Tim Ream - ELAW Interview Series

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Seemingly minor changes in our environment can have catastrophic consequences in the long run.  Tim Ream knows this well.  Having worked with a broad range of groups - from the Peace Corps, to the EPA, and UN - he’s developed a unique perspective on the most pressing issues at the cross-section of environmental and human rights.

In this interview with WITNESS, Tim outlines the concept of our global carbon map and makes the case that global warming is progressing at a rate far greater then could have ever been predicted. The result: the acidization of oceans, the extinction of flora and fauna, and a growing number of climate refugees. As Tim points out, there are already more refugees of climate than of war, and the UN's IPCC predicts that the world could see up to 150 million climate refugees by 2050.

Tim’s plea: the proposal of significant environmental legislature by first world countries at the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.  If the global power players refuse to go green, then how can they expect developing countries to do so?



-Center for Biological Diversity

-University of Oregon School of Law

-Video: The Crying Indian - Full Commercial

-Peace Corps

-Kivalina Erosion

-Video: World's First Climate Refugees

-First Carbon Map of America Released by NASA

-UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 2009


Text by WITNESS Hub intern Dave Taub

[Thanks to our amazing team of interns that made these interviews possible!]

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