During the Western New England Law Review’s October 2019 symposium on Anthropocenic Disruption, Community Resilience and Law, Elizabeth A. Stanton, the Director and Senior Economist at the Applied Economic Clinic, gave a presentation that analyzed the overall impact that consumers and businesses have, in their everyday decisions, with respect to climate change and Anthropocenic disruption. In her presentation, she intentionally explores and parses through several questions geared towards underlying the key distinctions between individual consumer choices, known as kitchen table choices, and decisions made by businesses, or board room decisions. Additionally, she pursues a conversation on the decisions made by state entities and their continuous impact on climate change through the influences they hold over both consumers and businesses by way of regulation. She makes the argument that the regulatory space ultimately effects the largest share of our energy choices and, thus, our individual and collective emissions.
Elizabeth A. Stanton, TRANSCRIPT—KITCHEN TABLES, BOARD ROOMS, AND OTHER POTENTIALLY DISRUPTIVE LOCALES: THE ROLE OF CONSUMER ACTION IN CARBON EMISSION REDUCTION, 41 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 553 (2019), https://digitalcommons.law.wne.edu/lawreview/vol41/iss3/7