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CLIMATE JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
June-August 2020 - Online

Linking Resistance and Renewal: Overcoming Barriers
Thursday, August 6, 3:30pm EDT
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How can community resistance to fossil fuel extraction, environmental racism and economic injustice become more effectively linked to local efforts toward local self reliance and collective healing? We will highlight examples from communities in the forefront of all these efforts as guideposts to help us see the way forward. Presenters and participants will engage in discussing unique approaches to nonviolent direct action, grassroots community-building, energy and economic democracy, and a variety of creative strategies to overcome the obstacles to socially just climate solutions.  We will also examine how today’s protest movements are demanding community control of unjust systems while advancing viable alternatives and the full liberation of communities of color.

Presenters:

  • Eric T. Campbell, Managing Editor of Riverwise Magazine, Detroit
  • Scott Parkin, Rainforest Action Network and Rising Tide North America
  • Kelly Roache, Symbiosis federation of municipal movements, formerly with the New York Energy Democracy Alliance

Global Resistance to Extractive Industries

Thursday, July 23rd, 7-9am PDT/ 9-11am CDT/ 10am-12pm EDT

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How can we confront climate-related injustices while we also strengthen our communities and build resilient and participatory local projects to create a better world?  That is a central question for the many international contributors to the new book, Climate Justice and Community Renewal.

In this fourth circle of a 5-part series, authors of three of the chapters will explore those questions and more. We will learn about resistance to extractive industries and why sustained global resistance to coal, oil and gas are critically important right now. We will discuss the contradiction of coal, forests and the state in India, the struggles of Afro-Brazilian and fisher communities in Brazil fighting off-shore petroleum, and ecofeminist perspectives on resistance to extractive industries.

Presenters:

  • Soumitra Ghosh, Social activist and independent researcher, India
  • Marcelo Calazans, Director of FASE ES, Brazil
  • Terran Giacomini, PhD candidate, University of Toronto

African Resistance

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 10am-12pm PDT / 12-2pm CDT / 1-3pm EDT

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In this the third of five People’s Hub online Circles featuring contributors to the new book, Climate Justice and Community Renewal: Resistance and Grassroots Solutions, we will hear from the book’s three outstanding African authors: Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria, Mithika Mwenda from Kenya, and Patrick Bond from South Africa. All three have been instrumental in framing a critical African outlook on global climate issues and policies, as well as addressing the heightened climate threats faced by people across the African continent.

We will learn how people in Africa are directly impacted by global climate inaction and the proliferation of false climate solutions, and how African organizations have been in the forefront of fighting for more equitable international policies. We will also discuss the problem of African economies’ overreliance on extraction of minerals and other resources, and the difficulties that reality has posed for the full development of an African climate justice movement.

Presenters:

  • Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation and former chair of Friends of the Earth International
  • Mithika Mwenda, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Patrick Bond, University of the Western Cape School of Government, Cape Town, South Africa

Resistance and Grassroots Solutions Circle

Thursday, June 4th, 12:30 PDT/ 2:30 CDT/ 3:30pm EDT

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How can we confront climate-related injustices while we also strengthen our communities and build resilient and participatory local projects to create a better world? That is a central question for the many international contributors to the new book, Climate Justice and Community Renewal.

In this first of a five-part webinar series, authors of three of the book’s chapters will explore those questions and more. We will learn how agroecology practitioners and activists in Puerto Rico helped lead the response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria and established strategies to face future climatic and political crises, how communities in Bolivia are taking control of their water resources in a cooperative and community-centered manner, and how both cultural and political dimensions of resistance are shaping the responses of Pacific Island residents to the threats posed by rising seas. The Circle will be followed by a participatory Strategy Clinic, where all participants will reflect on what they heard and discuss possible future steps.

  • Marcela Olivera, Red VIDA, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Nelson Álvarez Febles, Cooperativa Orgánica Madre Tierra, Latin American Scientific Society for Agroecology, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

Indigenous Just Transition

Thursday, June 25th, 10am-12pm PDT/ 12-2pm CDT/ 1-3pm EDT
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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How can we confront climate-related injustices while we also strengthen our communities and build resilient and participatory local projects to create a better world?  That is a central question for the many international contributors to the new book, Climate Justice and Community Renewal.

In this second circle of a 5-part series, authors of three of the chapters will explore those questions and more.  We will learn about the pillars and principles of Indigenous Just Transition and why they are critically important right now, discuss Indigenous resistance to climate change mitigation programs, such as REDD+, that threaten Indigenous livelihoods around the world, and the struggles of Indigenous and other local communities to protect rivers, health, and their ways of life fighting to halt megadam projects such as the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador, Canada.

Host: Tamra Gilbertson, co-editor of Climate Justice & Community Renewal, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Presenters:

  • Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network, Turtle Island
  • Alexis Lathem, Northeast Megadam Alliance, US
  • Winnie Overbeek, Director, World Rainforest Movement, Uruguay

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