The climate crisis is on everybody’s minds especially as unbearable heatwaves, intense droughts, frightening wildfires and extreme flooding affect the world over. As extreme weather worsens around the world, as seen over this last summer in diverse places, such as China, Somalia, Pakistan, India, Europe, several parts of the US, and East Asia, it is important that we take stock and provide important opportunities and for students to learn about and take an active role in addressing the climate crisis.
In the US, for 2022 so far, there have been 9 weather-related or climate-induced disaster events exceeding $1 billion in losses each. Water shortages and problems in Western United States, in Texas and in cities like Jackson, Mississippi, and Flint, Michigan have for all intents and purposes some link to a changing climate and broader environmental justice issues, that tend to disproportionately affect marginalized and impoverished Black, Brown and Indigenous neighborhoods and communities.
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|September 28||Esther Figueroa, Filmmaker Roundtable discussion with Hridesh Singh ‘25.5 and Annapurrna Xochisentli ‘25
Fly Me to the Moon
|October 05||Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want, an anti-poverty charity based in London (UK) “History of the Climate Justice Movement”||3:00–4:00 PM|
|October 12||Samia Dumbiya, Campaigns Associate at Change.org, Climate Justice “Campaigning for Climate Justice: The What, the Who and the How?”||1:00–2:00 PM|
|November 02||Max Ajl, Associated researcher, Tunisian Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment and postdoctoral fellow with the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University “A People’s Green New Deal: Where to Now?”||3:00–4:00 PM|
|November 30||Melinda Janki, International human rights and environmental lawyer “How are the Guyanese People fighting for ecological survival?”||3:00–4:00 PM|
This fall, Africana Studies will host a Climate Justice Series comprising student-centered seminars, discussions, film screenings, and other activities with scholars, activists, practitioners, artists and performers aimed at supporting collaborative learning and constructive dialogue towards promoting action-oriented ideas, projects and deeper analysis related to the climate crisis and its differentiated impacts on especially disenfranchised and marginalized human communities, non-human beings and the socio ecological system.