have written a paper that considers the implications of the Paris Agreement for wealthier and industrialised nations. In particular, the paper focuses on the mitigation proposals of two self-avowed ‘climate progressive’ countries, the UK and Sweden. Both have developed high-profile legislation, ostensibly designed to cut their emissions in line with holding the rise in temperature to “well below 2°C” and “pursing … 1.5°C”. Yet as the paper demonstrates, peel away the layers of obfuscation and even these ‘climate leaders’ are actively choosing to fail – and by a huge margin.

Read more in Beyond a climate of comfortable ignorance in the Ecologist.