The environmental justice movement is at a turning point. Instead of focusing solely on ways to protect underprivileged communities from environmental harms, today's environmental justice leaders are finding positive, proactive ways to create opportunities to empower communities within the growing green economy and a reinvigorated environmental movement. The UC Berkeley School of Law's Environmental Law Society (ELS) seeks to create a symposium that addresses the nexus between environmental, economic and social justice. This symposium will present a host of cutting edge policy solutions designed to empower communities which have traditionally been victims of environmental injustice.
Working List of Panels:
- Prof. Maxine Burkett, University of Colorado School of Law
- Adrienne Bloch, Communities for a Better Environment
- The California Environmental Justice Movement's Declaration Against the Use of Carbon Trading Schemes to Address Climate Change
- The Cap and Trade Charade for Climate Change
- Prof. Alice Kaswan, University of San Francisco School of Law
- Matthew Lappé, Center on the Commons
- Jesse Raskin, Greenlining Institute
- Ina Bendich, Director of EXCEL Law Academy/ Youth Voices are Rising program in West Oakland
- Hydra Mendoza, Education Advisor to SF Mayor and founder of Parents for Public Schools
- Ophelia Basgal, PG&E VP of Civic Participation and Community Initiatives
- CA Assemblymember Loni Hancock
- Dr. Dorian Fougères, Center for Collaborative Policy, CSU Sacramento
- Dr. Henry Clark of the West County Toxics Coalition, member of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.
- Ana Maria Murillo, the Hesperian Foundation (She has also worked with the U'wa Defense Project and Amazon Watch).
- Bill Gallegos, Communities for a Better Environment
- Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation (for an article about this innovative program, visit http://techforpeople.net/%7Ecatalystproject/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=67) and former Oil Campaign Coordinator for Project Underground
- Thalia Gonzalez, the Greenlining Institute
Please direct any questions or concerns about this event to symposium Chair, Erik Roper ( ).
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