The Legacy of Wangari Maathai: Linking Environmentalism, Climate Justice and Global Security

10 Mar 2021, 12.00

This lunch talk shares insights into the connection between nature, land, poverty and power, specifically through the work of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan social, environmental and political activist. Her legacy was one of improving the quality of life for the society at large by attending to the environment, specifically through her mass tree planting project, the Green Belt Movement. Professor Jason Czarnezki will discuss Maathai’s ongoing legacy and the relationship to his own work in environmental law.

In conversation with Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Project Leader Researcher Collaborations at Accelerator.

This conversation is broadcasted live on Accelerator’s Facebook page , where it is possible to ask questions to the participants via the comments section. The event is recorded and available on Accelerator’s podcast and YouTube channel. The conversation is in English45 min.

Professor Jason Czarnezki
Professor Czarnezki is the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, and Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Strategic InitiativesElisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (New York). In 2020, Professor Czarnezki was named by the Swedish National Research Council, the Olof Palme Visiting Professor at Stockholm University. His research concerns natural resources law, environmentalism, food policy, sustainable public procurement, private environmental governance, and global climate policy.

Åsa Elzén and Malin Arnell. “Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge. Extension #2”, (detail) 2020. Installation view from the exhibition “The Experimental Field” at Accelerator 2021. Photo: Christian Saltas.