Jonathan Lovvorn

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2017


Jonathan Lovvorn is Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at The Humane Society of the United States, and manages the largest animal law litigation and legal policy program in the country. Mr. Lovvorn has served as a visiting or adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, New York University School of Law, George Washington University Law School, Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, and Harvard Law School. Mr. Lovvorn holds and LL.M. cum laude in Environmental Law from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Lovvorn has published several articles concerning animal law, climate change, and wildlife policy

Jonathan Lovvorn, Climate Change Beyond Environmentalism Part I: Intersectional Threats and the Case for Collective Action, 29 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2017).
Environmental Law
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Poverty Law
Public Interest Law
Climate Change
Animal Law
Type: Article
This paper is part I of a two-part series of papers exploring the intersectional threats of climate change, its discriminatory impacts on the economically disadvantaged, people of color, women, children, and animals; and the unique role animals play as both a cause of climate change emissions and some of its front-line victims. The paper discusses the failure of regulatory institutions to provide meaningful solutions to the climate change problem, and why the 900,000,000 people living in extreme poverty, the native communities literally disappearing into the sea in Alaska and elsewhere, the 600,000,000 people living less than ten meters above sea level, and the more than 140,000,000,000 wild animals caught in climate change’s cruel grasp cannot afford to wait for incremental emissions reduction plans, carbon emission trading schemes, or other efforts to “stabilize” or normalize global warming emissions. The paper argues for the immediate engagement of the animal protection community due to the impending loss of billions of wild animals, and makes the case for reactivation of the historic alliance between animal protection and environmental advocates as a first step towards a more holistic and inclusive climate coalition effort.

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