TSU to Host Climate Justice Roundtable on December 13, 2013
The roundtable will also highlight the climate gap, inequity, social vulnerability, and environmental challenges that burden low-income and people of color communities and place them at special risk. Using a social equity lens, the Climate Justice Roundtable seeks to shed light on a number of questions: What steps are being taken in Houston to deal with the impacts of climate change? What actions have been taken to identify and address climate change and environmental justice challenges in the city’s most vulnerable communities? What policy strategies are needed to eliminate the climate gap and vulnerability? What is the state of environmental justice and climate change programs, policies, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) infrastructure in the Houston area? What are some of the major challenges and opportunities to climate change progress and building a racially and ethnically diverse Houston Environmental Justice Climate Action Network?
Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Dean, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University and co-author ofEnvironmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities (APHA Press 2011) and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disasters Endanger African American Communities(NYU Press 2012).
Ms. Nadia J. Siddiqui, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Health Institute and lead author of Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities of the Future (Texas Health Institute 2012), a report completed for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Commission to Engage African American on Climate Change.
Ms. Jennifer Ronk, Program Director, Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), lead researcher on Houston plan for climate-change impacts on municipal operations.
Dr. Beverly Wright, Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University of New Orleans and co-author of Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Rebuild, Reclaim and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast(Westview Press 2009) and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disasters Endanger African American Communities (NYU Press 2012).
In addition to the expert panel, the roundtable will also assemble a half-dozen or so community leadrs who will serve as "respondents" and who will help lead the discussion.
Mr. Juan Parras, Executive Director, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS) , Houston, Texas
Ms. Bridgette Murray, President, Pleasantville Super Neighborhood Association, Houston, Texas
Rev. James Caldwell, Founder and Director, Coalitions of Community Organizations (COCO), Houston, Texas
The event is free and open to the public. Click Here to Register for the Roundtable.
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