Investigative heavy-hitter Amy Westervelt returns with Damages to unpack the litigation engulfing our natural world. Its first season, entitled The Forest for the Trees, covers the rights-of-nature and the hundreds of legal cases around the world that implore companies and governments to take accountability for their roles in the climate crisis.
It's not easy to summarize the legalities and lawful significance of the environment, but Westervelt and the Damages team put in the effort to help us avoid the legalese that can bog down a meaningful conversation. We get to focus on the importance of peoples' relationships with nature and what puts it all at risk.
Throughout the 5-episode season, we learn about novel legal approaches that bring to light the importance of nature and the rights needed to lessen the impacts of the climate crisis. It plays like a courtroom drama but the plaintiffs are us and we're represented by nature – manoomin or wild rice in Ojibwe, the Te Urewera rainforest on New Zealand’s North Island, and the fourth-largest Great Lake; Lake Erie.