16th Annual Environmental Justice Conference

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16th Annual Environmental Justice Conference:Building Advocacy to Achieve a Just Transition

Saturday, October 5 at the University Center; 9am - 2:30pm

This is the 16th annual conference organized by local representatives of the Sierra Club Environmental Justice & Healthy Communities Program and faculty from local colleges and universities. The University of Memphis Department of Anthropology and Environmental Studies program began helping to host this event in 2013. This event is unique in its focus on informing grassroots communities and students about environmental issues and organizing strategies. Registration is free and the event is accessible to community members coming from off campus.

This year's keynote speaker is long-time community and environmental justice activist Richard Moore. Please see his biography below. He will be speaking on "Building Strong Alliances to Fight for What Matters." We will have an afternoon session by Pedro Cruz, Sierra Club Senior Representative for the Clean Infrastructure, Labor & Economic Justice Program: "Can the New Green Deal Tackle the Climate Crisis?" In between we will have breakout sessions with local organizers, activists and UofM faculty including Health Effects of Pollution, Stopping Neighborhood Landfills, Improving Public Transit, Drinking Water Protection, and Building Effective Coalitions.

Lunch is included, but free preregistration is required. Click here to register.

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Working for environmental justice involves strengthening communities and building advocacy for a transition away from business-as-usual practices. Please join community leaders and environmentalists for this day-long conference. Session topics will include: fighting neighborhood blight, building effective coalitions, climate justice, and drinking water protection among others.

Climate Crisis Art Competition

Environmentalists, artists, photographers and all creative people may submit your images in one of these categories: Cartoon, Creative Image, Photograph, Youth, or Solutions. You could win up to $1000 for "Best In Show". (Note- members of the jury and the organizers are excluded from competing in the challenge.) For full details and to submit your art, see this link: https://climatecrisisartcompetition.wordpress.com/ .

Winning images will be displayed at the University of Memphis, University Center, as part of the Environmental Justice Conference on October 5, 2019. All qualified images will be displayed on the website.

About the Keynote Speaker

Richard MooreRichard Moore is a longtime community activist and environmental justice champion. Mr. Moore is co-director of Albuquerque, New Mexico's Los Jardines Institute (The Gardens Institute) and national co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance. He has spent his entire career advancing environmental justice, racial justice, and economic justice. He was a founding member of the Black Berets in Albuquerque and co-founded the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) and later helped lead the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ). Richard has amassed numerous awards such as the "Keep the Dream Alive Award" from the Albuquerque based Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council, the 2005 Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Fellowship, the Human Rights Award from the City of Albuquerque, the Alston Bannerman Fellowship Award for Community Organizers of Color, the 2014 Luminaria award of the NM Community Foundation and the 2015 César E. Chávez "Sí Se Puede" Award from The Recuerda a César Chávez Committee. In 2015 he was inducted into the Civil Rights Hall of Fame Hall of Resistance in Selma, Alabama. He also served as the first elected chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) and has been reappointed three times to serve on the NEJAC and presently serves as its Chair. In addition, Mr. Moore has served as the Co-Chair of the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Task Force, and as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus National Environmental Policy Commission.

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Saturday, October 05, 2019


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