Present and future victims of climate change have a story to tell that the world needs to hear, whether ready to deal with the implications or not. While the legal and political community has started talking about these subjects, the most compelling stories come from those that experience the inconsistency and impact of our changing climate on a daily basis.
The villager who watches the corroding shore every day.
The pacific islander who has experienced the increasingly terrifying king tide with each new year.
The farmer with dry crops and disappearing wells.
These stories abound.
Those that have the smallest impact on the world’s climate are carrying the brunt of climate changes impacts. Their struggles become less foreign and more crucial when their stories are told.
Brook Meakins is an attorney in Oakland, California with a practice that specializes in providing legal assistance and advocacy that combats injustice.
While Brook responds to injustice on all levels, her primary focus is with individuals in low-lying island countries who face imminent threat of climate-related disaster.

32 responses

  1. Jamie

    Love it Brook! I will be an avid follower/supporter!
    Love you! Jamie

    May 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    • Thanks Jamie! I welcome your thoughts always and would also love to know what your science class thinks!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    • Happy to see you comment on my site.I am a new wordpress blog.I am not experience it yet.
      I am interested in your site.Can I get your site in my Blogroll to make network to our site.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  2. Sara

    Prof. Meakins, what a beautiful cause! this is a very soul touching! I knew you were/are a true spirit! It is time for all the people of the world to increase our awareness and consciousness, and awakens to the truth of all the things we are doing wrong, and start doing good. This is a time of great transformation in which all men and women who believe in projects like yours, not only become a follower, but an active supporter in any shape or form, to protect and rescue the planet. The time is now, many more unimaginable disaster will befall the earth if we continue down this path. It is necessary to roll up our sleeves to work together and connect with ourselves, our spirit and life, and help others less fortunate.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    • Thank you Sara! You are very correct about needing to pull up our sleeves. Maybe this summer we can do more brainstorming once you’re done with the exam! 🙂

      May 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

  3. Mwema

    Dear Brook,
    Keep it up the work you’ve started. I appreciate. Sometime I wonder what would be the fate of this world in 100 years to come!
    Unless we change our today’s lifestyle, the fate of our beautiful Earth remains uncertain!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:06 am

    • Couldn’t agree more Mwema! Get working on your guest blog! I can’t wait to learn more about your stories and experiences as your career blossoms!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

  4. Dear Brook,

    You have the support from OMG founders Carter and Olivia. Please let us know how we can help and make sure you watch our OMG video and let us know what you think: http://vimeo.com/12982742

    Best regards from the entire OMG Team 😉

    May 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    • Uemran Kati

      “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
      — Martin Luther King Jr.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

    • Uemran Kati

      “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice

      — Martin Luther King Jr.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

    • Thanks Jim and the rest of you at OMG! Excited to learn about more about your work!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  5. Brita Arcuri

    Awesome Brook. I am so proud of you. I know you’re going to continue to change the world, and I love watching you do it!


    May 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    • Thanks for your comment Brita! Welcome your thoughts anytime.

      May 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  6. Love your blog 🙂 Glad to locate a like minded spirit from the other side of the world!

    May 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    • Vositha- can’t wait to hear more about your work and to connect with you on future projects!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  7. tracey coleman

    Brook I am so proud of this beautiful, thought provoking work of art you are constructing. Thanks for giving a silent tragedy a voice.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

    • Trace, you’re on notice… start preparing that guest blog! You’re the most amazing story teller I know! Thanks for your kind words!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  8. Dear Brook — Thanks for your kind comment about my blog, and I look forward to more stories in words and photos on yours.

    On two other legal action fronts, in the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the work of Polly Higgins in the UK, go to http://www.pollyhiggins.com/Welcome.html. As well, check out Pennsylvania’s Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) (http://www.celdf.org/)

    I’ve posted stories on my blog about both.

    Kindest regards, Frank

    May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    • Frank thank you for these links! Polly is great, an inspiration! And I will familiarize myself with CELDF’s work because of your introduction. Thank you!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  9. Gorgeous and important work. Thank you for letting me know about it…

    Beth Terry

    May 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

    • Thanks Terry! I love what you’re doing- I want everyone to see your project!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  10. Sue

    Thanks Brook. This is a wonderful site. Great work. I’ll be reading it often and with interest.

    May 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    • Thanks Sue! Welcome your feedback at any time!

      May 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  11. Awesome blog. Really thoroughly visually aesthetically and logically impressive!

    – Kedar at Agneya Carbon Ventures

    May 11, 2011 at 3:53 am

  12. Dana

    What an inspirational, beautiful, thought provoking blog! Yasmin shared the link with me and I posted a link to your blog of my facebook wall…

    May 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

  13. Kedar and Dana- thanks for the positive feedback! Keep checking back for more!

    May 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

  14. This is a clear case of a picture being worth at least a thousand words. Words are a recent innovation and carry much meaning but pictures have existed since the evolution of eyes and they convey meaning that words could never do. Thanks for visiting my site; I have subscribed to yours.

    Please feel free to use anything which I publish; I am committed to reaching people who can change the way we are headed because we have a long way to go in North America compared to the rest of the world and apparently very little political will to act in spite of the potentially disastrous consequences of inaction. I want to show those policy makers with an understanding of the benefits of movement to sustainable sources, improved energy efficiency, and mitigation and adaptation to now inevitable climate change consequences.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:20 am

  15. Looking over your site it is easy to see why you were drawn to the devastating tornado pictorial. Drastic changes in the environment have brought critical crossroads to people’s lives, many suffering in silence, without recourse, without notice. Your cause of ‘drowning islands’ will hopefully change that for some, and Human Factor will help with getting your message out to readers. We look forward to future posts.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

  16. Scientific American featured 5 articles about the impact of climate on people in Bangladesh, especially flooding, a few years ago and there’s another study titled “The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis” showing current (not future) worldwide damage.

    Both are listed on my page “Impact and Adaptation” at http://climateinsight.wordpress.com/impact-and-adaptation/

    I have no desire to steal any of Brook’s magnificent lightning; I see our offerings as complementary (she does lightning and I do thunder)and I hope that she’ll allow me to invite you to visit.


    May 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

    • Alan- you are ALWAYS welcome to post link’s to anything on this site! I love “lightning” and “thunder”- the more exposure, the better. Bangladesh is a heartbreaking example of this phenomenon- I look forward to your continued work and let’s continue this conversation!

      May 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

  17. Donna Davis

    Hi Brook,
    I share this passion with you. I am about to give a TEDx talk about the human rights issues surrounding sea-level rise and people pushed from their homelands. I focus on the Marshall Islands in particular as that is what my dissertation is about. I would like to have permission to use some of your photos during my talk. Would that be ok. I’d also love to talk with you about some of the things you are doing. You are an inspiration!
    Donna Davis

    March 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

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