Law & Order meets the climate crisis as we dig into the stories behind the hundreds of climate cases around the globe.
S2, Ep 6 | False Friends of the Court
I have been wondering for months what possible sense it makes for every right-wing think tank to have an amicus program. I mean...is any judge really surprised to learn that the Cato Institute is against regulation? But these are not folks who spend money on things for no reason, and the presence and size of amicus programs at conservative "public interest" law firms and think tanks have been growing exponentially over the years, so I reached out to the only person I've ever seen mention this in public: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. He had all the answers I was looking for and then some.
S2, Ep5 | On Judges, Juries, and Precedent
In many of the countries where some of the world's largest climate cases are unfolding, the legal system looks very different than it does in the former English colonies. In much of Europe and Latin America, for example, the Roman system dominates and it works very differently, with judges gathering their own evidence in cases. Another key difference? Reliance on precedent in common law countries like the U.S. ... a topic that's becoming more important to understand every week.
S2 | Ep4: What Can the UN Actually Do About Climate?
Compensation for climate change has been a hot topic at the UN since the early 90s. For countries already experiencing what the UN calls loss and damage the main goal has always been to prevent more damage. But fossil fuel lobbyists had different ideas. Now a new IPCC report gives evidence that could influence what happens at the UN and in court cases around the world.
S2 | Ep 3: An Update on the Big U.S. Youth Climate Case
Juliana v United States was one of the first big youth climate cases, and it has inspired several others. In 2021, it looked like the case was dead in the water, but it's back now with one more shot... and a new Netflix documentary on the case too! (Check out Youth v Gov here: https://www.netflix.com/title/81586492)
S2 | Ep2: Secret Tribunals
A clause in most free trade agreements and investment treaties obligates countries to engage in a process known as international arbitration if there's a dispute with a foreign company. It was meant to assure companies that their investments in especially less developed countries were safe, but in recent years it's become a way to punish governments for passing environmental regulations.
S2 | Ep 1: Ecocide
With an internationally accepted definition of this crime, advocates are pushing for international courts to recognize it as well, and they're making progress. In this episode we explore what that means, what an ecocide trial might look like, who's most likely to be hauled into court for it, and the overarching goal of the effort.
The reporting delivered by Amy and all the shows contributors is exceptional. This show delivers for the planet and people, and I believe the world would be a much better place if everyone heard what they had to share, then acted.
Another great show from Amy!
I’ve been a big fan of Drilled for a few years, and I’m thrilled by this spin-off. While Drilled can be a bit overwhelming (though certainly interesting), it’s great to learn more about a possible shift in perspective that could provide a positive path forward.
Stories change minds - not data
I'm so grateful for the podcasts in the Critical Frequency network. Content varies but what you always get is high quality story telling that helps us to learn more about our world than watching cable news. "Damages" brings stories of how environmental lawsuits came to be filed, their intersectional histories (most of which we didn't learn about in school), and where they are in the court process. Amy always centers those living the story in their own words, and, unlike many high profile podcasts, fact checks every single word that you hear. The data behind our climate crisis hasn't moved people to get involved. Story telling moves people to action. Essential listening.