The Long View Archives

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Summer 2015 — The Long View – No. 20

  • What Does the Papel Encyclical, Laudato Si, Say to Lawyers? by Max Miller
  • Thinking Globally on Global Climate Change: An Evangelical Reflection by Paul Louis Metzger
  • A Survey of Oregon Groups Taking a Grassroots Approach to Climate Change: Part Two by Ann McQuesten
  • Oregon Bike Law: A Quick Reference Guide by Charley Gee
  • Section Announcements:
    • Head Over Heels for Bike Law, August 26, 2015, 12:15-1 pm
    • Save the Date – Tree Planting Event, November 14, 2015
    • 2015 Sustainable Law Office Leadership Award: Compost Challenge! Applications due August 28, 2015

Spring 2015 — The Long View – No. 19

  • 45 Days of Earth Days – A Critical Overview by Brian Tokar
  • Just a Theory on People and Climate Change by Steve Harvey
  • New York Court Rules that Chimpanzees Must Have Duties to be Considered “Persons” by Lindsay A. Byrne
  • Oregon Public Policy Initiatives – Responding to Climate Change by Lyndon “Tuck” Wilson
  • A Survey of Oregon Groups Taking a Grass Roots Approach to Change: Part One by Ann McQuesten
  • Book Review by Max Miller: “The Conscience Economy: How A Mass Movement For Good is Great For Business” by Steve Overman

Winter 2014The Long View – No. 18

  • Crowd Funding for Small Oregon Businesses: Proposed New Rules by Jeffery S. Cronn and Claire E. Brown
  • A Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax: Good for the Economy, the Climate, and the Psyche by Daniela Brod
  • The OSB Sustainable Future Section: A Five Year Report by Dick Roy
  • Section News:
  • Steven R. Schell Receives the 2014 President’s Sustainability Award
  • Bodyfelt Mount LLP Receives the 2014 Sustainable Law Office Leadership Award
  • Book Review by Bill Halmark: “This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. The Climate” by Naomi Klien

Fall 2014 — The Long View – No. 17

  • Climate Change Plaintiffs Advance in Court of Appeals by Liam Sherlock
  • Guardians for Future Generations in Other Nations by Jesse Matsukawa
  • Are Livestock Animal Welfare and Environmental Sustainability Compatible? by Marie Burcham
  • Section News:
  • 2014-2016 Partners in Sustainability
  • Opinion:
  • Why You Should Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 92 by George A. Kimbrell
  • Why You Should Vote No on Ballot Measure 92 by John A. DiLorenzo, Jr.

Summer 2014 — The Long View – No. 16

Spring 2014 — The Long View – No. 15

  • Genetically Engineered Salmon.  Aurora Paulson, a Legal Fellow at the Center for Food Safety, discusses issues related to genetically engineered salmon and efforts being made to secure FDA approval to raise GE Salmon for food.
  • Program Announcement!  Collaborative Forestry Field Trip on June 28, 2014
  • 2014 Law Office Leadership Award Announcement:  Paperless Office (Nominations due July 31)
  • Partners in Sustainability Program:  Revised Criteria
  • Around Town: Innovations to Advance Sustainability:  In 2013, the Section presented its third annual Sustainable Law Office Leadership Award to Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC to recognize the most innovative recent practice of a law firm in advancing sustainability. In this article, we describe the innovative practices of the other law firms who applied for the 2013 Award.

Winter 2013The Long View – No. 14

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judg-ment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms” ~President Barack Obama, 2013 inaugural address

Spring 2013The Long View – No. 13

Individual Articles:

  • Biodiversity 101: What is Biodiversity? Amy Atwood, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, explains the web of life, the variability of life at all levels of organization, and the correlation of biodiversity with the diversity of human cultures and languages.
  • Getting on the List Noah Greenwald, conservation biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, describes the backlog for listing under the Endangered Species Act and the 2011 settlement to accelerate the listing decision process for 757 different species.
  • Amy Atwood and Noah Greenwald take a look at 40 years of the Endangered Species Act.
  • Why Save the Marbled Murrelet? Tanya Sanerib, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, explains the importance for both humans and the environment to save any single species, such as the marbled murrelet in Oregon.

Upcoming event: Phil Mote to speak on June 5 on projected impacts of climate change on natural areas in Oregon.

Consider This . . . “When you get into the whole field of exploring, probably 90 percent of the kinds of organisms, plants, animals and especially microorganisms and tiny invertebrate animals are unknown. Then you realize that we live on a relatively unexplored planet..” ~E.O. Wilson

Winter 2012The Long View – No. 12

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “Society is a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born.” ~Edmund Burke

Fall 2012The Long View – No. 11

Individual Articles:

The Sustainable Future Section congratulates Diane Henkels as this year’s recipient of the OSB President’s Sustainability Award.

Consider This . . . Is Human Activity a Substantial Cause of Global Climate Change?

Pro: “The greatest barrier to public recognition of human-made climate change is probably natural variability of local climate . . . Actions to stem emissions of the gases that cause global warming are unlikely to approach what is needed until the public recognizes that human-made climate change is underway and perceives that it will have unacceptable consequences….” ~James E. Hansen, PhD, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, et al. Aug. 6, 2012 study, “Perception of Climate Change,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Con: “It is a simple fact that CO2 is plant food and the world around us evolved when levels of CO2 were five to ten times what they are today. Our green world is a consequence of atmospheric CO2. And, food for plants means food for people. The extra CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere not only invigorates the biosphere, but also enhances the yields of our food crops. This is a tremendous benefit to nature and us in my view . . .” ~John R. Christy, PhD, M.Div, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Aug. 1, 2012 testimony before the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, available at the Senate’s website.

Summer 2012The Long View – No. 10

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “The ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1916

Spring 2012 – The Long View – No. 9

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we do it. And then we ask if it is possible.” ~Lester Brown

Winter 2011 – The Long View – No. 8

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “We are seeing the birth of a new perspective of the world, where ecology and economics are two sides of the same coin ” ~Leif Johansson

Fall 2011 – The Long View – No. 7

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.” ~Steve Jobs

Summer 2011 – The Long View – No. 6

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” ~M.K. Gandhi

Spring 2011 – The Long View – No. 5

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” ~Albert Einstein

Winter 2010 – The long View – No. 4

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ~Isaac Asimov

Fall 2010 – The Long View – No. 3

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “Even though the relationship between economic growth, wellbeing and human happiness is tricky territory, it is territory that should no longer be avoid, if richer no longer means better, or happier..” ~UK Sustainable Development Commision (2003)

Summer 2010 – The Long View – No. 2

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ~Charles Darwin

Spring 2010 – The Long View – No. 1

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Consider This . . . “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” ~John Cage