Join us for a virtual reading with Lee van der Voo, author of As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change, in conversation with Alex Loznak on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM CST.
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When 21 youth activists filed Juliana v. United States, they asserted that the government’s continued negligence of the environment constituted a violation of their rights to life, liberty, and property. In As the World Burns, Lee van der Voo follows the still-evolving legal case as she tells the plaintiffs’ stories, all against the backdrop of the current climate-related crises and the mass protests happening and around the world. Granted unparalleled access to the plaintiffs and their legal team, van der Voo reveals the human side of the climate crisis, the dire effects of decades of inaction, and the reasons why tackling our environmental issues in the courts is possibly our last real hope for meaningful intervention. This timely and important book explores why the youngest and most vulnerable of us are the most willing to take on this fight—and asks why the adults in the room have done too little to solve the problem and too much to worsen it.
Lee van der Voo is an award-winning investigative and environmental journalist. Her work has appeared in Reuters, the New York Times, High Country News, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian, and others. Lee’s reporting has been supported by significant awards and fellowships, including the Logan fellowship, Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the Lizzie Grossman Grant for Environmental Health Reporting. Her 2016 book The Fish Market, which chronicles the gentrification of the sea in the name of sustainable seafood, won an Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction. Lee is deeply involved in nonprofit journalism, formerly working as the managing director of the nonprofit journalism studio InvestigateWest.
Alex Loznak is a junior at Columbia University in New York City, with a major in Sustainable Development. He goes to college a long way from the Oregon farm that has been in his family for seven generations. Alex started a Climate Change Club at Roseburg High School, started the League of Umpqua Climate Youth (“LUCY”), and has lobbied his state legislators to pass comprehensive climate legislation. He has now also conducted extensive research for this lawsuit, including uncovering President John F. Kennedy's knowledge of human-caused climate change.