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'Climate Breakdown' : Episode 2 now available!

25 January 2024
The VU Climate Expertise Centre launches the new podcast ‘Climate Breakdown’. An exclusive and limited podcast series hosted by VU assistant professor Mathieu Blondeel. Together with world-leading experts from VU Amsterdam and beyond Mathieu delves into the complex challenges of the global climate crisis from various angles.

In the second episode, available 25 January 2024, Mathieu discusses a new tool in the climate activist toolbox… the courtroom! 

About the episode: Lies, Lawyers and Litigation

Increasingly, fossil fuel companies and governments are being sued for their lack of climate action. It makes one wonder, what are the advantages and disadvantages of taking these companies and governments to court?

In this episode, Mathieu is joined by two guests. VU assistant professor Clemens Kaupa is an expert in climate law. Together with students, he has launched a successful complaint with the Dutch Advertising Code Committee against Shell’s misleading advertising practices. Our second guest, Sjoukje van Oosterhout, is Lead Researcher in Milieudefensie’s ongoing landmark case against Shell.

Listen to the episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Climate Expertise Centre

Brought to you by the recently launched Climate Expertise Centre of VU Amsterdam, this podcast aims to contribute valuable insights into the challenges and solutions surrounding the climate crisis. The VU Climate Expertise Centre presents scientists from a wide range of research fields to provide insights into the latest climate research and to make knowledge accessible to journalists, policymakers and future partners. By bringing knowledge together, the centre aims to enhance sharing and collaborations to accelerate climate action. 

‘Climate Breakdown’ is available on Spotify and Apple Podcast, and produced by PodKasteel. Subscribe, listen and engage! For more information, questions, or to get in touch, please contact Mathieu Blondeel at or visit our Climate Expertise Centre website. 

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