Phoenix Sustainability Initiative: The Environment as a Human Rights Issue
While most people who live in the United States are aware of the effects of a warming planet, they rarely think about how low-income communities and communities of color in our country are affected by climate change and energy and environmental policies. The severity and extent of storms such as Hurricanes Harvey and Maria and rising sea levels in places like Miami and New Orleans, for example, have significant impacts on these communities. Those same kinds of communities experience a disproportionate level of environmental hazards, such as lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, and proximity to Superfund sites such as in East Chicago, Indiana. Environmental issues are also a matter of social justice.
Join the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative (PSI) as we welcome Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, for a discussion about environmental justice and its intersection with racial and gender justice. The event will be moderated by Mark Templeton, clinical professor at the University of Chicago Law School and director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. Chipotle will be served for dinner.
5:45 PM: Doors open, food available.
6:15 PM: Conversation with Jacqui Patterson begins
7:00 PM: Q&A
7:30 PM: Event ends
April 25, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Saieh Hall for Economics
1160 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637