Global Environmental Politics

Master's Degree Programs in Global Environmental Policy and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

Video Library

This page contains a wide variety of video content related to the GEP program.  This includes major SIS lectures and panels, as well as other relevant material.  We also try to include appearances on news programs by either faculty or students.

Please Note: Many major SIS and GEP lectures, talks, and panels are recorded and are available here within one week of the event (sometimes within a day). Occasionally it may take about a month for an event recording to become available. Therefore, the order of videos here is chronological based on the date we posted the video, not the actual date of the event. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause. 

GEP professors Simon Nicholson and Paul Wapner discuss President Trump’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the 2016 Paris Agreement. This groundbreaking agreement was signed by 195 countries with the goal to keep global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

Global Environmental Politics (’15) alumnus Spencer Schecht has released the second installment of his new YouTube video blog, covering the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Paris (COP 21).

GEP Professor Malini Ranganathan discusses her forthcoming article from the journal Antipode, Storm Drains as Assemblages: The Political Ecology of Flood Risk in Post-Colonial Bangalore, in this video abstract. The article is available online here (paywall/subscription required), or you can read Antipode’s description of the article that was featured on the journal’s homepage online. Professor Ranganathan’s article discusses the political ecology of flood risk from storm drains in Bangalore, particularly in respect to areas on the outskirts of the city. As Antipode notes in their description, “It examines the production of flood risk in the city of Bangalore, India, focusing on the city’s informal outskirts where drains, wetlands, informal urbanism, and circulations of global capital are concentrated.”

Global Environmental Policy alumnus Spencer Schecht (’15) just started a video blog on YouTube called Environmental Politics. His first first video covers environmental economics and the Michigan vs EPA Supreme Court decision.

On March 3rd, 2015 the GEP Program hosted panels on Climate Change Policy & World Bank Safeguards. Two panel discussions brought together the academic community, development practitioners, and community-based organizations to share information and exchange views on the latest developments in Climate Change Policies and the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguards policies. Two representatives from the Organization of American States led moderated the panel. Panel 1, Elements of the negotiations toward the 2015 Climate Change Policy Agreement, is an overview of the key elements considered in the UN Framework on Climate Change negotiations for a new international Agreement in Paris in December 2015. Panel 1 begins at 33:45 (33 minutes, forty five seconds). Panel 2, World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards, begins at 01:57:35 (1 hour, 57 minutes, 35 seconds). Panel 2 continues onto the second video, which is embedded below.

Part 2 of the Climate Change Policy & World Bank Safeguards event on March 3rd, 2015.

2015 GEP/NRSD Alumni Conference: Setting the Stage for Sustainability. At 01:40 (1 minute, 40 seconds) the first panel, The Present and Future of Environmentalism, begins. The second panel, Moving the Needle: Making Change Around Environmental Concerns, begins at 1:41:50 (1 hour, 41 minutes, 50 seconds) and continues onto the second video which is embedded below.

Part 2 of the 2015 GEP/NRSD Alumni Conference.

On January 28th, 2015 Dr. Wil Burns, Scholar-In-Residence in the Global Environmental Politics program, gave a lectured titled, The Other CO2 Problem: Ocean Acidification and its Potential Impacts on Marine Species.

From the Archives (8/28/2014): Simon Nicholson, Director of the GEP Program and Co-Executive Director of the Washington Geoengineering Consortium, participated in a panel discussion titled “Assess, Test or Terminate: What Future for Climate Engineering Research?” at the 2014 Climate Engineering Conference.

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From the Archives (4/22/2014): HuffPost Live invited then Assistant Professor Simon Nicholson (now Director of the GEP Program), and others, to discuss the potential of science and geoengineering to reverse damage done to the planet in a segment on Earth Day 2014. Click here to watch. 

From the Archives (1/15/2014): The Washing Geoengineering Consortium, an initiative of the GEP Program, invited Clive Hamilton to discuss his book, The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering at the School of International Service.

From the Archives: The Director of the program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Judith Shapiro, Online Information Session from 11/14/13. The video may be old but the information is still relevant!

On October 8th, 2014 Jon Barnett gave the Second Annual Al-Moumin Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding.
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Lecture Topic: Climate Change and Security: From Vicious to Virtuous Cycles
Recipient of Al-Moumin Environmental Peacebuilding Award: Jon Barnett

Jon Barnett is a Professor of Resource Management and Geography at Melbourne University; a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and co-editor of Global Environmental Change, a highly regarded academic journal.

The Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture Series is part of a broader effort by the Environmental Law Institute, UN Environment Programme, American University, and other institutions to foster analysis and dialogue regarding the connections between conflict, peace, and the environment.

“Protest Inc.: The Corporatization of Activism?” was a panel discussion at the School of International Service on October 16th, 2014. Panel participants from left to right: Paul Wapner (Panel moderator; Professor, GEP Program, School of International Service), Casey Harrison (Program Officer, Private Sector Engagement & Sustainable Agriculture group, WWF; Alumnus of the GEP Program), Peter Dauvergne (Professor, University of British Columbia), Suzanne Hunt (President, Hunt­Green LLC; Alumnus of the GEP Program), and Bob Deans (Director of Federal Communications, Natural Resources Defense Council).

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Professor Judith Shapiro (Director, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, GEP Program, School of International Service) appeared live on Voice of America’s Mandarin service television program “Issues and Opinions” on October 16th, 2014 to discuss China’s latest pollution “airpocalypse.”

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“Will Walmart Save the World?  The Reality of Corporate Social Responsibility” was a lecture given by Peter Dauvergne at the School of International Service (SIS) on October 15th, 2014.  Dauvergne is a Faculty Associate at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and a Professor of International Relations at the University of British Columbia.  He is the author of the award-winning books, Shadows in the Forest (MIT Press, 1997) and The Shadows of Consumption (MIT Press, 2008), and most recently the coauthor (with Jane Lister) of Eco-Business (MIT Press, 2013) and (with Genevieve LeBaron) of Protest Inc. (Polity, 2014). Click here to view his full bio.

David Hunter, at the request of Dr. Judith Shapiro for her Environment and Politics class, gave a talk open to the School of International Service community on September 15th, 2014. The talk is a crash-course in the history and evolution of environmental law.
David Hunter is a Professor of Law and the Director of International Legal Studies at American University’s Washington College of Law. For his complete bio click here. 

A introduction to the School of International Service graduate experience.

Improv Cities: Urban Peripheries and the Future
Filmed by Ford Fischer and Justin Parker
Edited by Ford Fischer

As the world becomes more urban, it is also defying taken-for-granted spatial categories and assumptions. Much of the world’s population growth is expected at the outskirts of cities at the “urban peripheries”. Used as shorthand for depicting the crisis that has come to define the Third World city, the discourse of the “slum” has limited use in understanding this broader phenomenon of informal fringe urbanization. This talk asks us to recognize that cities are made through ordinary people’s improvisations and that the notion of the “right to the city” has political and practical value in this process.

Climate Geoengineering: Coming Soon to a Planet Near You
Filmed by Ford Fischer and Justin Parker
Edited by Ford Fischer

Space-based mirrors. Injecting sulfate particles into the stratosphere. Seeding the oceans with iron. These and a wide range of other climate geoengineering schemes are gaining greater credibility and visibility as options for tackling climate change. What, though, is to be made of such efforts? Is climate geoengineering a new form of hucksterism? A dangerous and distracting folly? Or some meaningful part of the toolkit needed to generate a sustainable future?