Below the Radar
Below the Radar
Sep 21, 2021
Environmental Law and the Politics of Extraction — with Eugene Kung
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Environmental lawyer Eugene Kung joins Below the Radar’s Climate Justice & Inequality series to discuss pipeline politics in BC and the role of law in fighting the climate crisis. Eugene shares about how law has been wielded as a mechanism for enacting colonialism, and the various ways it can instead be a tool for effecting major change and upholding human rights.

Eugene discusses different legal strategies to mitigate climate change — from legislation and law reform, to legal challenges against extractive energy projects that drive pollution. He speaks to a positive shift that has seen more Indigenous nations asserting their own laws and sovereignty in decision-making, as caretakers of their lands.

He and Am also discuss how to decentre whiteness and Western perspectives in the climate justice movement and the importance of connecting environmentalism with other social movements and systemic issues.

Episode page: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/community-engagement/Below-the-Radar/episodes/episodes1/ep134-eugene-kung.html
Transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/community-engagement/Below-the-Radar/transcripts/ep134-eugene-kung.html

Resources:
— “The Time of the Lone Wolf is Over” by Eugene Kung: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2016/07/OS124_Kung.pdf
— Eugene’s writings for Policy Options: https://policyoptions.irpp.org/authors/eugene-kung/
— West Coast Environmental Law: https://wcel.org/
— BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre: http://bcpiac.com/
— Climate Justice Webinar Series: “Just Is”≠ Justice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr5-J6H0rl0
— 2018 Tsleil-Waututh v. Canada case brief: https://www.dgwlaw.ca/case-brief-tsleil-waututh-v-canada-attorney-general-2018-fca-153/
— “Tim Hortons Workers File Double-Double BC Rights Complaint”: https://www.huffpost.com/archive/ca/entry/tim-hortons-complaint-bc-human-rights-dawson-creek_n_2104706
— “BC Refuses Calls to Compensate African Tree-planters”: https://thetyee.ca/News/2014/06/05/BC-Treeplanter-Compensation/
— Read the Trans Mountain Assessment Report by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation: https://twnsacredtrust.ca/assessment-report-download/
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