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Power to the People: Conversations on Bold, Equitable and Just Climate Solutions

A virtual climate week event series
Power to the People virtual climate week event series - You're Invited

Earthjustice and the Climate Group partnered to showcase bold and equitable climate policy solutions as part of Climate Week in September 2021. Hosted annually in conjunction with the United Nations, and in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC is a global opportunity to come together to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26 in early November 2021. The theme this year was “Getting it Done,” and focused on fulfilling and increasing commitments made by businesses, governments, and organizations.

As the Official Climate Week Policy Program Partner, Earthjustice hosted three virtual events featuring experts each focused on advancing bold and equitable climate solutions that center justice for communities on the frontlines of pollution; and actions that support a just recovery, jobs, climate and infrastructure legislation, and advocating for solutions that match the scale of the climate crisis. Please enjoy these pre-recorded events!

Past Events
Right to Zero: How We Can Transform the Way We Move Goods
September 21, 2021
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Building A Just Climate Future: Centering Equity in Climate Solutions
September 23, 2021
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How U.S. Forests Will Help Us Fight Climate Change
September 24, 2021
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Questions? Contact Coretta Anderson, Senior Manager, Influencer Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Earthjustice.

Earthjustice and the Climate Group partnered to showcase bold and equitable climate policy solutions as part of Climate Week in September 2021. Hosted annually in conjunction with the United Nations, and in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC is a global opportunity to come together to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26 in early November 2021. The theme this year was “Getting it Done,” and focused on fulfilling and increasing commitments made by businesses, governments, and organizations.

As the Official Climate Week Policy Program Partner, Earthjustice hosted three virtual events featuring experts each focused on advancing bold and equitable climate solutions that center justice for communities on the frontlines of pollution; and actions that support a just recovery, jobs, climate and infrastructure legislation, and advocating for solutions that match the scale of the climate crisis. Please enjoy these pre-recorded events!

Questions? Contact Coretta Anderson, Senior Manager, Influencer Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Earthjustice.

Right to Zero: How We Can Transform the Way We Move Goods

Aired Tuesday, September 21, 2021

“I think we will claim success against the fossil fuel industry and the freight industry when we don’t see our rights continue to be infringed on. I think we’ll be able to [claim success] when our communities are able to decide for themselves when a project should not go on, when combustion shouldn’t be used anymore, when a system of transferring goods is done equitably.”
Andrea Vidaurre Co-founder & Policy Lead, People’s Collective for Environmental Justice

The goods movement industry has seen a recent rise in prominence during the pandemic. And while the benefits of getting goods delivered to your door has allowed the economy to continue along, there is a dark side of pollution in communities around pollution-heavy ports, rail, and trucking corridors. In California, where the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are receiving record traffic, residents breathe some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Earthjustice — along with our partners — is fighting for zero-emissions policies and technologies that do not produce air pollutants that damage our health or disrupt our climate.

With our Right to Zero campaign, Earthjustice is setting our sights and standards high to drive a massive shift in the way we use energy and transport goods, services, and ourselves. Our featured experts will share their insights on the issues around pollution and goods movement, and the solutions they’re pursuing for the health, safety, and well-being of the communities they call home.

Panelists:

  • Dr. John Miller, Former Emergency Room Physician and longtime Port advocate
  • Theral Golden, Member, West Long Beach Neighborhood Association
  • Andrea Vidaurre, Co-Founder & Policy Lead, People’s Collective for Environmental Justice
  • Athena Motavvef, Associate Legislative Representative, Earthjustice

Building A Just Climate Future: Centering Equity in Climate Solutions

Aired Thursday, September 23, 2021

“So that when we talk about clean energy, it is clean, equitable, and JUST. All three words — not just one.”
Michele L. Roberts National Co-Coordinator, Environmental Justice Health Alliance and Member, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC)

This is a defining moment for our country and our planet. The climate crisis is fully upon us and across the globe, people who have suffered compounding harms from corporate polluters and their political allies are calling for climate solutions that advance economic, racial, and social justice, especially for people, including workers, on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

The Biden-Harris administration has taken unprecedented steps to advance environmental justice by directing all federal agencies to center equity in policy-making, improving consultation with communities on the frontlines of pollution, committing 40% of the benefits of climate investments to disadvantaged communities, and establishing the first White House environmental justice panel to advise the administration on delivering clean air and water, a safer environment, and climate action for everyone, especially low-income communities of color. And while gains have been made, there are still urgent needs to be addressed. Now is the time to advance bold and equitable climate solutions that make President Biden’s commitments a reality for communities on the frontlines of pollution. Now is the time for Congress to make unprecedented investments in a just recovery, jobs, and climate solutions.

To mark Climate Week NYC 2021, Earthjustice presents, Building A Just Climate Future: Centering Equity in Climate Solutions, featuring a renowned panel of experts who are working to ensure that as we rebound from our current crises, we don’t simply return to the same inequitable systems — instead, that we advance toward a healthier, more just and more prosperous future for all.

Panelists:

  • Michele L. Roberts, National Co-Coordinator, Environmental Justice Health Alliance and Member, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC)
  • Harold Mitchell Jr., Executive Director, ReGenesis Project (ReGenesis) and Member, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC)
  • Representative A. Donald McEachin, Congressman, 4th Congressional District of Virginia, United States House of Representatives
  • Jill Tauber (moderator), Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy, Earthjustice

How U.S. Forests Will Help Us Fight Climate Change

Aired Friday, September 24, 2021

“We need to take big actions as soon as possible on climate change... When you think about mature and old growth protections compared to some of these incredibly challenging goals that we’re aiming for, it really represents low-hanging fruit. This is common sense, it’s cost-effective, it should have been done a very long time ago, and it is one of the best near-term solutions we have to fight climate change.”
Lauren Anderson Climate Forest Policy Coordinator, Oregon Wild

It is widely known that forests are one of the best solutions to climate change, due to the massive amount of carbon trees can store. We cannot deal with the climate crisis if we continue logging mature and old-growth forests. These forests are our country’s largest carbon sinks, and we must invest in them if we are to preserve a livable climate. In honor of Climate Week NYC 2021, this panel will examine why it is essential that antiquated federal forest policy be updated to conserve mature and old growth forests in the United States and explore the benefits of forest protections for Indigenous communities, biodiversity, and the climate.

Speakers:

  • Wanda “Kashudoha” Loescher Culp, Tlingit artist, activist, advocate
  • Dr. Beverly Law , Emeritus Professor, College of Forestry, Oregon State University
  • Lauren Anderson, Climate Forest Policy Coordinator, Oregon Wild
  • Drew Caputo (moderator), Vice President of Litigation for Lands, Wildlife & Oceans, Earthjustice