This series features distinguished speakers from around the globe who are leading authorities in their fields, addressing key foreign policy issues. Our audience includes students, faculty and staff of higher educational institutions as well as members of the greater community. All lectures are free and open to the public.
This is the first lecture in a series of six.
Speaker – Brook Meakins – Attorney at Law
Topic – “Climate Change and Low Lying Island Nations: Relocation, Foreign Aid and International Opportunity”
Summary – Islands are iconic, and tend to bring about mental images of Corona advertisements, the smell of sunscreen, lapping turquoise waves and sugary beaches. But for those that call islands home – particularly individuals from low lying island nations who live just a few feet above sea level – island living is increasingly problematic, as climate change and rising seas threaten their very existence. This lecture explores the unique challenges that face low lying islanders, including big picture politics such as international negotiations and litigation, relocation and outside opportunity and the difficulty of accepting foreign aid while maintaining an advocacy role. Climate Change is a global issue, but the impact for low lying island nations and the individuals that call those islands home is severe, unique, and worthy of exploration.
This event is free and open to the public