Nowhere to Run: A Connect the Dots Podcast

In this episode (4.2), host Rob Verchick renews his focus on the ways climate change disrupts people's lives right now. With the planet getting hotter, drier, wetter, and weirder, marginalized groups of many types are in the bull’s eye, forced to leave their homes and communities to seek drier, safer ground. His guests include CPR Member Scholar Maxine Burkett, Chicago activist and third-generation Mexican-American Gina Ramirez, and Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University.

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Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and a Member Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform. She teaches Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Ocean and Coastal Law, and International Environmental Law. View bio.
Gina Ramirez is a senior program assistant at NRDC, where she works to further sustainable land use and zoning rules that can provide crucial protections to areas of Chicago, like the Southeast Side, that are burdened with cumulative industrial pollution. Ramirez is an active member of the Coalition to Ban Petcoke and the Southeast Environmental Taskforce. She has a MA focused in sociology from Roosevelt University and BA in communications from DePaul University. View bio.
Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE), a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. View bio.

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