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31st Annual Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture, “The Roots of Environmental Injustice and the Limits of Environmental Law,” with Professor Sarah Krakoff

September 14, 2018

Sarah Krakoff, the Raphael J. Moses Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, is an expert in American Indian law, natural resources and public land law, and environmental justice. As this year’s Distinguished Visitor, Professor Krakoff gave a lecture on September 13, discussing “Environmental Justice and the Possibilities for Environmental Law.” During her talk, Sarah discussed both environmental and energy injustice, explaining how the Navajo Nation has, for more than 40 years, borne the brunt of environmental and human health harms of producing coal-based electricity on Navajo lands without receiving any of the electricity from the coal-fired power plant located on tribal lands. Today, as the coal plant is facing closure, the Navajo Nation faces the loss of jobs, while continuing to lack access to electricity. Professor Krakoff’s talk was a powerful reminder that a transition to clean energy will involve more than just producing electricity; it must also ensure that all communities have adequate access to zero-carbon power. Learn more about Professor Krakoff’s background at Lewis & Clark Law School’s website, and view photos from the event at the Lewis & Clark Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program Facebook page.

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