Monday, June 1, 2020
With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ International Keynote Speakers Support Fund
If we hope to address some of the most profound challenges of our time: climate change, environmental injustice and public health disparities, we must develop new approaches that recognize the interconnectedness of these challenges on a global, national, and local scale.
Whether it be understanding the impact of climate change on public health at a global scale, understanding the role of natural disasters in exacerbating existing inequalities at a national scale, or understanding the relationship between water shutoffs and local polluting industries on the health of Detroit residents, we must break out of silos to better understand how these issues relate. After connecting the dots, we must learn how to build public support and the coalitions needed to address these issues.
Academic pursuits, policy research and community organizing are all powerful tools that must be used if we hope to take on these challenges at any scale.
Whether you are well versed in the environmental justice movement or not, in his presentation “Connecting the dots: evaluating global, national and local challenges and opportunities in the environmental justice movement” Justin hopes to provide meaningful framework that will guide change agents in how to think about, talk about and fight for environmental justice at a number of different scales.
Attendees will walk away with a deep understanding of how widespread and urgent the environmental justice crisis is, a sense of hope and mission in addressing this crisis, and tools to do so in an intersectional and inclusive manner.
This event will take place in Eastern Daylight Savings time.
- Justin Onwenu, Environmental Justice Organizer for the Sierra Club, Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice