Current Event

Title: Environmental Justice: Creating Clean and Healthy Communities for All
Date & Time: Tue., May 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Venue: Online

About this Event

Climate change, land, air and water pollution, toxic chemical exposure, degraded environments – the burdens of hosting polluting industries and of our failure to protect our environment fall disproportionately on low income communities, primarily those of color. The outcomes have led to social, health, and economic disparities. However, through that injustice have risen leaders and activists pushing for social change for the benefit of the environment and people. 

On May 4, hear from leaders about the historical context of environmental injustice, efforts being undertaken locally and globally to achieve environmental justice, how impacted communities are being included in planning and implementation, and ways we can all be part of the solution.

Our Speakers

Dr. Daniel Faber (he/him/his)

Dr. Daniel Faber is a Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, and an Affiliated Faculty Member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, as well as Environmental Studies. He is Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC). His research is focused in the areas of political economy and crisis theory, environmental sociology and policy, social movements, classical and contemporary social theory, environmental justice, philanthropy, Central America and underdevelopment, climate justice, and globalization. He co-founded and worked as Research Director for the Environmental Project On Central America (EPOCA), Earth Island Institute (1984-90), and has published numerous works on the political ecology of Central America. He is also a co-founding Senior Editor of the international journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. He is the author of Environment Under Fire: Imperialism and the Ecological Crisis in Central America (Monthly Review Press, 1993), recognized by Choice Magazine as an “1993 Outstanding Academic Book of the Year on Latin America.” His most recent work is concerned with the political economy of environmental injustice and climate justice, and includes the edited collection, The Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Environmental Justice Movements in the United States (Guilford Press, 1998) and Capitalizing on Environmental Justice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization(Rowman & Littlefied, 2008), which was a finalist for the prestigious C.W. Mills Award in 2009. 

Dr. Faber has produced a number of major research reports relating to environmental justice and climate justice, as well as the co-edited collection Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Popular Movements (Rowman & Littlefied, 2005). Dr. Faber is a Senior Fellow with the Global Center for Climate Justice, and a board member of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), a coalition of scientists, health professionals, environmental advocates, and labor unions working for a precautionary approach to environmental policy in Massachusetts. Dr. Faber is also on the Governor Board of Coming Clean, a national collaborative of more than 200 environmental organizations and 350 experts working in the environmental health field that are devoted to reforming chemicals and energy policy. He is currently working on a new book The Ecological Contradictions of American Capitalism: Towards a More Transformative Environmental Politics.

Melanie Gárate (she/her/s)

Melanie is an experienced climate justice advocate, science communicator, marine ecologist, and facilitator. Her work focuses on the intersection of climate change, social justice, racial justice, community organizing and advocacy. Melanie joined the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) in October 2019, where she leads and implements climate resilience task force projects focusing on extreme heat, flooding, and social inequities. She holds a Master of Science degree in Marine Ecology and Climate Change from the University of Rhode Island where she studied nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas fluxes from coastal Rhode Island and Puerto Rico. Through her research projects revolving around climate change, she was struck by the disproportionate environmental education and access to green spaces within low-income communities, which sparked her passion for environmental justice work. Prior to MyWRA, she focused on educating community members of the greater Boston area at the New England Aquarium and Mass Audubon. A native of the Pacific Ocean and Andean mountains of Chile, Melanie enjoys hiking and spending time by the water with her Puerto Rican street rescue dog. 

Additional speakers to be announced. 


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