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“Race, Power and the Environment: Building a Youth Driven Climate Justice Movement” presented by Dr. Antwi Akom, Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED).
For climate change to become a global priority, for it to become everybody's movement, a stronger connection must be made to everyday people's daily lives. The broad and vibrant response necessary to address climate change and serve as a counterweight to special interests in oil and coal industries requires the engagement of more people, from a wider array of society. In addition, while many people of color and low-income communities regard climate change and the environment as priorities, the climate change movement still remains highly homogenous by race and class and significantly by gender in its leadership.
The organization that Dr. Akom co-founded, I-SEEED (the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design), along with strategic partners, is planning the largest climate justice day of action in recent history. In order to move beyond “one and done” days of action we will use innovative digital technology, data visualization, social media, and participatory action research to: (1) Create a climate justice action network; (2) Build a Climate Justice/Climate Change data visualization and mapping tool; (3) Research how youth and adults are experiencing and understanding the effects of climate change on health and well-being; and (4) Mobilize youth and adults to transform the global impacts of climate change.
The purpose of this lecture is to help students, leaders, and everyday people understand how participatory mapping can help build a climate justice movement for everyday people--particularly low-income communities and communities of color; to explore how mobile information technology can play an increasingly important role in building healthy, just, and sustainable communities; and analyze the connections between the abuse of the environment and the oppression of people with the least power, including the poor, immigrants, women, and people of color. Overall Dr. Akom will illuminate the ways in which the climate justice movement is everybody's social movement.
For more information on Dr. Akom, please visit http://userwww.sfsu.edu/afrs/akom.html
For more information about the series, please visit http://sustainability.illinois.edu/Scholarship1.html
This event is sponsored by the Center for a Sustainable Environment with additional co-sponsorships from College of Law, School of Earth, Society, and the Environment, and the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics.