The environment is fundamentally linked to conflict, so it is important to analyze the environmental dimensions of war. The consequences of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation will be amplified by the potentially disastrous environmental impacts, including threats to human rights, risk of nuclear catastrophe, and damage to countless types of infrastructure (such as chemical plants, fuel storage facilities, gas pipelines, hydroelectric dams, refineries, and more). Air, ground, and water pollution, as well as food insecurity can pose both immediate and long-term threats to Ukrainian welfare.
Join the expert panelists for a survey of what we know about the environmental impacts of the war in Ukraine. What are possible civilian consequences of the environmental harms? How is accountability assessed? How can the environment be protected during armed conflicts? How can these protections be enforced? This roundtable discussion will address these questions and so much more. This webinar is cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, Environmental Peacebuilding Association, and the Conflict and Environment Observatory.
- Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Director, International Programs, Environmental Law Institute.
- Stavros Pantazopoulos, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Toxic Crimes Project, Erik Castrén Institute, University of Helsinki
- Doug Weir, Research and Policy Director, The Conflict and Environment Observatory
- Cymie Payne, Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers Law School
- Damon Watson, Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration