Media and Lectures

 

The Chaos Factor (op-ed, Geographical – The Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society)
There’s a need to take political instability around the world far more seriously when devising strategies for protecting our planet

Ways to Look at Trees (Interview in The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Secret to Saving the World (Interview with Salon.com)

Poor Countries Commit to Climate Treaty, So Why Won’t the GOP? (Huffington Post)
As the Republican Party assumes control of Congress, one of their top priorities is to roll back the Obama administration’s recent advances in energy and climate policy. Climate change has long been a favorite target of GOP leaders like Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, who downplay the science and exaggerate the costs of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Republicans have justified their opposition to a climate treaty by claiming that American efforts will be undermined if developing countries refuse to commit to controls on greenhouse gasses.

Campaign Against Gas Tax Is Foolhardy (op-ed, Sacramento Bee)

Student Activism Makes a Difference – Special Issue on Fossil Fuel Divestment, The Student Life, Pomona College

Lecture – Institutions and Social Order
Institutions: they’re invisible. You can’t touch them. Yet they shape every aspect of our lives

Paul Steinberg discusses environmental leadership on WAMC Radio’s Academic Minute
There was a time when US officials had to convince the Europeans to protect the ozone layer.  But these days, while the European Union races ahead in developing innovative policies to promote sustainability, America’s political leaders resemble a bird stuck in an oil slick.

Black and Green
In a welcome departure from the stereotypical image of environmentalism (think Birkenstock-clad white male), the conservationist-in-chief is African American. In fact, President Obama is only the most visible example of environmental leadership by people of color that has gone unrecognized for far too long.

It Takes a Nation to Save a Planet
The image of the earth viewed from outer space holds a special place in our collective imagination.  But it takes a nation to save a planet.  The really big decisions – transportation infrastructure, energy incentives, agricultural policy – are decided one country at a time in the nearly 200 nations that rule the Earth.

Lecture at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies, April 12, 2010 – Surviving the Storm: Environmental Policy Reform in Unstable Political Systems
Most of the world’s countries are subject to chronic political and economic upheaval.  Revolutions, coups, breakaway republics, hyperinflation, civil wars, state collapse, and constitutional crises occur with regularity in developing and post-communist countries.  Yet effective environmental governance requires cumulative institution-building over a period of decades and even centuries.  How can we achieve sustainability in political systems that are themselves unsustainable?

 

INVITED LECTURES

American University, School of International Service

Brown University, Watson Institute for International Studies

Cambridge University, Department of Geography

Claremont McKenna College, International Place

Conservation International, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science

Duke University, Sanford Institute of Public Policy

Engineers for a Sustainable World

George Mason University, Department of Public and International Affairs

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Pitzer College, Environmental Studies Field Group

Pitzer College, Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology (Dominical, Costa Rica)

Pomona College, Environmental Analysis Program

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

TEDx, City of Industry

University of California at Berkeley, Dept. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

University of California at Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy

University of California at Berkeley, Center for Latin American Studies

University of California at Irvine, School of Social Ecology

University of California at Riverside, Department of Political Science

University of California at Santa Barbara, Political Science Department

University of California at Santa Barbara, Environmental Studies Program

University of California at Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies Department

University of Colorado at Boulder, Political Science Department

University of Maryland at College Park, School of Public Affairs

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Public Policy

University of Redlands, Environmental Studies Department

University of Southern California, Political Science Department

US Greeen Building Council – Los Angeles

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

Winrock International

World Wildlife Fund – U.S.

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies