Hindsight Since 2020: Dismantling Anti-Blackness in the Climate Community

Hindsight Since 2020: Dismantling Anti-Blackness in the Climate Community

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 18 2:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 18 3:30 PM (Eastern)

Many refer to 2020 as the greatest racial reckoning in America since the 1960’s Civil Rights Epoch. However, as more Black Lives Matter yard signs, window signs, and mentions have become less ubiquitous, the nation has also seen a great dissipation in the attitudes of white people when it comes to race. According to Pew Research Center, white support for the Black Lives Matter movement has plummeted below 50%. This is most manifest not in conservative spaces, but in progressive spaces and the climate/environmental sector specifically. Join seasoned veterans of the national climate community for a discussion about how the sector has become even whiter than Green, and how this impacts the sector’s prospect for success.

Moderator

Panelists

Anthony Rogers-Wright

Anthony Rogers-Wright

Selected as one of the Grist.org 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016, Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over ten years of policy analysis, community organizing and outreach/advocacy experience. While serving as a policy analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado, he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate for a variety of social justice campaigns including environmental justice, affordable health care access, income inequality and civil rights for LGBT citizens. In 2012, Anthony led the effort to make Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative the first health insurance provider in the State’s history to remove transgender health exclusions from all of their policies.

In 2016, he acted as a surrogate and policy advisor for the Sanders presidential campaign and testified on the need for increased action on climate justice to the DNC Platform Committee. He’s written numerous articles discussing the axiomatic nexus between the climate crisis and social justice, and spoken of this issue at universities throughout the United States and in Europe.

Anthony earned his undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Policy and Jazz Composition as well as his Graduate Degree in Community Development, Environmental Science and Public Policy.  He is blessed to be the father of his energetic, entertaining and VERY loquacious three-year old son, Zahir Cielo (aka “Bean”).

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Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

Tamara is a native New Yorker and environmentalist focused on equity, access and community. She develops capacity building programs and creates multimedia campaigns to dismantle privilege and increase opportunities for vulnerable populations to access healthy air, clean energy, and a toxic free economy at the local, regional, and national level. Tamara is the North America Director at 350.org where she supports and is accountable to organizers and campaigners on the United States and Canada teams. As the leader of 350’s programming in North America she drives mission critical work and organizational investments to build a multiracial, multi-generational climate movement that is capable of holding our leaders accountable to science and justice.

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Elizabeth Yeampierre

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Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican environmental/climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry, born and raised in New York City. Elizabeth is co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance, a national frontline led organization and Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization. Elizabeth was the 1st Latina Chair of the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and opening speaker for the first White House Council on Environmental Quality Forum on Environmental Justice under Obama and recently featured in NY Times as a visionary paving the path to Climate Justice. She recently was named by Apolitical as Climate 100: The World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Award FD200

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