Environmental Law Program

2nd Annual Jarman Lecture Series: Conservation in a Changing Climate

On March 3, 2011, ELP was proud to present Deanna Spooner, Coordinator of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, as the speaker for the second annual Jarman Environmental Law Lecture Series. The lecture series is run in conjunction with the summer Jarman Environmental Law Fellowship. Andrew Porter ’12, the Summer 2010 Jarman Fellow and candidate for the Environmental Law Certificate, organized and hosted the event.(Pictured L-R: Professor Denise Antolini, Andrew Porter ’12, Dean Casey (Jarman) Leigh, Deanna Spooner, and Liam Skilling ’07)

Mrs. Spooner spoke on the role of conservation in a changing climate. The lecture focused on the biocultural impacts of climate change on coastal habitats, species, and cultural uses. Mrs. Spooner emphasized that, while climate change mitigation is crucial, there also needs to be a dialogue about adaptation to the inevitable environmental consequences created by a changing climate. Small islands in the Pacific are particularly susceptible to climate change; therefore, the dialogue and planning for adaptation to these changes should begin now, while there is still time to develop effectual adaptation and conservation measures.