As a part of the the American Society of International Law’s Signature Topic on Climate Change, I participated in a panel on COVID-19, Climate Change, and International Law with Cinnamon Carlarne (Ohio State Law), Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli (King’s College London), and Daniel Farber (Berkeley Law). I shared my ideas on how the pandemic economic recovery should include a green recovery that includes frontline communities.
The second event of the series focused on U.S. Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. It was organized by ASIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law. Speakers included Kaarina Airas (Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN), Daniele Violetti (UNFCC), Daniel Kammen (Berkeley), and Paolo Farah (West Virginia University).
I thought I could just quietly sign up for a marathon, and if I couldn’t run the whole thing, I would do the half.
Then, I got an email:
Hi Professor Ahmad,
Happy spring break! I hope you’ve been doing well.
I just wanted to reach out because I’m running the Tomoka Marathon in a few weeks and I noticed that your name was also on the participant list. I wasn’t sure if this was you or someone with the same name, but I thought I would reach out and ask because that’s so awesome!
My training has been off and on, but I am pretty sure I can complete the marathon. The largest distance I have completed this year is 8 miles, but I think I can go the distance. The problem may be the pacers.
I needed to get new shoes. I opted for Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21.
Running belt with water bottles
Athletic pants with zipper
Sebring, Debary, and Cocoa have marathons scheduled for the fall. Late April also has one in Clearwater, but Ramadan marathoning isn’t quite something I can do. And a summer marathon would be hard as well.
I did 7.25 miles yesterday. And need to do 30-60 minutes of running each day or every other day before the race.
In an email today from DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, he writes
Investing early in all 50 states
We talk a lot about the power of early investments, but it’s especially true of any effort to expand our party’s map. Think of it this way:
Fundraising during a campaign cycle usually follows what we call a “hockey stick” model. Donations stay fairly flat throughout most of the year, and then, as attention and excitement build in the weeks leading up to Election Day, more gifts are made and the head of the hockey stick curves upward.
Here’s the downside: Expanding our party’s map is fundamentally incompatible with the hockey stick model. Putting new states on the map requires investing in staff, organizing, and infrastructure months — if not years — before Election Day, which means that by the time our party starts raising the kind of money that could expand our map, it’s often too late to invest it to best accomplish that goal.
There are 634 days until November 8, 2022.
Election Day 2022.
What are we doing now? What are we doing in the open? What are doing behind closed doors? What are doing do really build the infrastructure to sustain us in 2021 and 2022.
Florida is not a Red State. Florida is a state marred by voter suppression. Unless we know and believe we can win, we will not win.
I wish there was one password, and it would work. I am so tired of having to secure the password again and again. I cannot remember how I spell the security question. Log in here. Log in there. Log in hell. I am so tired to having to keep track of passwords.
We knew it was coming. But it still felt so sudden. The loss. The ache. The pain of the loss and the heartache. She was always so strong, but so delicate in that petite frame. The fragile and the tough all combined in one momentous individual. Losing Justice Ginsburg is like losing the law. It’s a loss that really needs to be mourned before we can get back in to high gear fight mode.
I spent time in both of my classes today discussing the legacy of Justice Ginsburg. Her impact on business law and environmental law.