Monday, March 1, 2021

LegalEagle explains how lawyers can fight climate change

I have an entire lecture about the role of government in my environmental science course. This includes the role of law and legal action, so I couldn't resist featuring How Lawyers Fight Climate Change, which LegalEagle uploaded to YouTube this morning.

Can you just sue climate change out of existence? This video was created in partnership with Bill Gates, inspired by his new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.”
When I first embedded a LegalEagle video in Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, and Legal Eagle have more funny things to say about GameStop, a tale of the stock market and Retail Apocalypse, people complained that, while informative, it was too long and the sponsor content at the end was too intrusive. I think this video doesn't have either of those issues, as it's shorter — maybe even too short for the subject — and the plug of Bill Gates' book is briefer and in better taste. If nothing else, Gates is a big step up from SkillShare, NordVPN, and the other common sponsors of YouTube creators' videos and most likely allowed LegalEagle to purchase the rights to use all of the stock footage and other clips used. Still, the sponsorship might be enough to deter me from showing this to my classes. Otherwise, I think it's an informative and entertaining video about the legal challenges facing climate change action and what can be done about them.

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